Education Librarian

at The Ohio State University Libraries (view profile)
Location Columbus, OH
Date Posted December 1, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time


The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated individual for the position of Education Librarian.   The Librarian for Education is the liaison to the College of Education and Human Ecology (CEHE), with a primary focus on supporting teaching and learning, research, scholarship, instructional initiatives, and community engagement of the College. The departments include Teaching and Learning; Educational Studies; and Human Sciences. OSU’s regional campuses are also key constituents, with Newark having the only library with an Education Curriculum Center (ECC). Together with other library liaisons, this position is responsible for supporting strategic priorities of the Libraries and the mission of a land grant university, especially around affordability and open educational resources; digital learning; general education; and interdisciplinary research.


The successful candidate will have substantive knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing patterns within the field of Education, including both preK-12 and higher education; be conversant with the research methodologies used by education researchers; be familiar with emerging trends in pedagogy within the K-12,  higher education, and community landscapes;  understand data management practices used in the field; and be familiar with copyright and intellectual property issues resulting from faculty research and instructional development of course materials.

The Librarian will be committed to supporting efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in library, university, and professional contexts.  The candidate will have a capacity to thrive in a changing work environment and fulfill position expectations as outlined below.  This position reports to the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Cohort.



  • Develop substantive knowledge of scholarly and research practices, and demographic profiles of scholars and student majors in Education. Develop knowledge of publishing trends and scholarly communication in Education. Support faculty with emerging research methodologies and in managing data and artifacts generated in the course of research.
  • Develop in-depth understanding of major university initiatives relating to student success; affordability; general education; faculty instructional support; digital pedagogies; and develop a repertoire of strategies for staying current with these priorities and initiatives
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the Libraries and in academic departments. Learn positive team- and collaborative leadership skills in defining problems, seeking solutions, and supporting colleagues in their own professional growth.
  • Keep current in knowledge of: research data; scholarly communication, and information literacy. Develop collections supporting CEHE, working in concert with the Libraries’ Collection Strategist.
  • Develop instructional sessions and materials, collaborating with the Head of the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Department.
  • Provide research support for CEHE faculty and students, collaborating with the Head of Research Services.
  • Understand the higher education landscape and the political, cultural, and economic forces that impact colleges and universities, and the academic libraries that serve them.


Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis, completed by the time of appointment.
  • Ability to employ a repertoire of communication skills to understand the perspectives and needs of faculty, students, and campus stakeholders, in order to best assess the needs of individuals, programs, and departments.
  • Experience with research and practice in the field of Education, including K-12, higher education, and teacher training. Evidence of effective outreach and delivery of programming to key stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.


Desired Qualifications:

  • A professional degree, certificate, or coursework in education, educational leadership, or educational research, combined with relevant academic library experience.
  • Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility.


Discover The Ohio State University Libraries

The Ohio State University Libraries is here to support students, scholars, Buckeyes and beyond advancing research, teaching, and learning. We offer educational resources, services, and expertise that opens minds and forwards equity, inclusion, and diversity in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. Learn about our strategic directions.


Our greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways University Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world.


We provide convenient, ubiquitous resources and services – accessible from your home or office, inside one of our welcoming facilities or wherever your scholarly pursuits lead you. University Libraries gives you access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources, and distinctive special collections of exceptional quality. Our facilities offer work spaces designed to facilitate diverse learning styles and research methods.  Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at






This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.  Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.



All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State.  The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days of vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary.  State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:


Join Us!

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by December31, 2018. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Brittany Steingass,  Please include Preservation and Digitization Strategist in the subject field.


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


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