Evolving Workforce Resident: Instructional Literacy Librarian

at University of California Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted May 9, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01254


The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities. In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks dynamic, highly-motivated candidates for the position of Evolving Workforce Resident: Instructional Literacy Librarian. The expected effective date of the position is July 1, 2018 or later.

UC Santa Barbara Library has a burgeoning instruction program and is poised to expand instructional offerings to new modalities. With rising enrollment at UCSB, a recent designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and a substantial body of low-income, first generation, transfer, and international students, instructional services are increasingly focused on student success and retention. UCSB Library's Instruction Program continues to explore mechanisms for providing inclusive teaching practices, while delivering quality information literacy instruction to equip students with the necessary skills, dispositions, and competencies required in the 21st century. The Evolving Workforce Resident: Instructional Literacy Librarian will gain meaningful work experience in the theory and practice of teaching information literacy, paired with instructional design and online educational technologies, to effectively teach a diverse student population.

UCSB Library has maintained а residency program since 1985. The Evolving Workforce Residency is intended to recruit those relatively new to working in a research library who can contribute effectively to the changing role of academic libraries. Graduates and early professionals come into the market with new ideas, enthusiasm, a contemporary educational experience, and the potential to be catalysts in transforming libraries. Many of these individuals will inspire the development of next-generation library services. The program encourages Residents to imagine the academic library of the future and gives them the resources and freedom to experiment and explore new models. In return, the Library benefits from the focused skills and initiative the Resident brings to redefine the workforce of the future. More about the Evolving Workforce Residency program: https://www.library.ucsb.edu/library-human-resources/library-residency-program

The Resident will be hired for а term of two years, will participate in the librarian review process, and will be eligible for extension for а third year.


Working under the general direction of the Head of Reference Services, the Evolving Workforce Resident:

  • Completes required Evolving Workforce Residency Project;
  • Applies learning theory and instructional design techniques to develop inclusive instruction for diverse student populations;
  • Employs technologies to develop multimedia, online learning objects, and library research guides;
  • Collaborates with the Library Instruction Program Coordinator to implement online learning modules for the Writing Program for asynchronous delivery;
  • Teaches INT 1: Introduction to Library Research (a credit-bearing course), and Writing Program instruction sessions, as assigned;
  • Engages in curriculum mapping exercises for INT 1: Introduction to Library Research, using the Framework for Information Literacy;
  • Participates in reflective teaching exercises paired with formative and summative assessments to improve teaching practices;
  • Serves as members of both the Library Instruction Team and the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, liaising between the two groups to assist with identifying opportunities for growth and development of the Library Instruction Program as it relates to inclusive teaching practices;
  • Provides general reference services for faculty, students, and community members at the Reference Desk and online through the Ask-a-Librarian chat service.

During the first year, the Resident in consultation with the Head of Reference Services and the Instruction Program Coordinator, will select а project as а focus related to information literacy and instructional design. Mentoring and training will be provided. The second year will include reporting on the project-in-development. If the Residency is renewed, the third year will allow the Resident to gain deeper knowledge and more substantial experience in their project area, culminating with а capstone project (preferably for publication) that incorporates the expertise and perspectives gained throughout the three years.



  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science earned between 6/1/15 and 7/1/18, OR: equivalent experience with advanced degree in education, curriculum and instruction, or instructional design earned between 6/1/15 and 7/1/18.


  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of current and emerging trends in library instruction;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in а team environment;
  • Commitment to learner-centered instruction for transfer, first-generation, and underrepresented student populations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity and/or inclusion in the workplace and/or community.


  • Demonstrated experience in reference and library instruction in an academic library;
  • Coursework or experience with learning theory and instructional design techniques;
  • Familiarity with online learning technologies, such as video editing software, web editing tools, and Learning Management Systems.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/

The Resident is eligible for travel support to pursue professional activities at the same level as career librarians with additional support if funding is available. The appointment will be at Assistant Librarian Rank and will be full-time with access to the University's benefits package.

The Resident will be а member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers.


  • This position will remain open until filled with primary consideration of complete applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references, an optional but encouraged statement of diversity, and an optional statement of teaching received by May 23, 2018.
  • Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01254
  • Help for UC Recruit is available at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/help/applicants
  • For additional assistance, contact Ryan George in Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or ryan.george@ucsb.edu
  • Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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