Online Learning Librarian

at Tufts University (view profile)
Location Medford, Massachusetts
Date Posted July 27, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Minimum Requirements: Master's degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent. Minimum of two years of experience designing digital learning objects and using instructional technologies to deliver online and in-person library instruction in a public service environment. Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in online teaching and learning, including knowledge of emerging pedagogies and learning theories in higher education settings. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Strong commitment to outstanding public service. Desire to learn user needs, recommend solutions to continuously improve library service, and create a compelling, holistic user experience of the library. Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment as well as take initiative on independent projects. Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse community and willingness to adopt the Tisch Library values of Community, Curiosity & Learning, Openness, and Social Justice. Preferred: Experience teaching in an academic library or higher education setting. Formal training or coursework in instructional design and/or inclusive pedagogy. Candidates who are invited to interview with the search committee will be asked to provide a diversity statement in advance of that meeting.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $55,000 This position will be hired at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Librarian.
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $75,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
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The Research & Learning division at Tufts University’s Tisch Library seeks an innovative and collaborative colleague for the position of Online Learning Librarian to continue our growth within the context of a new strategic plan. This position will contribute to the development of the User Experience & Student Success Department, which, along with the Collections & Liaison Services and Digital Scholarship departments, make up the Research & Learning division.

The User Experience & Student Success Department leads Tisch Library in building expertise in online learning, user experience enhancement and usability, first-year instruction, and outreach to underrepresented populations. The work of this department includes: developing and supporting online learning objects and services for online learners; providing leadership and direction for the website and LibGuides platform; designing usability testing for and assessing the user's experience of virtual and physical spaces and services; and designing, developing, and implementing innovative programming for first-year instruction and outreach to underrepresented and marginalized populations as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

To further this work, we are seeking a colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues across the university to address barriers that limit access to library services, collections, programs, and spaces as Tufts strives to become an anti-racist institution.

A successful candidate will:

  • Lead the design, creation, maintenance, and assessment of online tutorials, instruction sessions, workshops, and presentations to promote general and course-specific research competencies.
  • Develop best practices for the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of a broad range of digital teaching and learning objects and serve as a resource to members of the Research & Learning unit and other library staff in developing online instructional materials within the context of accessibility and learner-centered pedagogy.
  • Participate in the formal assessment of Tisch Library's academic and learning services, including the effectiveness and usability of online-learning objects and other library instructional materials, to enhance student learning outcomes.
  • Participate in planning and assessing online and face-to-face services and learning spaces for the Library.
  • Serve as a liaison to assigned academic departments, participate in the first-year instruction program, lead information literacy instruction sessions, and provide research consultations.
  • Take an active role in developing and supporting the Library’s student success initiatives, particularly within the context of addressing barriers that limit access to library services, collections, programs, and spaces.
  • This position will report to the Head of User Experience & Student Success.