Tocker Open Education Librarian (Assistant Librarian)

at UT Austin Libraries (view profile)
Published November 1, 2022
Location Austin, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements MLS/MLIS or an education-related advanced degree.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $50,000 + depending on qualifications
Hourly or Salary? Salary



UT Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, service-oriented, and highly motivated individual to serve as the Tocker Open Education Librarian. This position will build on existing work and relationships to lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of the UT Austin open education program. This position will coordinate the Libraries open education services, including collaborating with faculty, students, staff, and administrators across the university to promote the adoption and creation of open and affordable course content, and assisting faculty in identifying appropriate open educational resources (OER) and support materials. This position will also promote best practices for digital accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and resource sharing of OER in collaboration with other Libraries units. The Tocker Open Education Librarian will actively contribute to the UT Libraries overall scholarly communications program which includes open access, repositories, copyright, and open education.


This position reports to the Head of Scholarly Communications and was originally made possible with a generous grant from the Tocker Foundation. It is now on continuous funding.



  • Develop and implement strategies for an open education program at UT Austin to build strategic partnerships with various campus and community stakeholders; promote the use and creation of OER and affordable materials; capture the usage, benefits, and cost savings of open and affordable course content on campus; and establish methods for assessing and communicating impact, effectiveness, and relevance of OER adoptions.
  • Implement and coordinate an outreach and professional development program for faculty and librarians to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of high-quality OER. This could include offering workshops, creating online content (e.g. LibGuides), and providing consultations. This work will happen in coordination with faculty, instructional designers, subject liaisons and functional specialists in the Libraries and open education colleagues in the community. Coordination of a mini-grant OER adoption incentive program (pending funding availability).
  • Guide faculty in discovery, dissemination and assessment of open content, and/or identifies Libraries-owned resources that could increase affordability.
  • Contribute to initiatives of UTL including working groups and committees.
  • Work with partners at Austin Community College, Austin Public Library, and colleagues across the state to expand OER awareness beyond the university.
  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in open education.



Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (candidates in their last semester of a program will be considered).
  • Willingness to work strategically, creatively, and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives in an area of work that involves ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Commitment to open access as a fundamental element of the mission of academic libraries.


Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS or an education-related advanced degree.
  • Familiarity with issues and trends in open education and scholarly communications – such as author rights, open licensing, and web-based publishing.
  • Knowledge or experience regarding best practices associated with the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER.
  • Evidence of creativity, initiative, and flexibility when working independently and in collaborative environments.
  • Experience with assessment.
  • Familiarity with faculty adoption of course materials and commercial publishing.
  • Experience in education, instructional design, or with using Canvas.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once, while effectively leveraging resources and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience leading programming or outreach efforts, including workshops, and faculty learning communities.
  • Experience working in an academic library, bookstore, or press.



Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.