Online Learning Librarian
The University of Houston seeks a creative, learner-focused Online Learning Librarian to join the Instruction Team within the Liaison Services Department. The Instruction Team’s approach to teaching is rooted in learner-centered pedagogy and critical inquiry, with the intent of cultivating inclusive learning environments. Our focus is on teaching transferable information literacy concepts and abilities that are essential to critical thinking. The Online Learning Librarian will bring this same spirit to the Libraries’ online learning initiatives.
This is a teaching-focused position, both within the traditional classroom and online. The Online Learning Librarian will apply critical, learner-centered pedagogy to create self-paced online lessons, assignments, and other online curricula that teach information literacy concepts to students in face-to-face, hybrid, and asynchronous online courses. These online learning initiatives will align with the greater programmatic learning outcomes of the library’s information literacy program. The librarian will assess online learning for instructional effectiveness, inclusivity, and student learning. The librarian will also collaborate with subject librarians to enhance online information literacy education within academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels through targeted, curricular integration.
As a member of the Instruction Team, the Online Learning librarian will contribute to the development, teaching, and assessment of select undergraduate face-to-face and online information literacy programs. This includes the creation of lesson plans, learning activities, assignments, and assessments. Other responsibilities include administering the Libraries’ Research Guides (Libguides), liaising with UH Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support, contributing to the Instruction Team’s mentoring of librarians on effective digital pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning, and representing the Libraries’ online learning goals across campus. This position reports to the Coordinator of Instruction. The Online Learning librarian will receive mentorship and training on job duties as well as guidance in leading programs and initiatives.
The University of Houston is a dynamic, forward moving university with goals emphasizing both national research competitiveness and student success. Members of the instruction team are expected to proactively develop partnerships with faculty to advance student success initiatives and contribute to departmental priorities in alignment with the UH Libraries Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
The Online Learning Librarian is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth.
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the library
- Demonstrated excellent communication skills
- Demonstrated interest or coursework in information literacy and teaching
- Ability to create concept-based, learner-centered information literacy lessons, activities, and learning experiences
- Demonstrated engagement with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education
- Experience teaching information literacy concepts in online environments
- Classroom teaching experience
- Aptitude for learning new technologies
- Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of student success, student learning or education theory
- Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning and principles of accessibility in design of online instruction
Salary: $62,000 to $64,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at: https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000025&tz=GMT-05%3A00
Visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/. Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at: http://libraries.uh.edu.
The UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The complete document is available at: http://libraries.uh.edu/strategic-plan/. The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: http://www.uh.edu/about/mission/. We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.
University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.
General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: http://www.visithoustontexas.com/. For information about housing and living in Houston see: http://www.houston.org/living/index.html.
Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.
THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
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Applications should be submitted at: Online Learning Librarian