Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian, State University of New York at Oswego, New York

State University of New York at Oswego seeks a collaborative librarian/teacher/scholar to join Penfield Library as Online Instruction/Instructional Design Librarian. Working collaboratively with faculty librarians dedicated to student learning, the individual in this position will lead interdisciplinary initiatives to ensure a meaningful library presence in online courses, at an institution where this delivery option is expanding to include global programs. He/she will be responsible for exploring the intersection of information literacy instruction, instructional design and learning technologies; and for providing leadership in effective teaching pedagogy. This is a 12-month tenure track position reporting to the Coordinator of Library Instruction.

Review Date: Review of applications will begin January 10, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with rank and experience.

Date of Appointment: July 1, 2013

Description of Responsibilities: The responsibilities of this position include:

• Identify the need for, and facilitate creation of, library initiatives to support online learning, including development of the Library’s presence in the college’s course management system.
• Facilitate the continued development of librarians as instructional partners in the student learning process. Develop expertise in online instruction and serve as a resource and workshop facilitator regarding pedagogy in face-to-face and online environments. Develop and share best practices for innovative teaching techniques and teaching information literacy across multimedia platforms.
• Serve as a core member of the Instruction Team, sharing in information literacy instruction and continuing improvement for the library instruction program.
• Oversee the creation and continued development of information literacy and critical thinking focused multimedia learning objects, including management of LibGuides resources.
• Collaborate extensively with a variety of teaching partners, including subject librarians, the Distance Learning Librarian, the Learning Technologies Librarian and college instructional designers and teaching faculty.
• Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
• Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.

Required qualifications:
• A Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program, currently held or expected no later than May 2013.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively use emerging library and teaching/learning technologies, and the ability to adapt quickly in a rapidly changing environment.
• Academic background, coursework or relevant experience in instructional design; and/or comparable teaching experience in a face-to-face or online classroom setting.
• Demonstrated knowledge and application of current educational pedagogy.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
• Strong customer service orientation.
• Experience working effectively with diverse populations.

Preferred qualifications:
• Previous work experience in an academic library setting.
• Master’s degree in Instructional Design or Education, or comparable specialization.
• Experience with online course management systems.
• Experience with reference service and/or collection development.

To Apply: We accept online applications only. Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current references electronically to

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.

Description of Department: Penfield Library is an active partner in the teaching and learning process, connecting members of the SUNY Oswego community with meaningful resources, user-centered services and engaging spaces. The professional staff includes 15 full-time librarians, several part-time adjunct librarians and 15 full-time support staff. Additional information about Penfield Library can be found at

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News America’s Best Colleges in 2010 and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research is evidenced by Quest, a College-wide day spotlighting original student research, a Summer Scholars Program, which awards stipends to students engaged in independent research and creative work at the highest levels, and the Global Laboratory, a STEM based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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