Instructional Design Resident – Kansas State University Libraries

Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, KS, announces our 2012 two-year residency. 

This isn’t your typical residency. We are looking for someone with a high level of comfort in the online environment (whether it be programming, web design, social networks, social tools, course management systems, content management systems, or other web-related skills) and a strong interest in learning more as he/she works in tandem with experienced librarians.  Residents will be evaluated on criteria similar to that of other library faculty, including an annual portfolio.  This is a two year residency reporting to the Head, Undergraduate and Community Services.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the residency program is to:

  • Promote educational opportunities to provide professional-level experience in an academic Library
  • Identify and engage candidates who will further the Libraries’ goal of diversifying its staff, the    K-State community and the library and/or instructional design professions
  • Help the resident build skills for success in an academic faculty position
  • Help create a diverse community of university faculty and staff that reflects both our multicultural society and individual differences


The residency program will provide unique opportunities for individuals from diverse groups to pursue a career in an academic environment through:

  • Work in an academic setting under the guidance of knowledgeable, experienced, successful mentors
  • Practical application of skills and experiences comparable to those of entry-level professionals
  • Career development opportunities in a supportive environment


The resident canexpect:

  • To gain an understanding of the responsibilities of librarians or instructional designers in a university setting
  • To make contact with other individuals in the profession
  • Help in defining career objectives
  • To gather information about multiple areas of librarianship or instructional design
  • To experience what is expected of tenure-track faculty
  • Guidance concerning progress toward goals that have been set with supervisor

Core Responsibilities

The Instructional Design Resident will have responsibilities and opportunities to work on projects such as:

Special Projects (~75%):

  • Information Literacy Research Modules
  • Gaming and immersive learning environments
  • Mobile applications
  • Assessment of online learning objects
  • Assignment Planner (
  • K-State Libraries’ interface with K-State Online (course management system)
  • Library tools/widgets

Reference and/or Instruction (~10%)

Service (~15%):
Serve on various Libraries or University teams or committees, dependent upon need and/or interest.

Required Qualifications

  • Accredited graduate degree earned by September 2012 in at least one of the following fields:
    • MLS
    • M.S. Educational Technology
    • M.S. Instructional Design and Technology
  • No more than 2 (two) years post-MLS/M.S. Ed Tech professional experience
  • Demonstrated skill with online environments such as:
    • programming/scripting (e.g. PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, etc.)
    • lesson building software (e.g. SoftChalk, Adobe Captivate, Articulate, etc.)
    • content management systems (e.g. Drupal, WordPress, LibGuides, etc.)
    • learning management systems  (e.g. Blackboard, Angel, Axio, etc.)
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse groups both on the staff and within the
    patron community
  • Demonstrated ability to take the lead on and responsibility for small projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship/professional development; potential to meet equirements expected of academic library faculty

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledg   e of HTML/XHTML, CSS, Java, MySQL
  • Demonstrated understanding of learning theories
  • Knowledgeof information literacy competencies and standards
  • Demonstrated instruction experience
  • Academic library experience
  • Experience with or coursework in web design principles

Compensation/Benefits – Salary is similar to that of entry-level professionals.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package including 22 days of vacation per year and support for professional
development activities.

To apply send (1) a letter of application addressing each of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information for three references to, attention Kim Piper.  Please include ID_RESIDENT in the subject line.  Application deadline is June 29, 2012.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity
employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check

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