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

Objectives

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

 Mentoring

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 (ksulib.org/ac)
  • 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 libhr@k-state.edu, 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
required.

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