Position Opening: Instructional Design/ Technology Librarian


Instructional Design/Technology Librarian (Temporary 2 year)

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

Program Description

The UC San Diego Library’s Learning Services Program supports the campus community’s educational activities by offering subject specific, course-driven, and interdisciplinary face to face and online instruction. Learning Services will take into account all learners served by or connected to the institution, regardless of delivery systems, location, and differing accessibility needs and will incorporate the values of information literacy into everything that we do. Learning Services will strive to be the locus of expertise for instructional design and pedagogy that guides instruction services provided by the Library and seeks to create a learning organization that crosses disciplines.

Program activities include:

  • Designing and providing in person subject specific, course driven, writing program partnered, database and general instruction to UCSD.
  • Collaborating on general and subject driven library instruction.
  • Developing reusable learning objects in response to specific needs.
  • Developing best practices for LibGuides, oversight and related maintenance as needed.
  • Creating a repository of customizable interactive exercises and assessment options.
  • Create systems to provide peer to peer evaluations of teaching and/or teaching tools.
  • Designing formative and summative assessment tools.
  • Participating in Curriculum mapping.

Responsibilities of the Position

We are seeking a creative librarian to spend two years collaborating with instructional designers and teaching librarians to design, investigate and experiment with general and course-specific learning objects, materials and tools. The successful candidate will collaborate with teaching librarians and liaisons to develop online and electronic learning tools including e-learning objects that are accessible through course management systems and our library website and will spend significant time working on specific projects. Along with creating and testing these projects, the candidate will provide technical documentation for the objects they produce.

In addition, the Instructional Design Librarian will participate in the assessment of instruction practices and contribute to assessment efforts regarding online learning. The position will participate in the instruction program and teach face to face learning modules for standardized instruction. The position will report to the Instructional Design Coordinator and reside within the Learning Services Program.

The UC San Diego Library has recently undergone a re-organization, creating this new program and position, giving a motivated, innovative person the influence to help contribute to a program from the ground up. This work will include partnering and collaborating with other library and campus programs such as the Library’s Academic Liaison Program, the campus’ Academic Computing and Media Services, and more.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and integrate information competency elements into the program, specifically in online environments.
  • Create and maintain online instruction materials and tutorials designed for today’s learners.
  • Investigate and synthesize emerging instructional design practices, methodologies, and technologies.
  • Participate in peer-to—peer evaluation of Library instructional staff in order to strengthen teaching skills in person and online.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, students and faculty to design and deliver information literacy instruction in person and online.
  • Develop methods for evaluating the impact of the instruction program.
  • Identify and deliver effective instructional sessions and provide alternate learning opportunities such as LibGuides, train-the-trainer sessions, research consultations, online tutorials, or other just-in-time methods.

Minimum requirements

  • MS from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program.
  • Experience providing academic library instruction.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in instruction pedagogy, instructional design, and instructional literacies. Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of outcomes-based assessment practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology effectively to enhance information literacy instruction.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated willingness to engage in the design and development of new processes.
  • Demonstrated continuing growth in cultural competencies, initiative/judgment, self-development & assessment, continuous learning.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to adapt in fast-changing environments
  • Willingness to take risks.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or certificate in Instructional Design, Instructional Technologies, Educational Technologies or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of instructional systems design principles and models.
  • Proven skills in developing technical documentation for objects or tools produced.
  • Proficient in Web and multimedia development tools, such as Adobe E-Learning or Articulate products.
  • Proficient with courseware and collaboration tools, including Blackboard and Adobe Connect.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: Application consideration begins December 6, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled

To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00462

Please provide the following:

  • A short application letter addressing your interest in leading this program and applicable qualifications
  • A resume of education and relevant experience
  • The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  • A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:


AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

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