Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks a creative and student-oriented librarian to join the Digital Initiatives (DI) unit as a 12-month, tenure-track, faculty appointment with rank of Assistant Librarian. This position is located on the USU Eastern Campus in Price, Utah. The Open Educational Resources (OER) & Outreach Librarian contributes to a robust and thriving OER program at USU Libraries serving Logan and the Statewide campuses and particularly the students and faculty at USU Eastern. The OER & Outreach Librarian works closely with the OER Team (a full-time coordinator and two part time student program assistants) in Logan and other campus partners to identify, create, adapt, and adopt open and affordable content at the course and program level.
This is a highly collaborative role integrating across numerous departments. Working closely with USU Eastern’s Library and Learning Commons (LLC) team, this position also supports the Public Service and assessment initiatives of the LLC and will facilitate information and resource sharing between the LLC and the Merrill-Cazier Library in Logan. The OER & Outreach Librarian collaborates with the First Year Experience Librarian to support information literacy instruction for the students and faculty at USU Eastern as well as outreach to concurrent enrollment students.
We are seeking applicants who welcome a dynamic, collaborative environment and wish to have a strong impact on the evolving learning, teaching, and research needs of the USU community. USU Libraries is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the USU community. The position reports to the Head of Digital Initiatives at the Logan campus with input from the Director of Operations at USU Eastern. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.
- Contribute to the leadership, vision, and support for USU’s OER initiatives in collaboration with Logan, Statewide campuses, and other stakeholders.
- Guide faculty in the discovery, creation, dissemination, identification, adoption, and assessment of open and affordable course content.
- Provide information literacy instruction for English composition courses for both on campus and online classes at USU Eastern, including concurrent enrollment students.
- Explore and develop new programming and outreach opportunities to support USU Eastern students in collaboration with the LLC stakeholders.
- Assess LLC collections, services, and overall information literacy needs of USU Eastern faculty and students and collaborate with USU librarians to meet the needs identified.
- Liaise with other USU Eastern, Logan, and Statewide campus offices supporting OER initiatives.
- Participate in professional development opportunities relevant to the needs of the position.
- ALA accredited MLS degree before start date;
- Knowledge of best practices when working with open and affordable course content;
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
- Ability to work independently and initiate needs-based projects with little guidance;
- Ability to collaborate and develop collegial working relationships;
- Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills with a willingness to experiment with new methods and technologies;
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs, assignments and environments;
- Ability to meet the university’s requirements for promotion and tenure, including excellence in librarianship and effective scholarly output and service to the university and profession;
- Demonstrated commitment to supporting, respecting, and embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view.
- Experience in an academic or research library;
- Familiarity with current trends in accessibility, copyright, and open access as they related to course content
- Knowledge of best practices and current trends in information literacy education and effective teaching methods;
- Familiarity with applying emerging technologies for both information and instructional services and OER creation projects.
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile
2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted in a text box at the end of your application
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Minimum of $48,000 per year, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary
Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.
Opportunity Type: Full-time w/benefits package
Advertised Salary: $48,000/year, plus excellent benefits, including an additional annual retirement contribution of 14.2% of salary.
Required Documents Cover Letter, Resume/CV, 3 References
• Life and Disability Insurance
• Health and Dental insurance coverage for the whole family
• 14.2% of annual earnings are deposited into a 401(a) account, no matching required
• 22 days per year of paid annual leave
• 12 days per year of paid sick leave
• 12 paid holidays per year
• Free access to an on-campus exercise facility for both employee and family
• Opportunity for 50% off tuition for both employee and immediate family members
• Substantial, individual, equipment budget, refreshed every three years, to purchase hardware and tools of your choosing to do your job well
• Ongoing training and funds to attend seminars, conferences, etc.
Review of applications will begin on April 26th and the position will remain open until filled.
Please address each of the required and preferred qualifications in your letter as fully as possible using evidence from your educational or workplace experience as appropriate.
The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.
A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.
The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.