Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Librarian -- University of New Mexico

Post date: Jan 12, 2021

Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Librarian

Position Description

Are you a motivated self-starter who delights in experimenting with new approaches to solve problems? Also, would you enjoy 310 days of sunshine a year, combined with a mild, dry climate and four distinct seasons, in a vibrant multicultural setting? If you answer yes to both questions, we at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (CULLS) have a great opportunity in the newly created Open Educational Resources (OER) faculty librarian position.

OER is a top priority for the College, and we will provide support for the OER librarian to actively engage stakeholders in the awareness, use, adoption, and creation of open educational resources. The librarian will be empowered to develop an OER program in an environment with a diverse student population who could benefit from greater access to affordable educational materials. Through sustained collaboration, education and advocacy, the successful candidate will lead UNM’s efforts and will connect with colleagues in the state working on OER initiatives. The OER librarian will also be responsible for actively seeking funding opportunities in support of OER related initiatives. The successful candidate will be the first OER Librarian for the College and will leverage a flexible, dynamic working environment to develop an innovative program that aligns with University and College goals for OER.

The OER librarian is part of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) department whose mission is to develop, cultivate, and support transnational, national and regional digital cultural heritage, scholarly, and educational resources. This mission relates to the College’s broader focus on two distinctive collection areas: Native American and Latin American. These distinctive collections and the campus researchers engaging with these materials create the unique environment for OER adoption and development at UNM.

The OER Librarian reports to the Director of DISC in this full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. The desired start date is June 1, 2022. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits. Prioritizing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, the College strongly encourages interested candidates from members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups to inquire and/or apply.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications (Meets or does not meet criteria, used for bona fides)

An earned master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program or equivalent OR a terminal degree in a related field by the start date.

Two years' experience with open educational resource adoption in an academic library or higher education environment.

Preferred (Desired) Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of open educational resources and open access resources.

Demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in open education and open access including assessment and accessibility of digital resources.

Knowledge of and/or experience with open education pedagogy and instructional design.

Demonstrated leadership and initiative in response to new opportunities in a rapidly changing field.

Experience with relationship and community building as well as a strong service orientation.

Experience successfully pursuing funding opportunities to support educational/community efforts.

Ability to communicate in Spanish or an Indigenous language of the Southwestern U.S.

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

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