Online Learning Librarian-- University of Houston

Post date: Apr 15, 2019

University of Houston Libraries


The University of Houston seeks a creative, learner-focused Online Learning Librarian to join the Instruction Team within the Liaison Services Department. The Instruction Team’s approach to teaching is rooted in learner-centered pedagogy and critical inquiry, with the intent of cultivating inclusive learning environments. Our focus is on teaching transferable information literacy concepts and abilities that are essential to critical thinking. The Online Learning Librarian will bring this same spirit to the Libraries’ online learning initiatives.

This is a teaching-focused position, both within the traditional classroom and online. The Online Learning Librarian will apply critical, learner-centered pedagogy to create self-paced online lessons, assignments, and other online curricula that teach information literacy concepts to students in face-to-face, hybrid, and asynchronous online courses. These online learning initiatives will align with the greater programmatic learning outcomes of the library’s information literacy program. The librarian will assess online learning for instructional effectiveness, inclusivity, and student learning. The librarian will also collaborate with subject librarians to enhance online information literacy education within academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels through targeted, curricular integration.

As a member of the Instruction Team, the Online Learning librarian will contribute to the development, teaching, and assessment of select undergraduate face-to-face and online information literacy programs. This includes the creation of lesson plans, learning activities, assignments, and assessments. Other responsibilities include administering the Libraries’ Research Guides (Libguides), liaising with UH Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support, contributing to the Instruction Team’s mentoring of librarians on effective digital pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning, and representing the Libraries’ online learning goals across campus. This position reports to the Coordinator of Instruction. The Online Learning librarian will receive mentorship and training on job duties as well as guidance in leading programs and initiatives.

The Online Learning Librarian is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth.

Required Qualifications:

      • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
      • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the library
      • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
      • Demonstrated interest or coursework in information literacy and teaching
      • Ability to create concept-based, learner-centered information literacy lessons, activities, and learning experiences
      • Demonstrated engagement with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

Preferred Qualifications:

      • Experience teaching information literacy concepts in online environments
      • Classroom teaching experience
      • Aptitude for learning new technologies
      • Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of student success, student learning or education theory
      • Familiarity with Universal Design for Learning and principles of accessibility in design of online instruction

Salary: $62,000 to $64,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

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Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.