Undergraduate Open Education Librarian -- Texas State University

Post date: Jan 4, 2021

The Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University is seeking forward-thinking, user-oriented, energetic, and collaborative applicants for the position of Undergraduate Open Education Resources Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Information & Undergraduate Services, this position facilitates evaluating and implementing open and affordable learning materials, advocates for OER adoption to faculty, and develops relationships with campus partners to promote student success.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Create and initiate opportunities for open and affordable learning materials adoption focused on undergraduate students using various traditional and creative methods.

· Guide faculty in discovery, dissemination, and assessment of open content.

· Identify library-owned resources that could increase affordability and create a sustainable process with supportive colleagues.

· Participate in initiatives designed to improve undergraduate success, such as the Managing Textbook Costs Committee.

· Join, guide, and collaborate with campus partners in the adoption of OER for core curriculum courses.

· Provide training for faculty, staff, and students involved in OER creation/adaptation.

· Support student learning and engagement through campus-wide relationships; assist in promotion of undergraduate-focused programming in Information & Undergraduate Services.

· Assess and document/report the progress/impact of OER efforts.

· Keep abreast of and share emerging trends, developments, and best practices related to OER and its related practices.

· Provide quality reference services and research consultations to library patrons.

· Explore and pilot new ways of engaging with a diverse undergraduate community in collaboration with librarians, teaching faculty, and synergistic campus partners.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

· Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program.

· Familiarity with current theory, practices, issues and trends related to open education, open textbooks, open pedagogy, open licensing, fair use, and author rights.

· Knowledge of major OER repositories and open training materials, specifically for higher education.

· Writing skills to create promotional materials, training content, statistical reports, and general correspondence.

· Oral communication and presentation abilities.

· Computer skills and familiarity with emerging technologies / Ability to assess and learn new technologies quickly.

· Flexible and creative in performing multiple responsibilities in a changing environment.

· Interpersonal skills.

· Initiative and ability to work effectively as part of a team.

· Problem solving and decision-making skills.

· Commitment to fostering an inclusive environment for a diverse patron population.

Preferred:

· Knowledge of how to discover, adopt, revise, and remix OER.

· Experience regarding best practices associated with the adoption, modification, and creation of OER.

· Experience in the evaluation of textbooks/instructional materials.

· Skills in promoting and marketing programs to the university community.

· Instruction or Instructional Design experience.

· Knowledge of general library and campus resources & services.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Advancement in rank is available through the Librarian/ Curator Career Ladder. Available ranks include Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, Librarian, and Senior Librarian. Benefits include monthly contribution to health insurance/benefits package and retirement program. No state or local income tax.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of a criminal history background check.

Application information: Apply online at http://jobs.hr.txstate.edu

The University’s 36,000 students choose from 99 bachelor’s, 93 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and The Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.

Our students come from around the globe, and our student body is diverse. Fifty-four percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Texas State ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

Texas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Texas State, a member of the Texas State University System, is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.