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OER & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Full Time, Salem State University (Salem, MA)


Open Educational Resources and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Full-Time, Tenure Track

Reporting to the Chair of the Library Program Area, the Open Educational Resources and Technology Librarian works collaboratively with faculty across academic disciplines to coordinate and support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). The librarian also works closely with the Dean of the Library on the administration of the University’s exemplar OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative. The librarian is also responsible for supporting student success through the development, management, and instructional design of technologies that improve the accessibility and user experience of the library’s online presence, including online learning. The librarian participates both virtually and in person in general library instruction, research assistance, assessment activities, strategic planning, and other library and campus initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides specialized assistance and collaborative support both virtually and in person for faculty on the use, adoption, adaption, creation, and publication of Open Educational Resources (OERs) Identifies courses and programs for OER adoption and work with other librarians to identify and promote subject-specific OER content in all academic departments 
  2. Designs and delivers virtual and in person workshops and instruction sessions to faculty and others on open educational resources and pedagogical practices
  3. Assists the Dean with the management and activities of the Viking OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative 
  4. Advises faculty and other librarians on copyright best practices, creative commons licenses, and fair-use 
  5. Writes and creates web content that supports all aspects of the library’s web presence; serves as back-up for the library’s primary website administrator
  6. Conducts in person focus groups and other assessment methods to improve user experience, accessibility, and usability of digital resources 
  7. Works with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to promote open publishing options through the digital repository and other online tool, such as Pressbooks
  8. Works with librarians and other colleagues to meet current scholarly communication needs of the faculty and identify future campus needs related to the creation and dissemination of digital scholarship
  9. Stays current on trends, best practices, legislation, and scholarship about open education and scholarly communication
  10. Participates in general research and instruction services; delivers and tracks research help services via consultation appointments (both in-person and virtually), email, and chat
  11. Serves in person and virtually on University-wide and library committees  
  12. Engages in professional development and continuing scholarship, such as participation in or contributions to professional societies and organizations or research as demonstrated by published or unpublished work

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s of library & information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program at the time of hire
  2. Experience teaching and advising on the discovery and use of open educational resources
  3. Experience teaching and advising on copyright, open licensing, and fair-use
  4. Experience teaching information literacy (classes, workshops, one-on-one)
  5. Experience providing research help using a wide variety of general online research databases, library-specific softwares (such as LibGuides), instructional technologies, and virtual reference services
  6. Experience providing outreach services in libraries

How to Apply:

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