The UC San Diego Library’s Learning Services Program supports the campus community’s educational activities by offering subject specific, course-driven, and interdisciplinary face to face and online instruction. Learning Services will take into account all learners served by or connected to the institution, regardless of delivery systems, location, and differing accessibility needs and will incorporate the values of information literacy into everything that we do. Learning Services will strive to be the locus of expertise for instructional design and pedagogy that guides instruction services provided by the Library and seeks to create a learning organization that crosses disciplines.
Responsibilities of the Position
We are seeking a creative librarian to collaborate with instructional designers and teaching librarians to plan, develop, maintain and manage an innovative new instruction program. Reporting to the Director of Learning Services, the Instruction Coordinator will work with instruction librarians to provide and manage subject specific, course driven, and writing program-partnered instruction. The UC San Diego Library has recently undergone a re-organization, creating this new program and position, giving a motivated, innovative person the influence to help create a program from the ground up. This oversight will include partnering and collaborating with other library and campus programs such as the Library’s Academic Liaison Program, the campus’ Academic Computing and Media Services, and more. The successful candidate will:
- Supervise and coordinate teaching librarians.
- Develop and integrate information competency elements into the program.
- Create and maintain instruction materials and tutorials designed for today’s learners.
- Investigate and synthesize emerging instructional practices, methodologies, and technologies.
- Analyze data, suggest and implement changes to achieve the goals of Learning Services and the instruction program, the Library, and the University with regards to information literacy standards and other learning outcomes.
- Participate in peer-to–peer evaluation of Library instructional staff in order to strengthen teaching skills.
- Provide leadership by planning, collaborating, organizing, and mentoring to support the improvement of the instructional program according to the Library’s strategic plan.
- Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to design and deliver information literacy instruction.
- Develop methods for evaluating the impact of the instruction program.
- Deliver effective instructional sessions and provide alternate learning opportunities such as LibGuides, train-the-trainer sessions, research consultations, online tutorials, or other just-in-time methods.
- MS from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program.
- Minimum 2 years experience providing academic library instruction.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
- Knowledge of issues and trends in instruction, instructional pedagogy and instructional literacies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of outcomes-based assessment practices.
- Experience managing librarians and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to use technology effectively to enhance information literacy instruction.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
- Demonstrated willingness to engage in the design and development of new processes.
- Demonstrated continuing growth in cultural competencies, initiative/judgment, self-development & assessment, continuous learning.
- Creative problem-solving skills.
- Ability to adapt in fast-changing environments and willingness to take risks.
- Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.