Requisition ID: P01482334
Department: USC Libraries
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: University Park Campus
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an Instructional Design and Assessment Librarian to develop, deliver, and evaluate library instruction modules and programs in support of the university's teaching and research enterprises. This position helps make certain that the libraries' instruction practices support the university's approach to solving intractable problems that demand transdisciplinary research and practice.
The position requires a working knowledge of pedagogical theories and the capacity to apply that knowledge in collaboration with librarians, library staff, and disciplinary faculty throughout USC schools and units. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Instruction, Assessment, and Engagement in the libraries' Programs and Planning department, the Instructional Design and Assessment Librarian is an essential member of the group responsible for further developing our program into a model of advanced academic library instructional design.
The successful candidate will demonstrate: knowledge of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education; awareness of current discussions about the framework's potential as well as its limitations; experience developing student-centered instruction activities and assessment tools; a strong awareness of multiple literacies—categories of knowledge and practice related to information literacy, such as cultural and visual literacy—that influence learning outcomes and research behavior; significant knowledge of current thinking in library, information technology, and education fields—including theories of authentic learning and constructivist models of teaching; a commitment to resourcefulness, collaboration, and creativity in the workplace; and facility with the technology necessary to achieve the above.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The University of Southern California is among the world's foremost private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology, media, and international business—USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit http://www.usc.edu.
The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information, and help develop engaged world citizens. Through these means, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California.
The USC Libraries comprise Doheny Memorial Library and 23 specialized libraries and information centers, including the Norris Medical and Wilson Dental Libraries, with an operating budget of approximately $41 million. Library collections include over 5.8 million volumes, 1.3 million electronic books, 3.1 million images, and 49,300 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, with access to over 113,800 serials in print and electronic formats. The libraries support learning, teaching, and research among a community of 43,000 students, more than 4,000 full-time faculty members, and 13,000 staff throughout 21 USC schools and units.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Lead the development, assessment, and evolution of programmatic library instruction in support of university-level and department-level information literacy and other learning outcomes.
Lead the development and assessment of library instruction materials informed by instructional design expertise and research on student learning.
Collaborate with USC faculty in the schools to develop instructional modules and integrate them into their courses; such collaboration includes consultation, assignment design, and other activities as necessary.
Collaborate with librarians and library staff to systematically design, assess, and integrate instructional modules into library instruction activities throughout the libraries; teach instruction sessions as required.
Oversee training and documentation for USC Libraries faculty and staff, as well as disciplinary faculty in the schools, related to implementing and integrating instructional design principles.
Work with library project groups and units, including the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and librarians and staff engaged in digital scholarship projects, as well as campus partners, such as the Bovard College initiative and others engaged in community outreach, to apply instructional design concepts.
Coordinate with library colleagues to identify, evaluate, and apply technologies essential to the design and delivery of in-person and online instructional services.
Apply instructional design expertise to support distance-learning librarians and faculty in the schools, including faculty teaching in the USC MMLIS program.
Maintain knowledge of emerging trends, best practices, and pedagogical principles in instructional design, including but not limited to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
Help promote a culture of rigorous instructional design and assessment within and beyond the libraries, including providing instructional perspectives through appropriate committee work.
Provide reference support in person, via telephone, and through virtual reference, including some evening and weekend hours; provide in-person library instruction.
In collaboration with other members of the Instruction, Assessment, and Engagement unit, coordinate activities for student and faculty orientation.
Contribute to broader library assessment projects as required; present and report on assessment activities to the library and external audiences.
Collaborate with the Collections division to develop and manage specific collections as required.
Pursue professional development and service opportunities within the library, the university, and the profession in order to advance toward continuing appointment.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Rank: Assistant or Associate University Librarian
Continuing appointment track, rank, and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at USC have faculty status. Appointment to the Continuing Appointment track requires the potential to meet the University's requirements for the granting of continuing appointment, which in turn requires demonstrated excellence in librarianship and substantive and continuing contributions to the profession. For more information on Guidelines on Criteria and Qualifications for the Appointment, Promotion and Continuing Appointment of Librarians on the Continuing Appointment Track, see: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/about/faculty/documents/Criteria_document07152008.pdf.
Benefits include a choice of retirements programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents). For more information about benefits please visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/Benefits/.
The University of Southern California is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting email@example.com.
MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC.
In addition, candidates must provide examples of:
Experience collaboratively designing, implementing, and assessing instruction materials and learning activities in an academic library or other post-secondary academic environment.
Experience developing and teaching academic library instruction sessions.
Experience collaborating with faculty in schools and other academic units to integrate instructional design principles into coursework.
Knowledge of relevant pedagogical methods and experience applying that knowledge in analog and digital environments.
Evidence of a strong service orientation in an academic or research library setting.
Effective oral, written, and visual communication skills.
Experience independently and collaboratively solving problems.
Ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels of the library organization and within the university structure, including supervising student workers.