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Open Educational Resources and Technology Librarian, Full-Time, Tenure Track

Salem State University

Last Updated: 11/05/22

Job Description

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 in general library instruction, research assistance, assessment activities, strategic planning, and other library and campus initiatives. This is a full-time tenure track position.

Salem State University values, celebrates and appreciates
diversity in all its forms and endeavors to create a space that reflects the campus community population which it serves. Our students come to Salem State University from 38 states and 48 countries and reflect the demographics of the greater Boston community in which we live. We are passionate about providing an experience for them and our fellow staff and faculty, where everyone can feel supported while they explore, learn, and celebrate their identities, similarities, and differences. We welcome you to come celebrate with us and become a member of our community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provides specialized assistance and collaborative support 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 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 focus groups and other assessment methods to improve user experience, accessibility, and usability of digital resources
  7. Stays current on trends, best practices, legislation, and scholarship about open education
  8. Participates in general research and instruction services; delivers and tracks research help services via consultation appointments (both in-person and virtually), email, and chat
  9. 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

are required to perform duties in accordance with the
MSCA contract. Duties include teaching, providing research assistance and support, and other contributions to continuously improve the department and university.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience working in an academic library setting
  2. Experience designing and maintaining websites and online content
  3. Evidence of effective oral, written and social communication skills
  4. Demonstrated ability to work within a consultative team environment where collaboration is essential
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge of trends in open education and/or textbook affordability
  6. Demonstrated working knowledge of current educational technologies
  7. Enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles
  8. Fluency or ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Salem State University seeks to enrich the faculty/librarian ranks by actively encouraging candidates whose lived and scholarly experiences directly address issues regarding the health, welfare, and representation of Latinx populations in the United States. Candidates who meet this strongly desired qualification should present documented activities in Latinx-related teaching, scholarship/research, and service, including community-based endeavors in each of these three areas.

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online at and attach curriculum vitae, cover letter and unofficial transcripts.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to a background check.

This position is eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Salem State University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement.

EEO Statement:

Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note:
If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.

Company Details

Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Our Mission Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development. Our Vision Salem State University will be a premier teaching university that engages students in an inspi...