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Distance and Instruction Librarian, Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL


Plans and administers library services under the direction of the Dean of Library by performing the following duties personally or in conjunction with other librarians. The Distance and Instruction Librarian will serve as a primary reference resource by providing reference assistance via phone, email, and IM reference. This role contributes to maintaining and building relationships with students, faculty, and specified service departments. The Distance and Instruction Librarian will also be responsible for developing tutorials and outreach materials to support online and distance education.

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Deliver a dynamic reference experience, which promotes inquiry and critical thinking and strives to produce information literate and technically proficient self-directed learners.
  • Knowledge of online learning techniques, including the ability to design library tutorials, videos, and interactive modules with Adobe, Camtasia and other software.
  • Serve as a liaison for a selected college, providing outreach, support and collaborating with teaching faculty to create and advance professional relationships that align library teaching objectives with course outcomes. Demonstrate knowledge of instructional design principles, information literacy concepts, and their connection with teaching and learning issues in higher education.
  • Maintain current expertise through participation in workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through continued awareness of the scholarly literature.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge Required:

  • Education and Training – Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media – Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of current and emerging technologies and their application to academic library instruction.
  • Copyright – Knowledge of copyright principles as they relate to online instructional design.
  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills Required:

  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring – Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities Required:

  • Inductive Reasoning – The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention – The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Education and Experience:

  • Masters of Library Science or Library and Information Science required.
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS) used in higher education.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty to create and advance professional relationships that align library objectives with course outcomes.

Equipment Used:

  • Office equipment including computers, telephones, printers, faxes, and copiers.
  • Software use includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Blackboard, and internal database software.
  • Software use includes Camtasia, LibGuides, and LibraryH3lp platform.

How to Apply:

The original job posting can be found here. Apply by using the job portal on the University’s site.