Librarian II (Open Educational Resources Librarian) -- West Texas A&M University -- Canyon, TX

Job Title: Librarian II (Open Educational Resources Librarian)
Agency: West Texas A&M University
Department: Library Operations
Proposed Minimum Salary: Commensurate
Job Location: Canyon, Texas
Job Type: Staff

Job Description
The A&M System strives to maintain a competitive, high-quality benefit package to support the health and wellness needs of our diverse workforce. This includes comprehensive health and welfare insurance plans, additional health and lifestyle programs, and optional retirement savings opportunities. Eligible employees will have access to paid leave programs in addition to 13-15 paid holidays each year. For more information regarding the benefit package go to: West Texas A&M University: Human Resources Benefits

Cornette Library's Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian, under the supervision of the Head of Outreach and Instruction, will collaborate with instructors and provide professional development in the area of Open Educational Resources including but not limited to: open access publishing specifically OER, copyright and it relates to OER and Creative Commons, assessment of OER program activities and managing OER creation/publishing platforms such as PressBooks. Opportunities for professional development in these areas will be provided. Additionally, the OER Librarian will develop and lead OER initiatives on campus, including co-chairing the university’s OER Working Group in addition to creating, managing, and maintaining a Libguide highlighting faculty resources. Position works scheduled hours at the 1st floor Research and Access desk providing reference services and as part of library outreach and instruction team, participates in delivery of library instruction.

Responsibilities:
Open Educational Resources

  • Develop and deliver programs, under the supervision of the Head of Outreach and Instruction, that increase awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) and such things as adaptation/adoption, affordable textbook and resource alternatives, copyright compliance as it relates to OER, fair use, privacy rights, author rights, intellectual property, open access, alternative publishing models and grant writing options.
  • Creates, manages, and maintains the library OER web presence and a Libguide highlighting faculty resources.
  • Assist faculty with research needs as they relate to the development of OER and OER related copyright compliance.
  • Develop and lead OER efforts on campus, including acting as co-chair of university’s OER Working Group in addition to managing creation/publishing platforms such as PressBooks.

Outreach

  • As part of the library outreach and instruction team, assists with outreach activities and events as needed.
  • Professional Service
  • Serves as liaison to one or more academic departments.
  • Participates in maintenance of library collections in liaison area(s) through evaluation, weeding, and selection of resources in consultation with faculty.
  • Serves on library and University committees as needed.

Research and Access Services Desk
Works scheduled hours at the library’s 1st floor service desk, delivering reference and access services.

Instruction
As part of library outreach and instruction team, assists with instruction especially with first year instruction, McNair Scholars and High School AP/IB and/or visiting classes.

Professional Development

  • Demonstrates contributions to the profession through such things as membership in professional organizations, scholarly publications and/or presentations.
  • Stays informed and keeps the university community current on trends in OER creation and adaptation in addition to copyright and creative commons.

Other duties as assigned, including special projects as necessary.

May work evenings and weekends

Necessary Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science
  • 2 years’ experience providing instruction in an academic or K12 (public school) library and/or classroom setting.
  • Interest, coursework or experience related to open educational resources and copyright compliance as it relates to open educational resources
  • Strong background in reference service
  • theory and the processes of research and information retrieval.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical theory and practice
  • Enjoys working with people and has excellent interpersonal communications skills.
  • Strong verbal, written communication, and presentation skills.
  • Evidence of creativity particularly in developing outreach programs, products and services relevant to instruction and/or Open Educational Resources
  • Excellent soft skills: approachable and good listener.
  • Adaptable/flexible with ability to multi-task, analyze, organize, and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment, while meeting deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work well independently and in a team environment, viewing issues from a library-wide perspective using creative problem solving with a desire to contribute ideas and solutions.
  • Tackles opportunities and challenges with initiative and a confident, enthusiastic, and measured approach.
  • Strong comfort level with information technologies, demonstrating a familiarity with various operating systems and software.
  • Strong background in use of MS Word with ability to demonstrate use.
  • Demonstrated contributions to the profession such as membership in professional organizations, scholarly publications and/or presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years’ experience toward developing and implementing a program in an academic community that increases awareness of Open Educational
  • Resources Familiarity with trends in open education and/or textbook affordability
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience working and or collaborating with faculty.
  • Experience with the use of reference tools such as chat or virtual reference
  • Familiarity with copyright as it relates to open educational resources and Creative Commons
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge and use of social media
  • Experience with Excel, Adobe Acrobat, MS Outlook and PowerPoint

Applicant Instructions:

Please include the following with your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references

Please attach all documents in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page before continuing through the application. Please use the "Upload" button to add each document individually. All revisions must be made prior to application submission. If you need assistance with uploading documents, please contact WTAMU Human Resources at hr@wtamu.edu.

Texas law requires all males age 18 through 25 to be properly registered with the Selective Service System.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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