Academic Technology Librarian, Occidental College

By IS Lab August 27, 2021

Occidental College

The Library is seeking an innovative Academic Technology Librarian (ATL) to join our Teaching, Learning, and Research Support (TLRS) team as we develop, deliver, and support scholarly information resources and digital technologies. Reporting to the Director of TLRS, the ATL will interact closely with faculty and have the opportunity to utilize and further develop skills and experience in learning management systems, instructional design, digital initiatives, and scholarly communication. This position is represented for purposes of collective bargaining by SEIU.

Job Responsibilities

  • Furthers the College’s and Library’s deep commitment to equity and justice by supporting inclusive pedagogy and providing equitable access to digital technologies and scholarly information resources.
  • Plans, designs, delivers, and supports academic technology services to realize the College’s and Library’s teaching and learning goals.
  • Serves as the College’s academic technology lead on its learning management system (Moodle), providing expert help and advice to faculty on how best to utilize the system to support their pedagogy.
  • Serves as the system administrator for Moodle. Provides advice and support to staff in using the platform. Explores, recommends, introduces, implements, and supports new system features and technologies to improve or enhance user experience.
  • Collaborates closely with the Director of Scholarly Information Resources in administering and managing the Ex Libris Alma-Digital archive and repository.
  • Leads the Library’s implementation and subsequent oversight and management of Leganto, the Alma/Primo Library Services Platform’s resource list management system.
  • Provides support to users wishing to employ digital scholarship technologies, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Omeka, Panopto, Scalar, and Tableau, to advance their pedagogy and research objectives.
  • Utilizes usage and analytics data to align digital technologies with demonstrated pedagogical and scholarly needs.
  • Works with Information Technology Services colleagues to ensure reliable operation and consistent management of digital technologies that support pedagogy and scholarship.
  • Engages with other TLRS team members in the Library’s 4-Year Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) program by teaching classes, conducting training sessions, and hosting workshops on academic technologies, scholarly communication, and digital initiatives.
  • Provides expertise on integrating the ACRL ILI Framework within Moodle.
  • Serves as a selector/liaison to one or more academic departments.
  • Provides key support to faculty, student, and staff researchers through consultation on digital archiving; institutional repositories; affordable course materials (ACM); and developing and utilizing open educational resources (OER).
  • Collaborates with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Center for Research and Scholarship, faculty members, and library colleagues to review new and emerging technologies that support pedagogy and scholarship with a view to acquisition and implementation.
  • Participates in local, regional, and national professional associations and consortia devoted to advancing academic technology through committee service and/or presentations. Examples include the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC), the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP), the Oberlin Group of Libraries, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Job Qualifications

  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program or its equivalent in work experience, education, and training.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience with learning technologies, management of technology and media resources, web development, and face-to-face instruction or training in an academic or research library.
  • Knowledge of learning theory, pedagogical practices, and instructional technology tools and practices.
  • An exciting vision for the role of emerging technologies in a liberal arts curriculum.
  • Excellent project management and presentation skills
  • Experience with planning and delivering classes, presentations, workshops, or training sessions on academic technology and scholarly communication topics
  • Close familiarity with learning management systems.
  • Strong support for the values of a residential liberal arts education and determination to strengthen the academic community by providing equitable access to a rich portfolio of digital technologies designed to advance teaching, learning, and research.
  • Commitment to supporting teaching, learning, and research by helping to develop scholarly information resources through open access, OER, ACM, digital archives, and institutional repositories.
  • Excellent listening, spoken, and written communication skills. Ability to interact successfully with students, faculty, staff, consortial and other professional colleagues, vendors, and off-campus community constituencies.
  • Energetic, motivated, and innovative team member and colleague. Team player who displays flexibility for working within a constantly evolving organization where responsibilities are shared across divisions and between individuals.

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position. First consideration given to candidates applying by September 10, 2021. Initial interviews will be conducted on Zoom

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