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Instructional Design Librarian - University Libraries

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries seeks applications for an Instructional Design Librarian to provide leadership and ongoing support for online, hybrid, and in-person library instruction by developing strategic and re-imagined approaches to teaching information literacy and supporting faculty colleagues in research assignment development. The Instructional Design Librarian is a key member of the Libraries team and will collaborate with colleagues across departments and the campus. This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

CREATE—The Instructional Design Librarian will be responsible for partnering in the creation of learning objects and instructional integrations. The position will also assist in the creation of guidelines for best practice and consistency in learning object creation. There will also be opportunities to collaborate and consult for a variety of learning methods and modes. 

LEAD--The Instructional Design Librarian will track developments in pedagogical practices, information literacy, and education technology. Additionally, they will lead the ongoing development of education and learning assessment best practices. The incumbent will also provide leadership as the Libraries continue to support the campus-wide rising demand for online and hybrid instruction.  As a faculty position there will be opportunities to participate on Library and University committees.  

COLLABORATE--The Instructional Design Librarian will work closely with teams both internal and external to the library and will provide opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the GVSU Libraries and the University. Early collaboration will begin with liaison librarians, the Libraries’ User Experience Team, the Knowledge Market (a peer-to-peer consultation service), and the GVSU’s Instructional Design for eLearning. We invite applicants who have innovative and creative approaches to their work and who bring a user focus to all aspects of their work.

GROW— GVSU librarians are full members of the university faculty as such they must possess the potential to fulfill the University Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure by engaging in scholarship and professional development and contributing service to the institution, including faculty governance. In support of this requirement, GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center grants page at and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at

Discover more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website (, or the GVSU HR site (


Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Master's Degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA
  • Experience with educational technologies
  • Experience working on multiple projects simultaneously employing strategic prioritization of work and time management skills
  • Knowledge of pedagogical best practices, trends, and assessment with a particular focus in information literacy
  • Strong collaboration skills with experience leading a project to completion
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as confident humility and the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing student-led learning activities (open pedagogy) in the creation of online or in-person instruction sessions
  • Experience with slide design or learning object creation
  • Knowledge of universal design for learning with a focus on accessibility and usability
  • Experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Understanding of copyright in application to learning object creation and instructional practices

Department/Division: University Libraries

Campus: Allendale

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Application Deadline Date:  May 4, 2018

How To Apply: Applications accepted online only at Please include a cover letter, resume, teaching statement, and at least three references with name, address, telephone, and e-mail address.  The online application will allow you to attach these and other relevant supporting documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Questions? Feel free to contact Jon Jeffryes, search committee chair via email  or telephone 616-331-3636.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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