Instructional Design Librarian

Faculty Posting Date: January 4, 2018

To Apply:


Reporting to the Head of Teaching and Learning, this is a 12-month full-time, non-tenured, faculty librarian position. The Instructional Design Librarian will collaborate with colleagues, educational technologists, and disciplinary faculty to develop, promote, evaluate, and deliver instructional support and content for information literacy education online. They will teach for-credit information literacy courses for health sciences students, hold workshops for members of the university community, contribute to OER efforts, and create digital media to support the instructional goals of the institution. In addition, they will provide research services to students, staff, alumni, and faculty at Duquesne University.


  • Partners with librarians and campus educational technology staff to develop online learning tools to support information and digital literacy and incorporate them into the university's online learning environment. Develop and conduct needs assessment and usability studies for instructional tools.
  • Teaches required interprofessional research skills course for health sciences students. Collaborates with librarians in student-centered, instructional design of online and face to face courses. Develops effective research assignments, and online research guides and tutorials.
  • Monitors and suggests new and emerging technologies for blended and online learning environments.
  • Creates digital media content to be embedded in the LMS, LibGuides, the library website, and library communications.
  • Advocates for and educate the university community about OER adoption and implementation.
  • Contributes overall to assessment of library instruction, services, programs, and other initiatives.
  • Serves as a liaison to assigned STEM areas. Develops and presents course-integrated information literacy sessions and instructional materials. Promotes the library and its services to assigned area(s). Provides research consultations; supports faculty with advanced literature searching and documenting scholarship; assists faculty in selecting materials for the collection; reviews library holdings in assigned subject areas; and contributes to accreditation reports.
  • Provides research assistance through traditional and innovative means in accordance with the library's mission and user service guidelines.
  • Serves the library and university through committee service and leadership.
  • Participates in scholarly and professional activities including publication of journal articles and book reviews, and presentations at regional and national professional conferences that contribute to the practice of academic librarianship.



M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an American Library Association accredited institution or foreign equivalent


  • Experience as a professional librarian in an academic setting;
  • Experience in the delivery of information literacy instruction online;
  • Teaching or training experience in traditional and online environments;
  • Experience in providing research assistance using multiple modalities.


  • Understanding of instructional design principles and online pedagogy;
  • Expertise with technologies and tools that deliver e-learning content such as course/learning management systems, content capture tools, and presentation tools;
  • Knowledge of how to create and curate Open Educational Resources;
  • Knowledge of electronic and traditional resources and trends in library services, preferably in STEM disciplines.


  • Strong instructional skills, including the ability to develop instructional materials and present instruction to students and faculty one-on-one, in individual classes, and as part of a required course;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, colleagues and students and to work successfully with a diverse population;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.


  • Work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team in a complex, service-oriented environment;
  • Plan, implement, and assess learning outcomes and tools;
  • Collaboratively problem solve and work across organizational boundaries to accomplish organizational objectives.


  • At least two years of experience as a professional librarian in an academic library setting;
  • Additional degree or experience in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Education, or a related field;
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a science or health sciences field or experience working with a science or technology community;
  • Experience integrating instruction content into online learning platforms;
  • Experience developing collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders across the university and within the library to extend distance and online outreach activities;
  • Experience in the systematic design of instruction for online, blended/hybrid and/or traditional courses;
  • Experience assisting faculty with OER initiatives;
  • Knowledge of ADA compliance issues in online and blended/hybrid courses and website development;
  • Experience implementing new technologies for user services;
  • Knowledge of bibliometrics and other tools relevant to scholarly communication.


Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

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Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.