Open Education Library Fellow
(temporary two-year Assistant/Senior Assistant Librarian)
The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly seeks candidates with a commitment to innovation, awareness of current trends and issues in open education, a passion for teaching, and strong interpersonal and technical skills to shape the direction and implementation of the library’s pilot program in open education.
Under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, this two-year temporary position offers librarians the opportunity to shape the direction and implementation of the library’s pilot open educational resources program. The fellow will work closely with various library units and with strategic partners including Cal Poly campus partners, within the CSU system and at the national level to develop programs, processes, and services that facilitate the compilation and dissemination of open educational resources and open content. Responsibilities include but are not limited to outreach, liaison work to the School of Education, instruction, collection and digital resources development, and service to the campus and community.
The successful candidate will be highly collaborative and demonstrate creativity, initiative, and flexibility. We are looking for someone who is not afraid to take risks, who embraces innovation, and who demonstrates superb communication skills in order to advocate for the integration of open educational content among a variety of constituencies (librarians, faculty, staff, students, vendors, and content creators). Familiarity with grant writing is preferred.
Open Educational Resources
Coordinate the development of services in support of finding, assessing, and using open educational resources. Work closely with Academic Technology and the college librarians to support the use of open educational resources in the Cal Poly curriculum. Assess needs and opportunities for information and skills in using open educational resources in curricular and co-curricular and independent learning. Coordinate programs that share developments in open educational resources with the Cal Poly community.
Open Digital Content
Support the library’s contributions to and use of national open content partnerships such as Hathi Trust and the Open Content Alliance, as a designated liaison and project manager. Provide workshops and support to library, faculty, and students on using and creating open content. Develop and share metrics that assess the value of open content. Collaborate with Digital Scholarship Services Librarian in outreach to encourage sharing faculty and student work in open access venues. Provide support to students and faculty for issues related to copyright / creative commons. Assist in developing and managing programs that support open publishing models (e.g. faculty or student journals, open ebooks). In collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Services Librarian, promote Open Access Week annually.
Serve as liaison to School of Education. Collaborate with faculty and students in the School of Education to assess and promote use of open educational resources in STEM education. Oversee the management of the Teachers Resource Center (TRC) in the Kennedy Library including the development of digital services and interfaces that support the goals of the TRC.
Liaise with national, state, and regional open educational resources initiatives and communities of practice (e.g. MERLOT, MITE, AL$, MOOCs). Engage in professional development including research, grant writing, presentations, attending or presenting workshops.
Participate in library programs and projects and contribute as a member of the library and campus faculties.
- MLS from an ALA accredited program or masters degree in an alternative but related area.
- Familiarity with issues in open education, open textbooks, open access, and copyright.
- Experience in project management; experience or demonstrated skills in classroom instruction, instructional design, pedagogy, and teaching with technology.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Willingness to spend substantial time outside the library to support faculty and students.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team working with culturally diverse faculty, students, and staff.
- Ability to articulate a genuine enthusiasm for this position.
- Professional experience working in an academic library.
- Demonstrated experience in new and social media.
- Familiarity with grant writing.
- Experience with using web-based technologies such as blogs, web-based learning management systems, or e-portfolios.
This two-year temporary position is available at the Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian level with an anticpated hiring range of $48,000 – $63,000 plus a generous benefits package. Appointment rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
A national competitive search for a tenure-track Open Education Librarian may be conducted in the future contingent on the availability of continued funding.
How to apply
- Apply now on the Cal Poly Jobs web site.
- Review of applications will begin June 1st, 2013.
- Cal Poly is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
About Kennedy Library
The Robert E. Kennedy Library is a campus hub for information resources, integrating traditional library resources and technology to support the University's evolving academic programs, research interests, and user needs. The library offers consultative and instructional services delivered by expert college librarians, and provides access to over 32,000 digital journals and over 500,000 print volumes. The library building provides collaborative study spaces, computer labs, a Data Studio, and collection of K-8 textbooks and teaching resources. Study spaces on five floors include a popular atrium, a collaboration-friendly learning commons, a busy café, and ample natural light and views of the surrounding hills. Building visitors exceed 1.3 million a year. In 2008 the library launched DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a digital archive for the intellectual output of faculty and students, with over 2 million downloads in the past year. In 2011 the library became part of Cal Poly's new Information Services directorate, including both Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The library partners with many campus organizations to promote faculty development and student success, including several programs located in the Kennedy Library, including the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Academic Skills Center, and the Honors Program.
About Cal Poly
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, along the beautiful central coast of California, with easy access to the ocean, mountains, and wine country. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, south of Monterey and Big Sur, San Luis Obispo offers a vibrant, culturally rich small-town community in an extraordinary setting.