Instructional Design Specialist - Rutgers University Libraries

Posted on March 22, 2019


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Instructional Design Specialist (IDS) for The Rutgers University Libraries. This position reports to the director of Shared User Services and is responsible for supporting the delivery of effective information literacy and library instruction services. These services include online library instruction, course-based instruction, embedded library resources, open and affordable textbooks, and structured guides to information resources.

Among the key duties of this position are the following: • Works in partnership with library directors at Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and with a library-wide teaching and learning group. • Coordinates, implements, evaluates, and promotes library and course-based instruction. The IDS position is located in the Shared User Services (SUS) unit, a dynamic and innovative team of library faculty and staff responsible for central coordination of library user services across the university’s campuses. • Develops tools for the promotion and adoption of library instruction services, and provides training and support for the use of those tools for instruction librarians on all of the Rutgers campuses, working with central library units and with central teaching and learning centers at the university. • Works in collaboration with the assessment librarian and library directors to configure library instruction services and tools to provide appropriate assessment outputs. • Addresses system-wide programmatic library instruction needs, including alternative or supplementary instruction services to a diverse user community, including users with disabilities. • Leads a library-wide teaching and learning group that will support the coordination of information literacy, library instruction, and open educational resources that help meet the goals of university and library instruction programs.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Strong project leadership/project management and planning skills

• Prior in-person or online training experience

• Strong service orientation

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment that emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library instruction services

• Ability to communicate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including users, librarians, technical staff, and vendors

• Excellent communication, training, and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Three or more years of professional experience in an academic library setting

• Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with library instruction and course-based instruction services, course reserve services, open and affordable textbooks, and library content management systems for the curation and organization of class and subject resources (e.g., Credo, Leganto, Pressbooks, Unizin, LibGuides)

• Demonstrated ability to apply information literacy and critical thinking frameworks or rubrics such as the ACRL Information Literacy Framework

• Evidence of commitment to continuing professional education and currency with emerging technologies

Equipment Utilized

• Adobe Acrobat Professional and Reader

• Blackboard

• Canvas

• Desktop computers, both PC and Mac

• Drupal

• ExLibris applications (Alma, Leganto)


• Microsoft Office applications

• Moodle

• NimblyWise (formerly, Credo)

• Pressbooks

• Sakai

• SpringShare applications (LibGuides)

• Unizin

• WordPress

• Knowledge of emerging technologies


New Brunswick, NJ

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