Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian

Job description

Job no: 494268
Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Library

Advertised: November 17, 2020
Applications close: January 04, 2021

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Boise State University's Albertsons Library seeks a tenure-track Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian to join the Scholarly Communications and Data Management Unit in order to further the University’s commitment to affordable quality education for students. The incumbent will work closely with library faculty and staff, as well as community partners, to greater enhance the creation, adoption, and adaptation of open educational materials across the Boise State campus.

This is a newly created, highly collaborative position that will cultivate and grow relationships across the University. The individual in this position would gain the opportunity to create a positive impact in the community through collaborations with faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines and backgrounds.

Albertsons Library has a vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. We strive to be the “vibrant nurturing hub of Boise State where people and diverse ideas flourish” (Vision). To reach this vision and ensure student success, we are committed to increasing our cultural competencies by creating a staff development program infused with inclusive excellence. Library employees are actively working to earn BUILD certificates (Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity).

The Scholarly Communications and Data Management (SCDM) Unit is responsible for the ongoing growth and maintenance of the University’s institutional repository, ScholarWorks, as well as providing the campus with guidance and education on innovative approaches to research and publishing. SCDM is a collaborative unit that values experimentation and investigation while working to fulfill the Campus’ research needs in creative and unique ways.

Level Scope:

An Assistant Professor is a member of the ranked faculty with an entry-level academic rank who has demonstrated achievement in the areas of librarianship; teaching (if assigned); research and scholarship.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership, vision, and support for the Albertsons Library’s OER initiatives in collaboration with faculty, staff, and campus stakeholders;
  • Collaborate with campus community in the discovery, creation, dissemination, identification, adoption, and assessment of open and affordable course content;
  • Create OER-related educational and instructional resources, including webpages, guides, learning objects, and workshops on open and affordable course content;
  • Monitor and report on trends, legal requirements, and best practices regarding OERs and related subjects;
  • "Work collectively on an ongoing basis to build and maintain a community that understands, celebrates, and values diversity, and expects and fosters inclusivity at all levels” (Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity).
  • Serve as an instructional liaison to faculty, students and staff of one or more campus departments;
  • Participate in library/university committee activities as needed.
  • Pursue research and scholarship activities in accordance with the Albertsons Library and Boise State University’s Tenure and Promotion Guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience or education in developing outreach materials and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, etc;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills as well as effective interpersonal, collegial and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in open education and scholarly communications;
  • Knowledge of major OER repositories and open training materials, specifically for higher education;
  • Willingness to assess and learn new technologies quickly;
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities and work flows in a dynamic and changing environment and willingness to accept new challenges;
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet required attendance and submission deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work while working independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science (May 2021 graduates considered);
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in several interrelated areas encompassing the responsibilities of this position, including copyright, educational compliance, scholarly publishing, scholarly communications, and outreach and engagement;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or expertise outside of library and information sciences;
  • Experience with creating and sharing OER in Pressbooks;
  • Familiarity with digital book design and copy-editing;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop ideas from initial proposal to production and implementation;
  • Experience managing projects in a library, academic, or information environment.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starts at $50,000 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position. Attach a CV that includes employment history (including dates of employment) and three references.




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Job No:
Posted: 11/19/2020
Application Due: 1/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time