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Colgate University – Instruction Design and Web Librarian

Job Description – Instruction Design and Web Librarian

Colgate University Libraries seeks a creative and user-oriented librarian to serve as Instructional Design and Web Librarian. Reporting to the Chair, Reference and Instruction Department, this person will support the integration of instructional design and information technologies into library services, co-chair the Libraries’ Web Committee, and participate in reference and instruction. She or he will be familiar with instructional design principles as they apply to the teaching and learning process and the Libraries’ online presence, and with usability studies and assessment. The successful candidate will collaborate with library colleagues, information technologists, and teaching faculty in a combined library and technology center with cutting edge technology.


  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree and two years experience or an equivalent master’s degree and experience working in an academic or research library setting.
  • Knowledge of instructional design techniques and information literacy concepts.
  • Knowledge and experience with full range of contemporary web 2.0 technologies.
  • Familiarity with standard practices in web development and usability
  • Ability to set priorities and manage work and deadlines independently required.
  • Ability to write clear, accurate communications and other documentation.
  • Ability to analyze data and make local decisions based on national and local trends and to design processes that enhance services while maximizing university resources.
  • Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with a high priority placed on the ability to effectively undertake instruction and other public speaking engagements.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with others and accept direction from supervisors.
  • Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus


  • Demonstrated experience developing learning objects and developing websites
  • Proficiency with one or more programming or scripting languages, and a content management system like Sitefinity.
  • Proficiency in Java script and PERL.
  • Experience participating in collaborative web application development, familiarity with XHTML, XML, PHP, and relational databases.
  • Background in the humanities, particularly art and art history.
  • Familiarity with principles of visual literacy.
  • Reference and instruction experience in an academic library.

Review of application materials will begin on Nov. 16, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
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