Online Learning Librarian

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Auto req ID 31969BR

School/Unit Harvard Library

Sub-Unit ------------

Location USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Function Library

Department Harvard Library Administration

Salary Grade 058

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities The Online Learning Librarian (OLL) leads and manages collaborative efforts in the development and delivery of innovative e-learning programs and services across Harvard libraries. These programs are designed to support teaching & research on campus and through HarvardX. The OLL stewards Harvard Library's partnerships with HarvardX and other University and national teaching and learning initiatives. The OLL is a catalyst for fostering staff expertise to develop, use and assess online learning objects and tools, conduct research on pedagogical and technological innovations and learning outcomes and adapt these innovations to enhance the learning experience of Harvard students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Designs and develops programs to build and assess online learning modules and tutorials that develop student research experiences and skills, and enhance their knowledge and expertise in using library resources
    • Collaborates with the HarvardX Library Team, manages course support and developments of library-related modules
    • Fosters new partnerships and manages collaborations with faculty, librarians and University groups to create, deliver and assess relevant learning courses, modules and learning objects and fully integrate e-learning into curricula in support of the Library's research, teaching and learning program
    • Creates, delivers and leads training programs that support library staff in developing and assessing a broad range of teaching and learning objects including web-based tutorials, instructional videos, research guides, web sites, etc.
    • Integrates interaction/activities among the Harvard Library, HarvardX, Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning (HILT), Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and HUIT Academic Technology Services
    • Manages iterative development of e-learning program with steady refinement of the design based on user testing and other evaluation methods
    • Monitors and shares literature, trends and best practices related to online learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and instructional technologies and identifies possible applications of related emerging technologies in library services
    • Collaborates with research librarians, bibliographers, curators, collection managers and conservation staff on digitization of resources for online learning
    • Collaborates with Research, Teaching and Learning library staff across Harvard, the Office of Scholarly Communications, University Archives, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging (PCDI), Information and Technical Services (ITS) and Access Services departments in the creation and delivery of online learning objects and tools
    • Represents the Harvard library at professional conferences and workshops

    Basic Qualifications

      • Master's Degree in Library Information Science, Media, Education, Instructional Technology or related field or equivalent work experience or education required
      • Minimum of 7 years of experience providing instructional design services, usability testing and creating online learning objects for a community of users required; preferably in an academic environment
      • Demonstrated knowledge of the pedagogy of learning technologies and their applications to instruction in a dynamic research environment
      • Demonstrated experience in using and assessing e-learning platforms, imaging and/or video software, bibliographic and presentation software, other web based tools and relevant emerging technologies

      Additional Qualifications

        • Demonstrated success in and growing academic support networks across communities, identifying experts and strengthening a community of academic support partners
        • Familiarity with concepts and goals of information literacy
        • Proven ability to interact with students, faculty and staff and develop innovative ways to identify and meet their evolving needs
        • Ability to envision and apply technological possibilities to new library services that support research, teaching and learning
        • A collaborative approach to problem-solving and working across organizational boundaries
        • Highly developed analytic, interpersonal and communications skills and strong desire to share knowledge with others
        • Ability to manage complex projects and competing priorities
        • Experience directing or supervising the work of staff and students preferred

        Additional InformationFounded in 1636, Harvard University is preeminent among the world's research universities. Harvard has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students, over 14,000 graduate students, and an additional 2,000 part-time students. Over 16,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,100 faculty members. An additional 10,000 individuals have faculty appointments in Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals.

        In the course of 375 years, Harvard's Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a 73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms, 8 million photographs, and an estimated 400 million manuscript items.

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