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Assistant Librarian - Open Education Resources Librarian (Open Rank)

Assistant Librarian - Open Education Resources Librarian (Open Rank)

Texas Tech University Job Location: Texas Apply By: 05/20/2021 Date Created: 04-06-2021


The Open Educational Resources Librarian is a member of the TTU Libraries User Services unit and is responsible for providing Open Educational and Scholarly communication resources to support the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech University, on campus, at a distance, and with national/international libraries/institutions. Open Educational Resources and other open access models are a current focus of improving the User Services within the Library and are part of Texas Tech University's efforts to provide a high quality and affordable education to its students.

The responsibilities of the Open Educational Resources Librarian include:

  • Advocate for and promote OER adoption to all stakeholders (faculty, students, administrators) with sensitivity to diverse perspectives; advocate for open (Creative Commons) licensing of locally created works.
  • Develop, implement, and assess OER-related instructional resources and services in collaboration with relevant campus partners
  • Participate in planning and implementation related to open and affordable course content to ensure open communication and collaboration with relevant university units.
  • Pursue professional development on trends and developments in open and affordable education options and their relationship to scholarly publishing and pedagogy.
  • Leads the library's efforts in developing programs, processes, and services that facilitate the discovery, adoption, creation, and adaptation of OERs.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments, trends, and best practices related to OERs.
  • Becomes familiar with the growing number of OER repositories
  • Empower faculty in finding OER resources to help themselves
  • Serves as consultant to individual faculty who have committed to developing courses.
  • Utilize a variety of outreach and communication methods to engage TTU faculty in the adoption/adaptation of OER.
  • Through collaboration with TTU Librarians facilitate the use of digital tools in research and teaching
  • Participate in the evaluation and assessment of programs and services, including compiling and analyzing statistical data.
  • Develop and maintain current knowledge of advances in OER, research services, instruction, and other areas related to this position.
  • Serves the TTU community on all matters pertaining to scholarly communication
  • Through education, promotion and outreach increase the knowledge of the TTU community regarding scholarly communication topics such as digital publishing, open access, open educational resources, copyright, intellectual property rights, scholarly identity and research impact in collaboration with the appropriate library committee
  • Represent TTU Libraries on committees, task forces, etc for the Texas Digital Library.
  • Actively participate in professional networks and associations for open educational resources. Represent Texas Tech Libraries at professional conferences and regional committees to stay informed about changes and trends in the field.

The Libraries are a member of GWLA, TDL and SPARC of which the Open Educational Resources Librarian is a Libraries' representative.

The Open Educational Resources Librarian is a member of the Texas Tech Libraries faculty whose responsibilities include actively pursuing scholarly publishing, professional development, instruction, and service to the Library, University, and community.


  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong public service orientation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member and leader
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, student and community members
  • Demonstrated potential to meet criteria for promotion and tenure
  • Experience working in Open Educational resources
  • Knowledge of current trends in Open Education
  • Knowledge of Scholarly communication
  • Proficiency in database and online catalog searching
  • Knowledge of scholarly publication trends, copyright compliance, and licensing implications
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

Texas Tech University recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).


The position is a 12-month appointment with a nationally competitive salary. Librarians and archivists have academic status and are an integral part of the academic teaching and research mission of the University. Comprehensive benefits include choice of retirement programs, including TIAA-CREF; state higher education holidays; developmental leave opportunities; moving allowance; and no state or local income tax.


Texas Tech University (www.ttu.edu) is a tier one research university with an enrollment of over 38,000. Texas Tech recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Texas Tech is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, Texshare and is a founding member of Texas Digital Libraries. The University Library (http://library.ttu.edu/) has over 3.7 million volumes and is ranked 42nd among ARL Libraries. Lubbock has a metropolitan population of over 300,000 and is the regional center for education, agriculture, health care, banking, and business. It offers a wide range of academic programs in colleges and schools, including graduate, law, and medicine.


To apply for this position, please visit the Texas Tech University Personnel site at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech/. Select Faculty. Please fill out the electronic application and attach a cover letter indicating qualifications and interest in the position, current vita, and names and contact information of three professional references. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Submission of applications is preferred by May 20, 2021.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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