Open Educational Resources Librarian, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

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About the Program:

The John Spoor Broome Library (Broome Library) team is comprised of 11 librarians and 12 staff members. A critical part of the CSUCI experience, the Library supports the learning and research communities of our diverse campus through its collections, and robust information literacy program. The Broome Library is prized by faculty and students alike for its careful attention to physical space, collections, special programming, and services such as equipment lending. The Library’s commitment to comprehensive reference service, active learning pedagogy, multicultural programming, and range of methods for gathering student input reflect its alignment with and support of the campus’s four mission centers. Furthermore, the integration of information literacy standards into the campus General Education learning outcomes creates an effective foundation for its core educational mission.

We believe that the library is a powerful force for equity and we embrace the strategies for excellence as articulated by the Association of College & Research Libraries which value different ways of knowing and seek to identify and work to eliminate barriers to inclusive and equitable services, spaces, resources, and scholarship. Open educational resources (OER) offer an additional opportunity for the Library to reduce cost barriers for students. Because of this belief and the nature of the Library to serve all campus constituents, our Open Educational Resources Librarian will facilitate evaluating, implementing, and assessing open and affordable learning materials; advocate for OER adoption with faculty; and develop relationships with campus partners to promote student success and equity, in partnership with the OpenCI program and other equity initiatives.

About the Position:

At the heart of this new position is a chance to utilize evidence from a growing body of retention and library research that suggests that academic libraries have a positive impact on student outcomes. This position will support student-centered learning and equity, focusing on OER to reduce course material costs for our students. The will work in partnership with the OpenCI program, recently housed in Broome Library, and create opportunities to develop more Z-majors, which are academic major course pathways requiring no purchase of course materials. Reporting to the Head of Access Services, this position facilitates evaluating and implementing open and affordable learning materials; advocates for OER adoption with faculty; assists with implementation in courses; develops relationships with campus partners to promote student success; collaborates with Library colleagues; and assesses the impact of the library within the OpenCI program and Library equitable access efforts such as course reserves.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Master of Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited program

Required Qualifications

  • Master of Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited program
  • Experience in the evaluation of textbooks/instructional materials and assessment of material use
  • Familiarity with the instructor environment of the Canvas or similar learning management system (LMS), including demonstrated experience with assisting faculty with researching, locating, and depositing course materials through the LMS
  • Demonstrated ability to identify library-owned resources that could increase affordability via a sustainable process
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, report, and assess data relevant to the position
  • Familiarity with current theory, practices, issues and trends related to open education, open textbooks, open pedagogy, open licensing, fair use, and author rights
  • Knowledge of how to discover, adopt, revise, and remix OER
  • Knowledge of major OER repositories and open training materials, specifically for higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate across units to accomplish organizational goals
  • Writing skills to create promotional materials, training content, statistical reports, and general correspondence.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and learn new technologies quickly.
  • Flexible and creative in performing multiple responsibilities in a changing environment
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Experience providing one-on-one and distance-mediated reference and research services to a diverse population
  • Evidence of flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic, and diverse environment with competing demands
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service excellence to a diverse community
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced change-oriented environment with a student-centered outlook
  • Demonstrated forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities
  • Evidence of effective cross-cultural interpersonal and communication skills (i.e., culturally responsive teaching practices and communication styles)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse community and team environment
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Instruction or Instructional Design experience
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, report, and assess data, and to make appropriate changes based on evidence
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience with Photoshop (or similar), LibGuides (or similar), Alma (or similar), familiarity with bibliographic record formats and metadata systems
  • One (1) or more years’ professional experience in an academic library setting
  • Evidence of cultivating relationships with faculty, students, staff, and community members to adopt both existing Library and OER resources
  • Experience working with library users of diverse ages, as well as from various socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds


  • Create and initiate opportunities for open and affordable learning materials adoption focused on undergraduate students using various traditional and creative methods
  • Guide faculty in discovery, dissemination, LMS implementation, and assessment of open content
  • Identify library-owned resources that could increase affordability and create a sustainable process to promote faculty adoption with supportive colleagues
  • Serve as the Library’s representative on the Affordable Learning Solutions team and participate in planning, programming, and grant writing
  • Contribute to campus conversations regarding textbooks, college affordability, student success, and CSU-wide Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI2025) work
  • Represent the library at system-wide affordable learning meetings, conferences, and trainings
  • Participate in providing general reference, research consultations, instruction, and outreach to academic departments regarding affordable learning initiatives and trainings
  • Work with the reserves team, assisting faculty in finding and appropriately using library resources and OER content that align with their courses through both consultations and the development of online resources (e.g., guides and tutorials)
  • Work with the Electronic Resources Management team to identify and recommend OER integration opportunities in library discovery systems, and work collaboratively to create sustainable OER activation guidelines and verification processes
  • Work with Digital Scholarship team to collaborate on open scholarship initiatives, institutional repository adoption and use, and rights management best practices
  • Analyze library data, integrate library data into affordable learning reports, and identify growth opportunities for library contributions
  • In coordination with the electronic resources management team and Digital Curation & Scholarship Librarian, develops, recommends, implements, and maintains a management and robust assessment strategy for OER, open materials, and adoption
  • Join, guide, and collaborate with campus partners in the adoption of OER for core curriculum courses
  • Provide training for faculty, staff, and students involved in OER creation/adaptation/remixing
  • Support student learning and engagement through campus-wide relationships
  • Regularly and robustly assess and document/report the progress/impact of OER efforts
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of and share emerging trends, developments, and best practices related to OER and its related practices
  • Provide quality reference services and research consultations to library patrons
  • Provide information literacy instruction
  • Participate in liaison work and collection development for assigned programs
  • Explore and pilot new ways of engaging with a diverse undergraduate community in collaboration with librarians, teaching faculty, and synergistic campus partners

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin May 16, 2022. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressing their interest in and qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and email addresses of three professional references
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A librarianship philosophy statement describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on serving historically underrepresented students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

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