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Instructional Design Librarian, UW Tacoma

Notice of Vacancy September 18, 2017. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 3rd, 2017.


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.



The UW Tacoma Library engages in the full spectrum of scholarly and teaching activities for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. As such, the UW Tacoma Library plays an essential role in the learning, teaching, research, and community partnership work of the University through access, collections, consultations, digital scholarship support, events, instruction, reference, service, and technology. UW Tacoma librarians work in a matrixed model in which all librarians carry responsibility for a single area of library work, but also contribute to all areas of library. The UW Tacoma Library aspires to be a catalyst for UW Tacoma, with agile and innovative approaches to meeting the changing needs of our students, faculty, and community.



One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations.  For more information about UW Tacoma, please visit http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/.


Under the general direction of the Head, Media & Digital Collections, the Instructional Design Librarian is a key member of the University of Washington Tacoma Library. The Instructional Design Librarian will work collaboratively with library staff to develop online learning modules and other tools to enable scaling of instruction.

The Instructional Design Librarian will also participate in campus pedagogical practices through one-on-one consultation with faculty, the development and offering of workshops, and other techniques to improve the educational experience for UW Tacoma students.

As part of this work, the Instructional Design Librarian will contribute to the Library’s digital scholarship program, both supporting faculty interested in integrating digital scholarship into their teaching and supporting the use of digital scholarship as a source in classroom teaching.

In addition to the above, all UW Tacoma Librarians participate in the full range of reference and instruction services to University of Washington Tacoma students, faculty and staff. Librarians plan, deliver, and assess research support and instruction for diverse students, faculty, and staff whose primary areas of study, teaching, and research fall within the librarian’s academic subject and program responsibilities. Responsibilities include developing innovative approaches to research assistance tailored to the user populations, collection development and delivery of services in an environment committed to electronic resources and access.



  • Serves as a subject librarian for the School of Social Work & Criminal Justice and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science’s Social, Behavioral, & Human Sciences department as per the UW Tacoma Subject Librarian Guidelines.
  • Supports development of an online education infrastructure for the library.
  • Works with librarians and faculty looking to modify their teaching in light of research findings in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, emerging pedagogies, or academic technology with particular emphasis on digital and publicly engaged scholarship.
  • Consults one-on-one, offers workshops, and communicates across campus about developments in teaching practices at UW Tacoma and more broadly in the literature of teaching and learning.
  • Leads library and campus in Open Educational Resource adoption and implementation.
  • Facilitates a learning environment for students across the university that is responsive to evidence-based improvements.
  • Represents the Library in campus committees focused on learning and instruction in collaboration with the Head, Instruction Services.
  • Participates in coordination and implementation of the library website, LibGuides, and the campus institutional repository.
  • Participates in outreach opportunities with the UW Tacoma community.
  • Makes recommendations for and assists in formulation of library policies, and contributes to the development of library services responsive to the needs of the campus curriculum and users.
  • Provides reference assistance and referral to University of Washington Tacoma Library resources and, when necessary, to other resources including University Libraries, and regional academic and community libraries. Shares in providing instruction and reference services. Work schedule may include evenings and weekends.



        • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
        • Coursework or professional experience with instructional design, learning theory, and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning.
        • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the work place.
        • Experience serving diverse and underrepresented student populations.
        • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
        • High level of energy, creativity, and flexibility; ability to foster collaborative relationships within and across administrative lines.
        • Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
        • Ability to manage workload, priorities and deadlines and achieve timeline goals.
        • Ability to maintain high degree of organization.


          • Experience with reference and instruction.
          • Demonstrated interest in research, publication, or professional contributions.


          $50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


          Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


          Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


          To apply for this position, please submit the following information as one PDF document to libjobs@uw.edu:

          • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources).

          • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).

          • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses).

          • Please use "Librarian Application: Instructional Design Librarian" in the subject heading.

          • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.




          To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 3, 2017.

          University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu

          The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

          In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

          For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.