The Research and Instructional Design Librarian is responsible for providing in-depth research and curriculum support for the diverse community of learners at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). The librarian designs and develops reusable learning objects that can be embedded into blended learning environments. Reporting to the Associate Director for Student AcademicServices, the incumbent makes effective instructional use of educational technology for curriculum innovation and promotes the application of technology for the creation of student-centered learning.
The Research and Instructional Design Librarian serves as an active member of Gutman Library's Research Services Team and the larger Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) Team. The position leverages critical pedagogies, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and the RUSA Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers to support HGSE's curricular, research, and strategic priorities.
Specific areas of responsibilities include:
Research Services Duties
Consult with and instruct library users in devising research strategies.
Identify appropriate research materials to use within consultations and instruction.
Provide library instruction via research consultations, reference queries, and curriculum-integrated classes.
Develop instructional materials, including LibGuides, online learning objects, and other forms of curricular content.
Serve as a liaison to assigned HGSE academic programs.
Collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders to improve library services and programs through data-driven and research-based assessment methodologies.
Promote research services across the HGSE community.
Participate in programs and initiatives to support user outreach.
Instructional Design Duties
Identify, construct, implement, and promote learning tools and instructional services in collaboration with the Research and Writing Services teams.
Develop online tutorials, instruction sessions, workshops, and presentations to promote general and course-specific research competencies.
Conduct formal assessment of Gutman Library's student academic and community learning services, including effectiveness and usability of online-learning objects and other library instructional materials in enhancing student-learning outcomes.
Represent Gutman Library on HGSE and Harvard Library committees.
Share in the management of teaching research data discovery, interpretation, and visualization.
The Research & Instructional Design Librarian should possess:
An active awareness and broad understanding of current issues in education-focused reference, instruction, and scholarly communication, including emerging trends, technologies, methods, and best practices as they relate to instructional design.
Ability to effectively communicate these issues to HGSE faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills, including presentation and teaching skills.
Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and facilitate project management.
Careful attention to detail and rigor in documentation.
Proficiency in citation management tools (e.g. Zotero, EndNote, etc.)
A professional service trajectory related to the position's duties and responsibilities.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community which values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in library or information science, or an equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program.
Minimum 4 years' reference and instruction experience in an academic or research library environment.
Experience working with a diverse community and commitment to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the curriculum and across the community.
Applicants wishing to be considered must submit a cover letter in addition to their CV.
Second graduate degree closely related to instructional design, educational technology, learning sciences, human development, higher education, or psychology.
Knowledge of education, psychology, or other social science information resources.
Demonstrated skill and comfort in preparing and conducting library instruction.
Experience working with learning analytics to assess learners' progress in a curriculum.
Knowledge of bibliometrics, altmetrics, digital literacy, and information literacy.
Ability to create and maintain a scholarly research agenda related to the position's duties and responsibilities.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49458BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.