Job opportunity - University of Arkansas

Please pardon the cross posting —

The University of Arkansas is seeking an Open Education Librarian. The advertisement follows. If you would like to attend an information session on the position, we are holding a webinar on June 20 at 11:00am CDT Launch Meeting - Zoom

This position is a tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor.

The University of Arkansas Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Open Education Librarian. The Libraries seek candidates who are receptive to and foster new ideas and who have demonstrated collaboration and open communication skills. Additional key attributes are the ability to establish and promote successful partnerships with other university departments, provide excellent services, and to adapt or develop programs and services that support positive change within the institution.

As a member of the Open Education, Data, and Publishing Services unit, the Open Education Librarian will spearhead library-wide efforts to lower student costs by advancing the adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs) by the University of Arkansas faculty. The Open Education Librarian will guide faculty in the discovery, identification, adoption, creation, dissemination, and assessment of high quality open and affordable course content which also supports inclusivity and accessibility. They will develop methods, metrics, and documentation for assessing institutional OER use and knowledge and the value of open content.

The incumbent will develop strategic partnerships with various campus stakeholders (e.g., Global Campus, Teaching and Faculty Support Center, and student government organizations) and work closely with them to both promote the use of OERs and to support their integration into the curriculum. They will work with members of the libraries (e.g., Research and Instruction, Special Collections, and Course Reserves) to increase co-participation in identifying affordable learning materials and developing OER and accessible resources.

The candidate will demonstrate familiarity with open practices and support the creation and design of open pedagogical tools such as guides, videos, and multi-modal publications for use by off-campus users, and by the Libraries. In addition, the incumbent will provide guidance to the campus constituency on copyright, open licensing, and fair use and will lead a team within the libraries in supporting copyright services. With capabilities in coding and design, the candidate will contribute to team-based consulting support for researchers, instructors, and students in regards to the intersecting movements of open education, open scholarship, open science, and open data practices.

Along with performance, this position’s responsibilities include research and creative work, and service in keeping with the University of Arkansas’ faculty requirements. This position reports to the Director of Open Education, Data, and Publishing Services.

Relocation allowance available. Benefits include $5,000 start-up research funding, TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent conferred by the start date
  • Experience with or knowledge of best practices regarding the adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources
  • Experience or familiarity with web-based publishing and presentation tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification in Creative Commons licensing or familiarity with open licensing, copyright, and fair dealing
  • Experience or familiarity of instructional design principles and processes which may include pedagogy, curriculum development (including culturally responsive curriculum), assessment of learning, teaching with technology, and learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard)
  • Experience or knowledge of broad trends and issues relating to one or more of the following: open education, open pedagogy, open licensing, open access, and open scholarship
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, such as faculty, staff and external individuals and organizations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to assess and learn new technologies

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Starting salary: $60,000, commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Other (see special instructions for details), Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Lora Lennertz, Director of Open Education, Data, and Publishing Services,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Thank you,


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