Open Position: Digital Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian

The Southworth Library Learning Commons at SUNY Canton seeks a tech-savvy, creative, service-oriented librarian with the skills to investigate and implement innovative technologies and learning services in a fast-paced, student-centered, collaborative environment. 

This is a full-time, twelve-month, faculty position within the Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Division, reporting to the Director of Library Services.  Hours of obligation for this position are 12 p.m. (noon) to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday during the academic terms.  Summer and winter obligation follows building hours of operation.

In addition to offering a variety of courses and degrees in the traditional classroom setting, SUNY Canton has an extensive online learning program which includes ten fully online degrees and over 400 online course offerings. Library staff members provide instruction, resources and academic support for those courses and degrees as well as our traditional campus-based programs. Southworth Library Learning Commons is a dynamic, student-centered academic space designed to promote collaboration, innovation and learning.

The Digital Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Investigating, managing and instructing in the use of innovative, experimental and emerging library and digital technologies;
  • Managing the iPad Mobile Classroom collection and instructional program;
  • Developing and delivering information and digital literacy sessions, both formally and informally, in large groups or individually;
  • Actively collaborating with online learning staff, instructional designers and teaching faculty in the incorporation of digital content and library/librarian support in online courses;
  • Participating in online course review processes and activities.

Additional responsibilities of this position include:

  • Acting as liaison to specific academic departments, with responsibility for collection development, reference consultation, development of research guides and other outreach activities in assigned liaison areas;
  • Assisting with library programming, events and other outreach activities;
  • Providing reference and patron service both virtually and at specified service points;
  • Serving on departmental and campus committees;
  • Participating in departmental governance and short- and long-range planning for the library learning commons;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited school;
  • One to three years of professional post-MLS experience;
  • Experience teaching, instructing or training;
  • Familiarity and experience with emerging digital and instructional technologies;
  • Experience in instructional design, online course development or support.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Second master’s degree, preferably in instructional technology or design;
  • Other instructional design training, experience, or certification
  • Professional, post-MLS experience in an academic library setting;
  • Extensive working knowledge of Apple devices;
  • History of integrating (or demonstrable ability to integrate) mobile technologies in pedagogy.

Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Persons interested in the above position should apply online at

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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