University of Waterloo

Learning, Teaching and Instructional Design Librarian

Requisition ID
Job Category
Library - Senior Team
Job Status
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range
$61,166 - $90,905


Term: 1 year


The Learning, Teaching and Instructional Design Librarian is the Library’s expert in learning and teaching within the Library. The incumbent guides and enhances the learning and teaching activities within the Library and broader academic context of library instruction within the academic institution. Through the provision of training, consultation and assessment of current and ongoing practices, the incumbent advances the learning and teaching mission of the Library.


Leadership of learning and teaching – 30% of time

  • Integrates information literacy standards and pedagogical best practices from North America and beyond into library instruction initiatives and activities to guide and enhance classroom-based and online learning
  • Identifies, develops, designs, and facilitates pedagogical learning and teaching opportunities within the Library
  • Advocates for library role in learning and teaching on campus by liaising with campus partners on issues of learning and teaching support
  • Distinguishes and enables opportunities for collaborative learning and teaching partnerships on behalf of the Library


Oversight of instructional design (ID) – 50% of time

  • Leads ID team staff to coordinate ID work ensuring ID process thinking guides the work of the team
  • Using ID team skills and knowledge to support strategic campus initiatives
  • Ensures accessibility of all learning objects/outputs from ID team
  • Develops and oversees projects, processes and technical documentation of online learning object development
  • Collaboratively leads the investigation, design, and experimentation with and delivery of general and course-specific learning objects, materials and tools


Development of Library teaching culture – 5% of time

  • Identifies and shares professional development and educational research opportunities for library teachers
  • Supports library instruction curriculum integration as requested by Library and campus stakeholders
  • Strategically participates in direct instruction


Analysis and assessment – 10% of time

  • Leads assessment of instruction practices within the context of library instruction in the library
  • Develops and consults with library teachers on assessment strategies for specific educational interventions


Direction and guidance – 5% of time

  • Oversees and provides direction, guidance and mentorship to direct report(s)
  • Coaches, trains and develops employee(s) to assure growth and development of that(those) individual(s)
  • Conducts regular performance reviews with direct report(s), and supports achievement of performance goals
  • Provide functional direction to staff that may participate on projects the incumbent leads


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent
  • Advanced degree, or significant progress toward an advanced degree, in education
  • Experience teaching in an academic library with proven success
  • Experience and/or education in instructional design
  • Experience applying information literacy standards in curriculum design and implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, implement and assess projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated ability to create, sustain, and enhance partnerships in a strategic manner
  • Proven self-starter with excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and synthesize recommendations
  • Ability to interact with staff and customers in a respectful and inclusive manner
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Technical skills: MS Office: intermediate, Articulate 360 or equivalent, project management software
  • Preferred: experience working with learning management software and other academic learning support software
  • Non-standard working hours are required to meet the instructional demands


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