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Instructional Design Proposed Job Description

June 11, 2012

Position: Instructional Design Coordinator/Librarian


The Libraries of MC State (pseudonym) seek an energetic and motivated candidate to join our Library team. The candidate will provide instructional design and educational technology support to the information literacy efforts of the University Librarians. The Instructional Design Coordinator will work with Librarians and University faculty to assess, design, implement and evaluate information literacy across the curriculum. The candidate will also coordinate with the Assessment and Accreditation Office on campus to evaluate information literacy strategies and outcomes with accrediting agencies and ACRL standards.

List of Skills and Background Required

  • Masters degree in Instructional Design or Educational Technology
  • Understand and apply learning theories to instructional strategies and resources
  • Coordinate information literacy course design and implementation across the curriculum with Library and Schools
  • Assess, develop, design, and evaluate learner-centered pedagogy and materials
  • Experience utilizing Web2.0 technologies in education
  • Experience with incorporating media in learning management systems
  • Ability to summarize instructional design research and apply to real-world situations
  • Ability to translate evaluation outcomes to accreditation standards

Desired Skills/Knowledge

  • Masters degree in Library Science
  • HTML5, java, CSS and/or other coding languages
  • Knowledge of specific learning management system such as Sakai or Moodle
  • Familiar with information literacy online resources
  • Information literacy teaching experience at college-level
  • Experience in development of subject-specific materials with subject experts
  • Demonstrable projects that illustrate assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs in traditional and/or multi-media learning environments


I was concerned with how I would compare and contrast an Instructional Design job position description with that of a teacher and still make it personally relevant to me as an academic librarian.  I was therefore very pleased to come across job postings for Instructional Design Librarians.  This allowed me to more directly compare the job description of an Instructional Designer in an academic library, with an academic librarian.

What are teachers (academic librarians who provide classroom instruction) expected to have that designers are not?
I am required to have an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree and encouraged/expected to attain a second masters or doctorate degree in a field related to my job duties. My professional job description is much broader in terms of library duties. Only one segment of my job position involves teaching. I am expected to be able to create instruction sessions, collaborate with teaching faculty to determine information literacy needs of students, and provide informal instruction in reference settings on a daily basis. I have interaction with students and faculty throughout the academic year for many reasons, consisting of both formal and informal instruction. Formal background in educational theory and practice is not required. I am expected to have reference, database searching and teaching skills.

What are designers expected to have that teachers (academic librarians who provide classroom instruction) are not? Instructional designers are expected to have a solid background in learning theory and assessment.  They are also expected to be familiar with incorporation of instructional materials within technology. Most job description mention specific software instructional products with which the candidate should be familiar.

What are three major differences between teachers  (academic librarians who provide classroom instruction) and designers?
When reviewing the two positions for Instructional Design Librarians, I noted that this position is expected to have a greater knowledge of learning theories. The position also requires ability to incorporate instructional materials within technology tools. Additionally, the ID position does not include advanced requirements for research and database skills expected in a typical academic librarian position. I am excited in that obtaining this MET degree from Boise State, I am positioning myself perfectly for these types of job positions which combine academic librarianship and instructional design. I expect this field to grow as accountability and accreditation standards for information literacy become more important.

Sample job descriptions:

Instructional Design Librarian, East Carolina University

Instructional Design Resident, Kansas State University Library

Instructional Designer/Developer, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


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