Instruction and Online Learning Librarian


Columbia College Chicago Library
Library Type: 
Academic Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Based on experience and qualifications

Job Description

Instruction & Online Learning Librarian - (1900005X)


Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for an Instruction & Online Learning Librarian.


The Instruction and Online Learning Librarian works closely with the Head of References and Instructional Services to develop and promote a dynamic campus-wide information literacy program for undergraduate and graduate students, cultivating and sustaining collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff in support of teaching, learning, and research. The Instruction and Online Learning Librarian will lead the Instruction and Research Department forward in developing online content to support information literacy and learning outcomes.


  • Develop and conduct information literacy instruction and develops online learning objects for Columbia faculty, staff and students.
  • Incorporate current and emerging instructional practices, methodologies and technologies into in-person and online information literacy instruction.
  • Identify student and faculty research needs and develop appropriate programming, research guides, tutorials, videos, and other tools to meet their needs.
  • Work with faculty to integrate relevant information literacy instruction content into Canvas and develops class assignments using library resources.
  • Align information literacy instruction with course learning outcomes.
  • Utilize available technologies and social media to support instruction and research.
  • Support faculty research.
  • Seek out opportunities to discuss with faculty course and program learning outcomes, the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and relevant strategies to address information literacy needs.
  • Develop instructional content for specific programs, topics, and populations.
  • Coordinate the creation of instructional guides, tutorials, and videos by librarians.
  • Facilitate assessment of instructional services, including in-person and online instruction and the information literacy program overall.
  • Coordinate, coach and provide leadership for other librarians in support of their teaching and collaboration with faculty.
  • Provide training for and coordinate peer training by librarians in the Instruction and Research Department.
  • Work closely with the User Experience and Learning Technologies Librarian to evaluate, research, and integrate technology into instructional and web services and to provide staff development in instruction-related technologies.
  • Provide reference assistance in-person at the ASK Desk and virtually via chat, SMS, email, and other formats.
  • Provide in-depth research and research assistance for faculty, students, and staff, as needed.
  • Supervise and train student staff, as assigned.
  • Serve as liaison for assigned college department(s), including collection development. responsibilities in relevant subject areas
  • Serve on Library and campus committees when required.
  • Perform other duties and/or responsibilities as assigned or required.



  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent with a minimum of 2 years professional experience in academic library instruction, including teaching and/or training in group, class, or one-on-one settings. A second master's degree a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of user-centered information literacy instruction.
  • Experience developing tutorials, webinars, and research guides and using LibGuides, Canvas, or similar platforms.
  • Experience with, knowledge of, or training in user experience principles and research, emerging technologies, and social media.
  • Experience with faculty relationship-building.
  • Experience with outcomes-based assessment preferred.
  • Experience with instructional design and technologies preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills exhibiting a high degree of
  • flexibility and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines.
  • Advanced working knowledge of and experience using discovery systems, databases and other electronic resources, web-based resources, library catalogs, reference tools, and social media.
  • A working knowledge of copyright, fair use, and open access.
  • Ability to learn new software applications, programs, and tools and to assist users with a wide array of applications and technologies.
  • Ability to supervise others.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and technology-supported communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a union position.

This position is not overtime eligible.

Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

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