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Instructional Design Librarian

Date: July 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Head, Information Services and Resources(ISR), Dana Porter Library
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Library Associate: E-Learning and User Experience Assessment
Department: Library


Main Campus


USG 8-13
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Instructional Design Librarian (IDL) is the Library’s expert in information literacy education, instructional design and assessment of Library instruction practices. The IDL guides the application of pedagogy in the library setting and in the context of library instruction within an academic institution.  The IDL provides leadership and collaborates on the investigation into, design of, experimentation with and delivery of accessible learning objects, materials and tools both virtual and physical, that enhance information literacy skills, including the acquisition of life-long learning and critical appraisal skills, in support of student success.  The Librarian provides leadership and participates in the assessment of instruction practices and contributes to assessment of online learning. The Librarian acts as a consultant in the development of staff training activities.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  As an professional Librarian, the incumbent:


2.  As the Instructional Design Librarian providing leadership for instructional activities, the incumbent:


3.  As a Librarian with specialized knowledge in the area of library instruction and information literacy education, the incumbent:



5.  As a Librarian who will supervise the Library Associate: E-Learning and User Experience Assessment and at times co-op students, the incumbent:

Position Requirements


ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree, or equivalent  






MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate web content development, Intermediate instructional methods and technologies

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with employees in all groups and departments throughout the University community and at all levels to gather ideas, envision, articulate, update and inform others about projects s/he is leading or otherwise accountable for. Externally, communicates with colleagues at other institutions in order to execute work.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the development and maintenance of high quality user-focused instruction by Library staff, and instructional tools and resources. This position has or develops expertise in a specialization that can be shared within and beyond the University of Waterloo

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for the development, delivery, and assessment of instructional services and/or project leadership. As required, the position consults with the Department Heads, ISR, and other managers as duties require.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an office environment.

Working Environment:

Exposure to stresses related to pressures and priorities related to typical librarian responsibilities. Non-standard working hours are required to meet the instructional demands.