Instruction Librarian - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Instruction Librarian participates in the development, coordination and promotion of a comprehensive Library Instruction Program. The Instruction Librarian plans and delivers instructional services to a wide variety of library users and special programs, both in person and via electronic means. This tenure-track position is based in the Research Services Unit of the WSU Libraries on the Pullman campus.

The WSU Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance ( and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are: work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of the Library Instruction Team:
• Participates in the design, delivery, and assessment of information literacy instruction
• Teaches lower-level undergraduate instruction, and creates materials for use at all levels of instruction
• Works with distance students and special constituencies campus-wide (e.g., English Composition)
• Keeps current on relevant trends and developments, working with the Steering Committee and Team Leader to carry out policies and programs, and provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions
• Participates in the development and delivery of credit-bearing information literacy courses, including Accessing Information for Research (UCOLL 300)

As a member of the Library Instruction Steering Committee:
• Works closely with the Team Leader to set priorities for and assess the success of the team in consultation with the Head of Research Services and in concert with the mission and goals
• Works with the Steering Committee to set library instruction policies, manage classroom scheduling and facilities maintenance, arrange training, develop procedures, and determine what data/statistics are needed for information literacy assessment
• Assists with the construction and revision of the Library Instruction’s website and all other online instruction materials
• Collaborates with library faculty to develop outreach programs to academic departments or other campus programs
• Assists in the development and delivery of professional development activities for library and classroom faculty related to library instruction

As a member of the Reference Team:
• Delivers comprehensive reference assistance to library users face-to-face and virtually and maintains a professional presence in all reference transactions
• Keeps current on relevant trends and development
• Works with the Steering Committee and Team Leaders to carry out policies and programs, and provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions

Scholarship, Service, and Professional Development:
• Keeps abreast of trends and developments in the field of library instruction and related areas by reading professional literature.
• Participates in professional associations, and attending workshops at the state, regional, and national levels.
• Participates in scholarly research and publication.
• Shares relevant information obtained from professional activities with library faculty and staff and uses knowledge gained to evaluate and improve library services.
• Serves on Libraries working groups, committees, and task forces.
• Serves on university-wide committees and task forces.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program at date of hire; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in an academic library setting; coursework or experience with library instruction or teaching inside or outside the library setting; experience with online tutorials and instructional materials; coursework or experience in the humanities, social sciences and/or sciences; ability to develop outreach programs to academic communities; demonstrated ability to assess and improve services; demonstrated commitment to and experience with diverse populations; documented achievement in research and creative work and professional service.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Washington State University Pullman

The main campus, founded in 1890, features world-class facilities for teaching, research, the arts, and Pacific-12 Conference athletics. The campus is located on more than 620 acres among the rolling hills of southeastern Washington in a geographic region known as the Palouse. Due to significant investments from the state as well as private and federal support, outstanding new campus facilities have been constructed and others upgraded significantly during the past decade. Major new facilities include the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, the Biotechnology Life Sciences Facility, and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. Recent construction of three residence halls, a championship-level golf course, and a major addition to Martin Stadium, as well as construction of a football operations building, provide important amenities for the university community and contribute to Pullman’s status as a destination campus. Enrollment at the Pullman campus totaled 20,043 students for fall semester 2015—a record number. About 1,500 faculty, supported by 1,600 graduate assistants and 2,900 administrators and staff, work on the campus.

Pullman Area

Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dreamtown,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Businessweek named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. World-class outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit

Competitive benefits available

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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