Learning and Teaching Librarian
£17.26 per hour
37 hours a week
Contract until the end of July 2019
About the company
Sue Hill Recruitment are delighted to be working with the Open University in Milton Keynes on this globally wide project to support student access to literacy information.
The Open University, celebrating its 50th birthday throughout 2019, was established by Royal Charter in 1969 and are now the leading University for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in 157 countries worldwide. With over 174,000 global students now accessing online courses, it has become imperative that the effectiveness of online accessible information is first and foremost across the University, so there is now a fantastic opportunity to join a collaborative Library Team, in order to support all learning and teaching activities that meets the needs of students, learners and University staff. You will work closely with faculty colleagues to integrate digital information literacy (DIL) and Library content systematically into the curriculum using new and innovative approaches. To evaluate and report on the use and effectiveness of Library content; to assess trends, value for money and return on investment and to inform renewals, future purchasing decisions and library strategy.
Providing specialist support to Faculty and University colleagues engaged in the delivery of Open University (OU)
The post-holder will focus on 2 or more of the following specialist areas:
Academic Liaison – Setting the course content
- To establish and develop effective working relationships with the teams producing modules and qualifications by contributing to the Institutional Learning Design processes and recommending and agreeing requirements for Digital and Information Literacy (DIL) and content integration.
- To establish and develop effective working relationships with the other team members to promote and deliver DIL in modules, qualifications and other forms of learning delivery (for example Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Badged Open Courses (BOCs), Apprenticeship degrees).
- Collaborate with Faculty and colleagues across Library Services to integrate existing Library content into OU study and gather and agree requirements for new acquisitions where appropriate.
- To support DIL skills and capabilities and content and E-resources for modules already in presentation.
Authoring – Implementing the content online
- Work with Academic Liaison librarians and Faculty colleagues, to advise and agree on requirements for DIL activities to be integrated into modules, qualifications, and other forms of learning delivery.
- Create or reversion activities for modules and qualifications to agreed processes and standards, using institutional learning design principles and techniques.
- Write copy for OU Library Services' online presence (websites, intranets).
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of a showcase of DIL activities.
- Work closely with the Live Engagement team to ensure DIL skills are delivered in the most appropriate way to meet module/qualification learning design and student need.
- Explore and embrace new and innovative technologies to deliver skills training, increase accessibility and improve the student experience.
Live Engagement – Online Training and Inductions
- Design and deliver direct training events for students, staff, Associate Lecturers (ALs) and researchers. This includes, but is not limited to, synchronous online and in-person events and training on a range DIL skills embedded in the curriculum.
- Grow and enhance community building through social networks, working directly with the Quality and Insight team.
- Work closely with the Authoring team to ensure DIL skills are delivered in the most appropriate way to meet module/qualification learning design and student need.
- Contribute to the development of efficient workflows and processes, to support all colleagues and stakeholders.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external colleagues across faculties and units; championing Library Services’ role in providing the optimum services to students.
- Keep abreast of external trends and developments (particularly in the UK Higher education sector, eLearning technologies and academic libraries). Enhance and maintain professional expertise in order to contribute to strategy and facilitate continuous improvement.
Enquiry Services – Via phone and webchats
- Assist in developing and delivering enquiry services to students, staff, ALs and researchers via a virtual helpdesk (email, webchat, phone and in-person).
- Answer information resource-related enquiries that require the use of library content, and/or detailed knowledge of the library's holdings and services.
- Work with Library and Faculty teams engaged in module and qualification production to ensure Library content is accessible to all users’ needs (for example, overcoming accessibility issues through learning design).
- Work with colleagues across the Library to assess the accessibility of third-party content.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external colleagues across Faculties and units; championing Library Services’ role in providing accessibility services.
Why you’ll be hired
- Qualified Library and Information professional
- Experience of designing effective accessible online information literacy activities
- Ability to identify the best teaching approach to deliver the required learning outcome
- Knowledge of new technologies and their potential use in pedagogy
- Experience of writing web and educational content
- Ability to prioritise and organise all literacy information and content
- Strong communication skills to work collaboratively across all teams
Why you should apply
If you want to join the leading University for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading information research, then don’t delay and get in touch.
Please get in touch on 020 7378 5468 or Ioanna.firstname.lastname@example.org