Instructional Design and Academic Engagement Librarian

Position Summary:

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Instructional Design and Academic Engagement Librarian develops expertise, services, and tools that position the Library as a leader in the development of innovative online learning resources and practices. The Librarian guides and enhances the learning and teaching activities within the Library and broader academic context of library instruction and research education, within the OCAD University community. Through the provision of training, consultation, teaching, and assessment of current and ongoing practices, they advance the research education, learning and teaching mission of the Library. The Librarian applies learning technologies, design principles, and technology to create and maintain general and course-specific learning objects, modules and other library instruction materials for various courses and sessions. In collaboration with the User Experience and Assessment Librarian, delivers asynchronous learning objects for all subjects taught at the University in collaboration with the other Librarians.


Summary of Responsibilities:

Oversight of Instructional Design

  • Lead as the solo Instruction Design Librarian and provide support to the other Librarians to ensure Instruction Design process thinking guides the work of the liaison team
  • Use instruction design skills and knowledge to support strategic Library and University initiatives
  • Ensure accessibility of all learning objects/outputs created by all Librarians involved in instruction and teaching, following AODA requirements and best practices
  • Develop and oversee projects, processes and technical documentation of online learning object development
  • Collaboratively lead the investigation, design, and experimentation with and delivery of general and course-specific learning objects, materials, and tools

Research Education, Learning and Teaching

  • Integrate information literacy standards and pedagogical best practices from North America and beyond into research education initiatives and activities to guide and enhance studio-based, classroom-based and online learning
  • Identify, develop, design, and facilitate pedagogical learning and teaching opportunities within the Library
  • Advocate for Library role in research education, learning and teaching at the University by liaising with University partners on these roles and issues
  • Distinguish and enable opportunities for collaborative learning and teaching partnerships on behalf of the Library
  • Actively engage and lead within the Library, the University, and the broader profession with committees and groups involved in higher education, fostering collaboration, information sharing, partnerships, and expertise
  • Develop library instruction and teaching programs and learning objects, in support of discipline specific research methods in art, design, arts and sciences
  • Create and maintain a repository of tutorials, exercises, and assessments that are accessible through course management and library systems in support of a comprehensive online learning plan

Development of Library Instructional Design Culture

  • Build learning and teaching expertise in the Library
  • Support Library instruction curriculum integration by working with Librarians to understand and adapt expectations for varied academic levels and programs
  • Understand undergraduate and graduate degree level expectations and initiatives related to outstanding academics at the University and in the field of higher education, especially in studio art, history of art, design, history of design, and the arts and sciences
  • Create short-form videos and interactive modules that can be embedded onto relevant web pages or used as alternatives to in-person instruction
  • Strategically participate in direct instruction

Analysis and Assessment

  • Provide leadership for the assessment of instruction practices within the context of research education, library instruction and staff training in the Library
  • Develop and consult with Librarians on assessment strategies for specific educational interventions
  • Consult with the University community to develop, implement, coordinate, and review initiatives/services/resources that support learning, teaching, and research on behalf of the Library
  • Train and coach liaison librarians in curriculum integration analysis and advocacy
  • Analyze library instruction within major curricular initiatives and academic programs

Professional Development

  • Actively contribute to professional organizations in areas of expertise; contribute to the profession through active participation in relevant conferences, associations, and writing
  • Actively participate on specialized teams or working groups to support the unique needs and strategic goals at OCAD University
  • Maintain currency through ongoing, proactive acquisition, maintenance, and provision of leadership in the development of associated skills and knowledge in areas of expected expertise

Library Liaison

  • Serve as a peer-coach for all Librarians involved in library instruction, with a focus on leveraging asynchronous and hybrid learning objects to maximize impact with the greatest number of students and faculty, taking into consideration the small number of Librarians involved in instruction
  • Participate in the Library Liaison program: for assigned departments conduct collection development and management of related library materials in all relevant formats (including deselection and preservation decisions); perform library instruction sessions in Library spaces, classroom spaces, and/or asynchronously; develop and send regular communications about new services and collections; complete ECM and IQAP reports for cyclical reviews and course/program modifications; develop outreach programs for first year students
  • Actively advance the Library’s foundational commitment to research education, library instruction, in support of teaching and learning at the University
  • Collect and maintain data, metrics, statistics related to position duties, recording these monthly on the Library’s shared Excel workbook
  • Participate in the weekly service desk schedule, including evening and weekend shifts as required
  • Support the University Librarian with other duties as assigned that contribute to the successful operation of Library Services



  • A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and Information Studies program, or equivalent
  • Advanced degree, or significant progress toward an advanced degree, in Education, or equivalent
  • Interest in art and design, or undergraduate degree in these areas considered an asset
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in instructional design or an equivalent combination of education and work experience, preferably with relevant job experience in an academic library
  • Experience applying information literacy standards in curriculum design and implementation
  • Experience with an array of web applications and professional web design skills (e.g., Articulate Storyline, Captivate, FinalCut Pro, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Adobe creative suite, etc.)
  • Video and audio post-production experience, podcast software and service delivery, an asset
  • Knowledge of or experience applying art history research methods, or a willingness to learn
  • Experience with technologies and tools that deliver e-learning content such as learning management systems, content authoring tools, etc.
  • Instructional development experience with a focus on professional librarian and staff training
  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, implement, and assess projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated ability to create, sustain, and enhance partnerships in a strategic manner
  • Strong oral & written communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail, organizational, problem-solving, project planning, and time management skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with demonstrated capacity for success in working with students, faculty, library colleagues, and administrators
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and synthesize recommendations
  • Evidence of scholarly research and/or active participation and contribution to the library profession
  • Superior client service with demonstrated professionalism, collegiality and sound judgement
  • Knowledge and experience with collection development and access, as well as experience working at a reference or circulation desk
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, and experience promoting a respectful work and learning environment for students, staff and faculty


Compensation: Hiring Range - $73,662.84 to $84,290.33 per annum, commensurate with experience, plus benefits; Salary Range - $73,662.84 to $96,456.43 per annum.


Hours of Work: Total of 35 hours per week. Due to the COVID-19, the University is operating under a work from home program. At this time, the plan is to continue the work from home program until August 13, 2021, and as such the incumbent in this role will be working remotely during this time.



Application Deadline: Interested applicants are invited to submit an updated resume, with a cover letter on the OCAD University Employment Opportunities page, no later than Friday June 18, 2021.




As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous administrators, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

OCAD University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.