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Open Education Resource (OER) Librarian

Southern University at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana (US)
Date posted
Jan 30, 2024

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FLSA Classification
Exempt, Part-Time 
Salary Range/Grade    
Salary Range: $24,000 (exact amount)
Reports to
Director of Library

Under the direction of the Library Director/Dean, the Open Education Resource (OER) Librarian actively engages stakeholders in the awareness, use, adoption, and creation of open educational resources.  The Librarian will be empowered to develop OER programs in an environment with diverse student and faculty populations that could benefit from greater access to affordable educational materials.

Through sustained collaboration, education, and advocacy, the OER Librarian will lead campus efforts and will connect colleagues in the state working on OER initiatives.  The OER Librarian will also be responsible for actively seeking funding opportunities in support of OER-related initiatives.

*This position is funded 100% by the Title III-B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) federal grant.  As such, the OER Librarian assists the Director with implementing the objectives established in the Title III Program for this federally-funded activity.

Essential functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  1. Provides leadership, vision, support, and assessment of OER services.
  2. Works collaboratively to guide faculty in the discovery, creation, dissemination, identification, adoption, and assessment of open and affordable content.
  3. Provides advocacy and outreach for OER and open access.
  4. Responsible for researching and responding to copyright and ownership issues.
  5. Advises the department in the creation, development, and implementation of collections management policies and OER procedures; procedures manual; departmental goals and sustainability planning.
  6. Performs other related tasks as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Current principles and practices of academic library service including an in-depth knowledge of reference and information resources and reader advisory services.
  • Commitment to the mission, principles and ‘best practices’ in librarianship and customer service.
  • Library collection development practices.

Demonstrated Skill in:

  • Perform essential functions of the job.
  • Apply new knowledge and skills.
  • Be accurate, thorough and timely in the completion of work assignments.
  • Keep current with new trends, innovations, technologies, techniques and materials in the library profession.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of local government and organizations and agencies that provide services and information. 
  • Learn and apply a working knowledge of library operations, procedures and policies as well as relevant university policies.
  • Work with a diverse population and handle different types of situations.
  • Train, coach and mentor others.
  • Work well with others.
  • Tolerate considerable ambiguity.
  • Maintain consistent and punctual attendance.
  •  Demonstrate the competencies of service orientation; results orientation; and teamwork and cooperation.

Required education and experience

  • Master's degree in Library Science from an accredited institution or 
  • A bachelor degree in library science along with a Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • The ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment is required.

Preferred education and experience

  • One or more years of higher education experience working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff.
  • One to three years of library experience, and two or more years of teaching (information literacy preferred) in at least the high school level, or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position.
  • Experience with an automated library system.
  • Knowledge of and experience in using appropriate resources, including electronic, for locating information effectively and quickly
  • Experience with a current version of a course management system (Canvas preferred)
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team and to interact effectively with others in an educational environment.
  • Willingness to learn new skills in a constantly changing environment

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Non-Discrimination Statement
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal laws.

This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College-administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement
Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer
State as a Model Employer - SAME




Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) was founded as a branch unit of Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in Baton Rouge (SUBR) on September 4, 1956.  Our mission is to promote the upward mobility of diverse populations of traditional and non-traditional students through quality academic programs, teaching, research, and service to achieve excellence in higher education using various teaching and learning modalities.  As a member agency of the State of Louisiana and the Southern University System, SUNO employees are offered a wide range of compensation benefits and professional development opportunities.  We aim to attract, enhance, and retain energetic and highly qualified faculty and staff.

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