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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Libraries
Department: Libraries 10056536
Salary: 52000.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Continuing System Academic Staff, Library/Museums/Archives

Working/Functional Title

Open Education Resources (OER) Librarian

Position Summary

MSU Libraries invites candidates who embrace innovation to apply for the Open Education Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian. This position will provide a broad range of newly envisioned services related to OER and affordable course content, and will be encouraged to explore other potential student success initiatives. The ideal candidate will build strong partnerships/collaborations across campus to develop, support, and integrate OER and affordable course content into MSU curricula, and will also play a leadership role in the Libraries by establishing best practices and strategic directions for OER initiatives. This position reports to the Libraries’ Accessibility Coordinator.

The specific responsibilities of the OER Librarian include the following:

  • Serves as the Libraries’ main OER advocate, providing outreach and education across disciplines.
  • Works independently and with the broader OER community to create and provide OER and affordable course content educational resources and workshops for faculty and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with and helps guide faculty in the creation, identification, adoption, adaption, and assessment of OER and affordable course content.
  • Documents OER and affordable course content adoption and use on campus, calculates savings, and communicates benefits and impact to the broader community.
  • Serves as the Libraries’ liaison to the Open Textbook Network (OTN) and encourages and facilitates faculty participation in OTN initiatives.
  • Identifies, pursues, and assesses other library student success initiatives.
  • Works collaboratively with others in the Libraries to oversee and assess its affordable textbook program.
  • Actively participates in professional organizations and with library and university committees.
  • Engages in scholarly activities, including sharing knowledge through publication, presentation and teaching.
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned.

This librarian will also participate in an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment based on qualifications, interest, and need. Potential secondary assignments may include work in areas such as research services, information literacy, cataloging, user experience, or collection development.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly, and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on professional association, library and university committees as elected or assigned. Other duties as assigned.

The MSU Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with others to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at:

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 5,500 faculty, 38,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The MSU Libraries have combined holdings of over 6 million volumes with renowned collections in music, film, agriculture, Africana and comic art and cutting-edge services including a makerspace and digital scholarship lab.

Required Degree

Masters -Library or Information Science

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to work in a collaborative, respectful environment. Ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
  • Familiarity with Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or affordable course content, including best practices as well as current and emerging trends.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Preparation and commitment to engage in scholarly activity consistent with a library faculty appointment.
  • Capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.

Desired Qualifications

  • Involvement with Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or affordable course content initiatives.
  • Experience building partnerships and working with a variety of campus stakeholders.
  • Ability to utilize data and metrics to assess and communicate success and impact.

Required Application Materials

CV, Cover letter, and 3 names and email addresses of references (2 must be past/present supervisors).

Special Instructions

Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.

Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, CV/resume, and names, addresses and email addresses of three references (2 must be present/past supervisors) to


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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