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Online Learning Librarian

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Online Learning Librarian. The Online Learning Librarian will collaborate with colleagues in the VCU Libraries and across the university to advance the development and assessment of online learning objects and environments. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive digital and print collections and nationally recognized innovation in its facilities, advanced media and technology resources for its community, and responsive, accessible information desk operations. In February 2018, the Association of College and Research Libraries recognized the VCU Libraries with the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


Reporting to the Assistant Head for Teaching & Learning, the Online Learning Librarian partners with departments in and outside the library to support librarians in the creation and assessment of online learning objects and environments. The incumbent maintains familiarity with VCU- and VCU Libraries-licensed e-learning platforms and e-learning tools freely available on the web, developing and leading training activities in these tools’ use. The position leads the creation and maintenance of best practices and guidelines for learning object creation and assessment, including instructional design and accessibility principles as they relate to online learning. The position coordinates a team of designated librarians and staff across VCU Libraries who are engaged in advancing online learning initiatives, and works with librarians on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses to create strategies for developing pedagogically effective digital content for diverse groups of learners. The incumbent leads the development of a strategy for supporting online and hybrid sections of Focused Inquiry classes (VCU’s foundational undergraduate research and writing courses), provides course-integrated instruction and research support for a limited number of these course sections, and creates and maintains a limited number of online learning objects that advance undergraduate students’ information literacy skills.

This position is located on the Monroe Park Campus, but the successful candidate will need to travel to the MCV Campus as necessary.

The Online Learning Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or an accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Knowledge of and/or experience with instructional design models and learning theories. Knowledge of and/or experience with instructional technologies as they relate to online learning and usability and accessibility standards. Experience developing and/or teaching online materials or courses. Experience assisting faculty or librarians with the effective use of technology in online learning environments. Teaching and research assistance experience in an academic library. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority-serving institutions. Evidence of project management and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to lead in a team environment. Strong service orientation. Demonstrated initiative.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among Virginia’s largest research universities, enrolling over 31,000 students. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 42 doctoral, 69 masters, 3 professional, and 59 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-four of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 22 programs ranking in the top 50 and sculpture and nurse anesthesia ranked number one. Over 3,200 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $271 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, employ over 66 professionals and 83 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $21 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources, as well as a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and was one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, ArchivesSpace, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

The Monroe Park Campus of VCU is located in Richmond's Fan District, a large, residential neighborhood of townhouses, shops, and cafes. The campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate and many of its graduate programs, including the School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Schools of Business, Education, and Social Work. The School of Social Work also offers the Masters of Social Work at the Northern Virginia Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, VCU’s Qatar campus in the Middle East offers degree programs through the School of the Arts.

The MCV Campus, located in historic Court End near state and local government and financial centers, is home to the VCU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy; VCU College of Health Professions; the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research; and, VCU Health. VCU Health includes VCU Medical Center, a Magnet Recognized hospital with 771 inpatient beds, outpatient clinics, a Level 1 trauma center, and over 800 physicians in nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international renown, as well as the Children’s Hospital at VCU and Massey Cancer Center, Virginia's first NCI-designated cancer center. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, VCU Health offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $58,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin July 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to VCUJobs, complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an urban, research institution with a richly diverse university community and commitment to multicultural opportunities. Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.



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James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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