JOB: Head of Information Literacy, Holy Names University

Head of Information Literacy

Holy Names University Cushing Library seeks a creative, dynamic, team-oriented individual to lead the Library’s Information Literacy initiatives and develop learning outcomes and assessment practices related to instruction. Primary responsibilities include energetically leading information literacy services, providing research assistance, and conducting instructional workshops. Some evening and weekend work is required. This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Essential Functions of Position:

  • Lead, develop, guide, and evaluate the planning, implementation, and assessment of all information literacy and instruction activities.
  • Work closely with faculty and library colleagues to craft a comprehensive instruction program including support of WASC information literacy learning outcomes.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for library colleagues in improving the design and delivery of curriculum-aligned, pedagogically sound, technology-appropriate information literacy learning experiences.
  • Collaborate with faculty and librarian liaisons to develop, customize, and integrate library instructional modules into courses using the university’s Learning Management System (Canvas).
  • Lead the development and assessment of broad-based library instruction materials utilized by faculty.
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend technologies essential to the design and delivery of in-person and online instructional services.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging trends, best practices, and pedagogical principles, including but not limited to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Develop, maintain, and report/disseminate statistical and other information related to the library’s instructional activities.
  • Coordinate and oversee any necessary training for use of instructional facilities and equipment.
  • Oversee Research Desk onboarding, training, and scheduling.
  • Provide specialized research assistance to students, faculty, and visiting scholars, both on-site and remotely.
  • Establish information literacy goals and strategies, and promote instructional offerings.
  • Produce and manage web-based resource guides and similar tools for supporting information literacy and research services.
  • Maintain awareness of best practices and trends in library information literacy and instruction.
  • Serve as a library liaison to one or more academic units providing customized services.
  • Actively evaluate assigned collection areas to determine quality, currency, and relevance; make removal and purchasing recommendations.
  • Participate in marketing and outreach efforts of the library by coordinating orientation efforts, promotional events, and other activities.
  • Keep current with emerging trends and technologies, evaluating developments, and recommending directions.
  • Identify grant and other external support.
  • Compile statistics and provide analysis of significance.
  • Serve as a backup to other units and services as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • An ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science.
  • Two years’ experience or equivalent preferably in an academic library.
  • Experience in coordinating information literacy initiatives and overseeing Reference/Research services.
  • Intermediate expertise with Microsoft Office, SpringShare, Adobe Creative Suite, Camtasia Studio, or similar e-learning software.
  • Familiarity with instructional design models and learning theories.
  • Experience using instructional technologies to develop digital learning materials.
  • Experience using Learning Management System platforms (Canvas preferred) to create and distribute instructional materials.
  • Working knowledge of web-based technology such as CSS, HTML, and related software.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.
  • Knowledge of web development and accessibility standards.
  • Experience in the provision of reference and instructional service.
  • Knowledge of copyright, permissions, and appropriate attribution of licensed materials.
  • Experience preparing and delivering workshops and presentations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and development through memberships in regional, state, and national organizations or other activities appropriate to the discipline or assignment.

To Apply:
The review of applications will begin immediately. For consideration, applicants should submit a Holy Names University staff employment application, cover letter and resume to

*We are unable to offer remote work outside of the state of California.

About Holy Names University
Oakland’s Holy Names University was founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the university’s mission is to empower and prepare a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service in a complex world. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and 7 master’s degree programs. HNU’s student-centered education, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, meets the current needs of adult learners, including first-generation students and working adults. The University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus is nestled in the Oakland hills of California and offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. To learn more, visit

Holy Names University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from the community, alumni and the general public. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.