Instructional Media Fellow
Name of Hiring Contact: Veronica Arellano Douglas
Title of Hiring Contact: Reference & Instruction Librarian
The Instructional Media Fellow will work with the reference & instruction librarians to develop web-based information literacy learning modules and short videos promoting library services and resources. For examples of these types of resources, please see the Claremont Colleges Library Research Tutorial (http://libraries.claremont.edu/howto/researchtutorial/begin.html), the Arizona State University Libraries Library Minute series (http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/?cat=87) and the University of Houston Libraries help videos (http://youtu.be/f8-LDavRzPU). This fellowship experience is designed to give a student interested in the creation of online media an opportunity to develop websites and videos for the library’s instructional program. Although the focus is on media creation, students interested in instructional design, educational technology, librarianship, and information literacy will also benefit from this experience.
The reference and instruction librarians will develop the content for the information literacy learning modules, but the fellow will be responsible for the design and creation of these instructional materials using their arsenal of web development tools (HTML, CSS, PHP or other scripting languages). Tasks will include developing layouts for each learning module, creating interactive learning components, and arranging content into an aesthetically pleasing online presence. The fellow may also be tasked with adapting open-source learning modules for use with the St. Mary’s community. With these responsibilities and tasks, the fellow will learn to collaborate with “clients” (the librarians) to develop instructional technology that meets their needs as well as the needs of the intended audience (St. Mary’s students). This relationship will mirror the work that is often done by professional web developers (in and outside libraries and colleges), who design within a client-based and user-centered framework.
The Instructional Media Fellow will also be responsible for working with the reference and instruction librarians to determine which library services and resources can best be highlighted by promotional videos and to identify common research pitfalls that can be remedied by the creation of short how-to videos. The fellow will then be responsible for the creation of these videos with the support and guidance of the librarians. The fellow will be given creative license to develop videos that are informative, yet also fun, entertaining, and relevant to college students. All filming, editing, and screencasting will be the responsibility of the fellow. Through this experience, the fellow will be able hone their video editing skills and develop a portfolio of creative work that they can share with potential employers or potential graduate programs in the arts, educational technology, or library science.
To be successful in this position, the student must be able to collaborate and communicate effectively with the librarians and library staff. Our ideal fellow would be a creative student who is dependable, organized, able to work independently (with feedback, of course), and comfortable working with deadlines and goals. Web development experience and knowledge of HTML and CSS is a must, and experience with basic web-scripting is a plus. The student should have experience or familiarity with video creation and editing as well as screencasting software such as Screenr, Captivate or Camtasia. Ideally, the student fellow would be familiar with the library and its resources, possess basic information literacy skills, and be excited about libraries, but any student who is creative, motivated and interested in learning more about the library would do well in this position.
For more information on how to apply and a list of the other fellowships available, click here.