Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
April 10, 2014

Head of Learning and Research Services
MSU Library

Search Number     14-352
Start Date August 15, 2014 (negotiable)
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE); tenure track; 12-month appointment

$65,000 annually

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The MSU Library announces a unique opportunity as a result of merging its Reference and Access Services Teams into a broad new public services unit called Learning and Research Services (LRS). The LRS department head will be responsible for leading the Library’s public service initiatives, including instruction, research assistance, public programming, reserves, and circulation/stacks maintenance, and continuing the library’s exploration and implementation of new approaches to public services.

Additionally, the LRS department head will be responsible for the Library Commons, which is a technology-rich teaching and learning environment. This position will lead a group of approximately eight tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty librarians, 10 classified staff, and 17 part-time student employees. While the formation of LRS has already begun, the department’s structure will be fairly fluid for the near future as members devise effective methods of working together. The Head will lead in shaping the details of LRS’ emerging structure. As a member of the Library faculty, the LRS Head is expected to meet the University’s research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

Duties and

  • Provide leadership for the strategic development, management, and assessment of Learning and Research Services.
  • Coordinate the work of LRS, facilitate cross training, delegate responsibility among department members, and evaluate staff and faculty performance.
  • Facilitate the development of pioneering delivery-methods and implement new technologies to innovate public service, research assistance, and instruction.
  • Participate as a subject librarian through outreach, instruction, and collection development to assigned department(s)/college(s).
  • Participate in Library administration by serving on the Dean’s Executive Team and serving on Library, University, regional, and national committees as appropriate.
  • Develop a research agenda that results in publications/presentations to meet promotion and tenure requirements.

1.   ALA-accredited Master of Library Science or equivalent.
2.   Minimum three years of post-MLS experience in a management capacity.
3.   Demonstrated team building skills including the ability to motivate, develop and mentor others.
4.   Experience leading and delivering diverse public services in an academic library.
5.   Knowledge of current best-practices in library public services, including progressive methods of provision of instruction and of reference service.
6.   Knowledge of and experience with cutting-edge learning technologies.
7.   A record of scholarly research and active engagement in the library profession.
1.   Experience with human resource management of both faculty and staff.
2.   Experience providing library instruction and serving as a subject liaison.
3.   Experience assessing library public services.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate a vision for the future of academic library public services in conformance with the library’s strategic plan.
  • Be prepared to advocate and demonstrate the need for the Library’s teaching, research and engagement mission to internal and external constituents.
  • Have experience delivering outstanding library service.
  • Foster partnerships and collaboration between LRS and other Library departments.
  • Have a successful track record managing and shaping change in an environment of risk-taking and experimentation.
  • Have excellent communication and collaborative skills and an aptitude for managing human resources.
  • Have a passion for creating an intellectually stimulating learning environment and cultivating a positive high-service culture.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Screening of applications will begin on May 23, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate candidate pool has been established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-352" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Robin Francis
    • Assistant to the Dean
    • MSU Library
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 173320
    • Bozeman MT 59717-3320
    • (406)994-4997

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted 4/10/14kw