Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
June 23, 2014

Undergraduate Experience Librarian
MSU Library

Search Number     14-458
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment.

$50,000 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 Montana State University (MSU) Library seeks an enthusiastic and collaborative Undergraduate Experience Librarian (UEL). Reporting to the head of the Learning and Research Services (LRS) department, the UEL will lead the library’s exploration and development of innovative methods for teaching and engaging with MSU’s growing undergraduate population in areas including the research cycle, data, information literacy, and research tools. The UEL will collaborate with library faculty and staff to expand learning opportunities and enhance traditional services for undergraduates, exploring creative technology solutions for sustainable programs in online, library, and campus environments. S/he will engage with partners across campus, building strong relationships to increase outreach to specific undergraduate populations. The UEL will implement an ongoing program to measure the library’s success with undergraduates, in support of the University’s goal to improve retention and graduation rates by creating an environment in which undergraduates can learn and thrive. As a member of the Library faculty, the Undergraduate Experience Librarian is expected to meet the University’s research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

Duties and

  • Lead library efforts to strategically and sustainably support the research and instruction needs of undergraduate populations at MSU.
  • Explore and implement relevant and emerging technologies that enhance online and face-to-face engagement with diverse undergraduate communities such as dorm residents, commuters, and distance students.
  • Work with the Instruction Librarian, Curriculum Committee, and others to assess the impact of the Library’s efforts to serve undergraduates through programs, resources, and learning spaces.
  • Work closely with library colleagues to pilot new ways to improve learning, discovery, and engagement experiences within the undergraduate curriculum, including outreach to first generation, transfer, veteran, Native American, and non-traditional students.
  • Participate as a subject librarian to assigned department(s)/college(s) according to the Library’s Subject Librarian Duties and Guidelines document (
  • In collaboration with other subject librarians, design and evaluate learning opportunities and services for specific types of undergraduate courses such as first-year experience classes, seminars, and senior capstones.
  • Seek and develop outreach opportunities with other entities on campus such as the Office of Student Success and the Associated Students of Montana State University in support of undergraduate learning and engagement.
  • Serve 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.   Knowledge of current best-practices for instruction and reference services in academic libraries.
3.   Familiarity with emerging technologies as they relate to information literacy and library services to undergraduates.
4.   Knowledge of in-person and online instructional design principles.
1.   Experience providing excellent library instruction, both face-to-face and online.
2.   Experience as a subject or departmental liaison librarian.
3.   Experience creating instructional and informational materials such as online tutorials, pathfinders, surveys, and guides.
4.   Experience creating interactive online experiences.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Exhibit a deep commitment to public service and library instruction in an academic library.
  • Demonstrate aptitude and enthusiasm for working with a spectrum of undergraduate students across the curriculum.
  • Show potential for developing innovative ways to promote the library and its services to students through the use of appropriate technologies, interactive activities, and creative programing.
  • Have strong collaborative skills.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Thrive in an environment of ambiguity, risk-taking, experimentation, and change.
  • Have a broad knowledge and understanding of current issues in academic librarianship.
  • Show potential for active engagement in the library profession and for establishing a scholarly record through publications and presentations.

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 July 22, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is 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 of 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 #14-458" 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
    • Phone: (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 (06/23/14kw)