Montana State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
June 17, 2014

Statewide Coordinator Librarian
MSU Library

Search Number     14-457
Start Date (ASAP)
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE); Non-tenure track, 2-year contract.

$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.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

As a non tenurable employee, you may be eligible for benefits as outlined in the policies of Montana State University, the Montana University System and the AFMSU Non Tenure Track Collective Bargaining Agreement at


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 statewide coordinator is a new position designed to help academic libraries in Montana provide the best access to information resources for all college students and faculty in the state. Achieving this common goal will require leveraging collective technological and purchasing, as well as organizing the libraries into a consortium that can negotiate with vendors on behalf of its members.

Reporting to the dean of the library, the coordinator is a motivated self-starter who will work closely with colleagues in the MSU library to develop services and technologies that can benefit internal and external constituents. S/he develops strong relationships throughout the state so that resources can be pooled to create a sum that is greater than its parts. S/he coordinates the implementation of new services and projects developed with and delivered to Montana academic libraries. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required of the successful candidate, including the ability to gather data and produce and deliver reports in both textual and graphical formats.

Duties and

  • Create a non-profit consortium of academic libraries in Montana State University

  • Expand cooperative collection development to include all academic libraries

  • Coordinate the implementation of state-wide technology projects

  • Coordinate the collection and dissemination of statewide library statistics

    1.   Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library program.
    2.   3-5 years professional experience in an academic or consortia library setting.
    3.   Excellent communication skills, especially when discussing technical work with a non-technical audience
    1.   Experience with resource development and maintenance in an academic or research library
    2.   Working knowledge of discovery layer software and integrated library systems
    3.   Experience working with diverse forms of library and special collections resources, including e-journals and databases
    4.   Experience working with a library consortium
    5.   Success with grant writing and administration
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

    • Have a broad knowledge and understanding of current issues in academic librarianship.
    • Use independent judgment to carry out duties and communication.
    • Have a positive and proactive approach to troubleshooting and problem solving.
    • Actively listen to the needs of Montana academic libraries and their users.
    • Have a successful track record managing multiple priorities.
    • Thrive in an environment of ambiguity, risk-taking, experimentation, and change.
    • Have the ability to spend up to 20% of time on overnight travel around the state.
    • Have strong collaborative skills and aptitude for managing human resources.
    • Show potential of scholarly research and active engagement in the library profession.

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


    Screening of applications will begin July 28th, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


    To apply, submit: (1) a letter of application that addresses the required qualifications listed in this announcement. Address preferred qualifications if listed; (2) a curriculum vitae identifying area of interest and (3) a list of the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers 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 #14-457” 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 (06/17/14kw)