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Assistant/Associate Professor and Library Instructional Services Program Leader

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Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17038
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Robin Francis

Classification Title
Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor and Library Instructional Services Program Leader
Brief Position Overview

Tenure-track librarian who will lead the MSU Library’s established instructional
programs and assume primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and assessing library instructional initiatives in support of student success.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor
Position Number 4B3299
Department Library
Division Library
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The MSU Library seeks a dynamic, highly motivated librarian, with a passion for information literacy, instructional pedagogy, and assessment. This position is expected to lead the MSU Library’s established instructional programs and assume primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and assessing library instructional initiatives in support of student success.

We are looking for an individual aware of and experienced with initiatives nationwide in order to take our instructional programs and services to the next level. Reporting to the Head of Learning and Research Services (LRS) and working closely with the instructional library faculty, the Library Instructional Services Program Leader plans, develops, coordinates, evaluates, and promotes the MSU Library’s instruction program. The instruction program includes course-integrated and credit course instruction, in-person and online. The program is well-poised to expand. This librarian will also provide mentorship and support to subject librarians with instructional roles.

Montana State University Library is committed to providing and promoting information resources to ensure student and faculty success. Our librarians are leaders in university affairs as well as within state, regional, and national library communities. Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. In support of our campus strategic plan, which values respect for diversity in all its dimensions, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Leads development of a cohesive information literacy curriculum,
    establishes priorities for instruction, and shares instructional best practices, tools, and techniques in support of student success;
  • Coordinates the library’s instructional relationship with freshmen
    seminars to include information literacy content;
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates learning resources that integrate technology into the information literacy curriculum to achieve desired learning outcomes;
  • Consults with subject librarians and other campus faculty to develop;
    meaningful instructional content that fosters critical thinking skills;
  • Oversees the library’s credit courses and leads curriculum design and
  • Provides instructional assessment tools to all subject librarians;
  • Works with the Assessment Coordinator and the LRS Department Head
    to systematically assess MSU student information literacy needs;
  • Coordinates library teaching spaces in support of instruction needs;
  • Leads and serves on library committees related to instructional service
    and represents the library on campus committees to further the instructional mission and reach of the library;
  • Serves as a subject liaison to select departments;
  • Provides library instruction, reference, research, outreach, and
    consultation support to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Engages in and produces research to meet promotion and tenure
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s degree from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited
    graduate program upon date of hire.
  2. Progressively responsible information literacy instructional experience
    in an academic library.
  3. Demonstrated leadership experience.
  4. Demonstrated experience with project management and/or coordinating people, services, and projects.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated engagement with information literacy endeavors such as
    ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  2. Demonstrated experience with instructional assessment.
  3. Experience evaluating and implementing online and emerging instructional technologies.
  4. Commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be creative and proactive, with the ability to provide leadership in taking an established instructional program to the next level.
  • Be an enthusiastic teacher of students and be willing to mentor other instructors in the library, helping them take their own instruction to the next level.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of a high-quality information literacy instruction program.
  • Be patient, persistent, and creative with the mental fortitude to address challenges in multiple ways consistently over time.
  • Have excellent communication skills across a range of audiences, including students, faculty, library colleagues, and the professional community.
  • Engage in research and be an active tenure-track faculty member capable of meeting the university’s promotion and tenure requirements for librarianship, scholarly activity, and service.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The MSU Library’s established instruction program teaches library users needed information research methods and skills through workshops and point-of-use, course-related, web-based, and credit course instruction. It is designed to develop students’ abilities to independently identify, select, analyze and evaluate information for any purpose and use that information ethically. The Library is addressing changes in the information literacy environment on campus as point-of-use interactions decrease while individual research consultations increase (25% during 2015-2016) and the reach of library instruction sessions remains fairly static (around 45% of the student body). The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is guiding the Library’s efforts to advance its instruction program.

The Department

The Instructional Services Program Leader is a member of the Learning and Research Services (LRS) Department. LRS is the vibrant user-centered public face of the library, and is comprised of four tenure track and four non-tenure track librarians, eight classified staff, and the department head. LRS provides instruction and access to information in support of the research and intellectual needs of MSU and the Montana community in an environment that encourages reflective and collaborative inquiry. Services encompassed by LRS include reference and research assistance, instruction, circulation, access services, and building management.

The College

The MSU Library offers research and information resources to the institution’s students and faculty, as well as serving Montana citizens and the State’s business community. It has a full range of library collections and services for students and faculty, including over 140 public computer workstations, printers, scanners, technology-rich group study rooms, and quiet study areas. Knowledgeable and friendly professional librarians and staff provide assistance using the collections, access to online information resources, and instruction for individuals and groups. The MSU Library’s collections support teaching, learning, and research at MSU, with particular emphasis in the fields of agriculture, science, health, and technology. The Library holds special collections in the areas of Montana agriculture and ranching, Yellowstone National Park and its ecosystem, Montana history, and trout and salmonid fish.
The MSU Library has a staff of approximately 55 FTE, including 20 faculty

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date July 1, 2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Please note that screening start date has been changed.

Diversity Statement

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.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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