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Electronic Resources and Discovery Services Librarian

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17039
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For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Robin Francis
(406) 994-4997

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Electronic Resources and Discovery Services Librarian
Brief Position Overview

The Electronic Resources and Discovery Services (ERDS) Librarian is a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ERDS Librarian has primary responsibility for acquisition and maintenance of electronic resources and for providing access to these and other resources through the Library’s Discovery Services, currently Primo from Ex Libris.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4B7858
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 $45,000 - 50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Montana State University Library invites applicants for Electronic Resources and Discovery Services (ERDS) Librarian, a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The ERDS Librarian has primary responsibility for acquisition and maintenance of electronic resources and for providing access to these and other resources through the Library’s Discovery Services, currently Primo from Ex Libris. Additionally, the Montana State University Library recently migrated to Ex Libris’s Alma unified resource management system along with 15 other academic libraries in Montana.

The ERDS Librarian serves as a member of the Collection Development Department and reports to the Head of Collection Development. The ERDS Librarian supervises staff member time in support of ERDS, and will participate in collaborative statewide electronic resource development, help the public troubleshoot access issues, and coordinate across library departments. As a member of the Library faculty, the ERDS Librarian is expected to meet the University’s research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

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
  • Provide leadership for the strategic development and management of electronic resources and discovery services.
  • Collaborate with Montana’s statewide library consortium, TRAILS, to provide access to e-resources through joint purchases and subscriptions.
  • Communicate with vendors and publishers about electronic resources.
  • Optimize electronic resources for discoverability and accessibility through discovery services and search engines.
  • Lead the Primo Operating Group, a library committee charged with ongoing evaluation, maintenance, and discussion of our discovery layer.
  • Supervise staff in support of Electronic Resources and Discovery Services.
  • Foster sustained connections with public services staff.
  • Participate in the subject liaison program.
  • Serve on library, university, state, regional, and national committees as appropriate.
  • Engages in and produces research to meet promotion and tenure requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s degree from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited graduate program upon date of hire.
  2. Potential for excellence in working with discovery systems.
  3. Potential for excellence in working with electronic resource management tools.
  4. Knowledge of current best practices in electronic resources acquisition and management.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience with Ex Libris services.
  2. Experience with troubleshooting systems, documenting progress, and communicating solutions, particularly with regard to electronic products and services.
  3. Experience supervising staff.
  4. Commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will


  • A broad knowledge and understanding of current issues in academic librarianship.
  • A user-oriented mindset for delivering outstanding library service.
  • A mindset of experimentation for thriving in an environment of ambiguity, experimentation, and change.
  • Problem solving skills and a positive and proactive approach to troubleshooting.
  • Project management skills and a successful track record managing multiple priorities.
  • Strong collaborative abilities with students and colleagues of diverse skills and perspectives. Aptitude for managing human resources.
  • Excellent communication skills across a range of audiences, including students, faculty, library colleagues, and the professional community.
  • Awareness of current practices in scholarly communication and open access
  • An appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.
  • 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

Work is predominantly performed in an office and classroom setting.

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 Department

The ERDS Librarian is a member of the Collection Development Department which includes 3 faculty and 7.5 staff working in Scholarly Communication, Interlibrary Loan, Electronic Resources & Discover Services, Acquisitions, and Serials. The MSU Library maintains over 230 databases and more than 18,000 serial subscriptions. 1.5 FTE staff in Collection Development report to the ERDS Librarian.

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 librarians.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on February 22, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
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: .

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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