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Digital Technologies Development Librarian

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18027
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Robin Francis

Classification Title
Working Title Digital Technologies Development Librarian
Brief Position Overview

The Digital Technologies Development Librarian (DTDL) will conceptualize, develop, and maintain software applications and information systems that support Montana State University’s digital library initiatives. The position is a 12-month, tenure-track, faculty appointment with the rank of Assistant Professor that is situated within the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. The DTDL will work with current systems and develop new tools to help digital initiatives grow and thrive, with emphasis on discovery, accessibility, and digital scholarship methods that include data mining and data visualization. As a tenure-track faculty member, the DTDL is expected to meet the University’s librarianship, research, and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4B3662
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 Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Digital Technologies Development Librarian (DTDL) works as an active member of a service-oriented team that advances digital library initiatives via applied research, application development, and strategic guidance during the lifecycle of projects. The DTDL assists with creation and maintenance of a diverse portfolio of digital products and services (e.g. DSpace, Open Journal Systems, custom site search, etc.) that foster new forms of scholarship and provide users with enhanced digital library access. The DTDL creates strategies and provides technical guidance for integrating MSU Library’s digital collections into classroom environments, research initiatives, and the community.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Direct processes that enhance the discoverability, accessibility, and intuitive searchability of MSU Library’s digital collections.
  • Engage in teaching and outreach activities that bring MSU Library’s digital collections into learning environments, research endeavors, and community spaces.
  • Design and develop digital initiatives with a specific focus on repository development, data mining, and data visualization.
  • Collaborate with others across the MSU Library to create innovative online experiences for library users.
  • Provide strategic project planning, management, and expertise for digital library projects.
  • Develop a research agenda to meet promotion and tenure requirements.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent degree upon start date.
  2. Demonstrated familiarity with digital scholarship methods such as data mining and data visualization.
  3. Demonstrated experience planning and managing collaborative projects with a diverse group of participants.
  4. Demonstrated familiarity with programming languages, stylesheet languages, and/or databases query languages.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience with digital initiatives development and maintenance in an academic or research library, including repository software development.
  2. Knowledge of user-centered design, data-informed decision-making, and Semantic Web technologies.
  3. Knowledge of trends and best practices in developing and supporting digital technology to advance teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.
  4. Demonstrated or potential ability to pursue research, librarianship, and service, with evidence of ongoing professional development and contribution.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have a passion for libraries, archives, and open source/open data culture.
  • Have excellent communication skills, especially when discussing technical work with non-technical people.
  • Have a strong interest in learning on the job and applying new skills to meet library needs.
  • Have a strong interest in supporting the land grant mission of MSU and outreach to academic units and citizens of Montana.
  • Work both independently and as a collaborative member of various teams, to develop new digital library initiatives through iterative, data-informed processes that emphasize usability, sustainability, and performance.
  • Foster an environment that is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds succeed.
  • Actively contribute to the library profession through research, librarianship, 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 Department

Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) is a forward-thinking and constructively critical team that provides engaged and expert guidance as consultants, collaborators, and leaders with regard to hardware, software, systems infrastructure, information architecture, UX, digitization, database design, digital scholarship, and much more.

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.

Conveniently located in the center of campus, the MSU Library 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.

A wealth of information is available around the clock both on and off campus via the Library’s website, including the online catalog, electronic indexes and databases, and many full-text E-journals and E-books. Personalized one-on-one research assistance is available to students on a drop-in basis at the research center desk, or online via E-mail or chat.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of successful search
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
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Screening of applicants will begin on Friday, October 27, 2017; however, applications will continue to be established until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

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.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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