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Montana State University Instruction Librarian in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24127

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Robin Francis

(406) 994-4997

Classification Title

Working Title Instruction Librarian

Brief Position Overview

The Instruction Librarian position focuses on teaching undergraduate students and participates in the development, implementation, and assessment of library instructional initiatives. This 12-month faculty position supports student success through engagement across our campus to equip students for life-long information proficiency. The Instruction Librarian serves as a part of the new Instruction Department which offers a range of programs and initiatives that support student learning, access to essential tools and resources, and undergraduate student success.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Number 4B4579

Department Library

Division Library

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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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

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

  • Providing in-person and virtual reference assistance, library instruction, and one-on-one in-depth consultations in a range of subjects.

  • Creating reusable digital learning objects as well as course-related web pages and other guides.

  • Assisting students, faculty, and staff in making effective use of library and other internet resources, citation management programs, and applications software.

  • Providing remote assistance through phone, e-mail, and chat reference.

  • Working with early-career undergraduate programs such as the First-Year Seminars, Learning Strategies courses, and at-risk student initiatives to provide embedded library instruction.

  • Teaching credit-based library instruction courses.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program.

  • Experience designing and facilitating instruction in the classroom and/or online.

  • Excellent written communication skills and excellent presentation skills.

  • Working knowledge of information resources and effective search strategies in academic discovery service tools and databases.

  • Experience utilizing the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and critical information literacy.

  • Comfort with a variety of digital literacy concepts, skills, and competencies, including data literacy, to advance foundational research practices in an academic setting.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • At least two years relevant professional experience in an academic library setting.

  • Demonstrated experience creating and editing digital learning objects, such as multimedia elements, video tutorials, and interactive learning elements.

  • Experience working with campus learning management systems.

  • Familiarity with educational learning theory, instructional design methods, and/or instructional technologies.

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues faced by diverse student populations, such as those experienced by non-traditional, first-generation, transfer, and/or international students.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively using strong interpersonal skills.

  • Be committed to building relationships with campus faculty, staff, colleagues, and students to foster inclusive work and learning experiences.

  • Stay abreast of current information technologies and networks such as artificial intelligence and social media and how these inform our information environment.

    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

The Instruction Department is a newly formed unit intended to provide a more intentional approach to the Montana State University Library’s teaching, with particular focus on early-career undergraduate students. The department offers a variety of approaches to instruction including workshops, embedded course instruction, tutorials, one-on-one consultations, and credited instruction. The department’s leadership is 3-year rotating position, giving all Instruction Department members the opportunity for skill-building and advancement in a leadership role.

The College

The MSU Library is a dynamic, adaptive, and responsive research library. We aspire to build innovative digital and physical spaces where our diverse communities can access and apply information to grow intellectually, build meaningful collaborations, communicate ideas, and envision a better future for Montana and beyond. We are proud to serve the university and the people of Montana, and we strive to do so while embodying the core values of the profession of librarianship and MSU . Our values reflect how we carry forward our strategic and operational decisions: we aim to build a more informed, thoughtful, and just world while striving to cultivate an environment that supports the potential for finding joy and meaning in our work. The library has a full range of resources and services for students and faculty, including books and electronic resources, special collections, public computer workstations, printers, scanners, technology-rich group study rooms, quiet study areas, information instruction, data and publication services, and technology and research consultations.

The MSU Library is committed to providing access to information resources and supporting student and faculty success through instructional services and research assistance. Our library faculty are campus leaders and active within state, regional, and national library communities.

The MSU Library has around 50 faculty and staff employees, including 14 tenure-track faculty, 33 staff members, and 25-30 student employees.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date July 1, 2024

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on April 3, 2024; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload:

  • A cover letter highlighting elements of your experiences that specifically addresses the required and preferred qualifications for this position.

  • A current curriculum vitae.

  • A statement on your teaching philosophy (max 500 words).

  • Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. Please provide a statement (max 250 words) that describes your commitment to these values.

    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: .