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Montana State University Librarian and Archivist in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24126

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Robin Francis


Classification Title

Working Title Librarian and Archivist

Brief Position Overview

The Montana State University ( MSU ) Library seeks a student-focused, creative individual to serve as Librarian & Archivist. This 12-month faculty position supports student success through course-integrated library instruction using primary source materials from Archives & Special Collections. This work also includes the preparation and development of archives and special collections. The Librarian and Archivist advances the Archives & Special Collection department’s efforts to involve MSU students in using and building unique analog and digital collections that document the past, present, and future of Montana and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Number 4B3831

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

  • Conduct tailored, course-integrated library instruction for MSU classes to support transformative learning experiences supported by archives and special collections.

  • Teach workshops that are accessible to the citizens of Montana and beyond.

  • Create guides, conduct research consultations, and provide prompt accurate assistance in response to requests.

  • Promote use of and engagement with the collections by MSU students and faculty and by citizens of Montana through programming and outreach.

  • Describe archival and digital collections using national and international standards.

  • Coordinate with other library departments to prepare books and archival collections for use and identify and address preservation needs.

  • Use both traditional and innovative means to develop the collections according to the collection development policy, ethical standards, and capacity for responsible stewardship.

  • Write grant and other proposals as appropriate, develop and sustain relationships with current and potential donors.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program or a terminal degree in a field appropriate to the position that includes specialized training in archival theory and practice.

  • Demonstrated awareness of the history of the Rocky Mountain region including familiarity with popular creative works, journalistic endeavors, and scholarly products.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated instruction and teaching experience applying active learning pedagogy.

  • Demonstrated experience that reflects commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative approaches within a department, organization, or beyond.

  • At least two years of experience working in a library, archive, or other cultural heritage organization.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be an effective communicator and contribute positively to the academic success of Montana State University students.

  • Be a curious individual who seeks out and applies new skills and knowledge.

  • Work well in a team-oriented context where we develop and follow consistent approaches to our shared work.

  • Have an interest in both traditional and forward-thinking approaches to the department’s shared work.

  • Have a strong interest in supporting the land grant mission of MSU and outreach to academic units and citizens of Montana.

  • Foster an environment that is committed to helping students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds succeed.

  • Collaborate with other departments on campus and with other entities in the community, state, region, and nation to advance the library’s mission.

  • Work as part of department team and contribute consistently and positively to the shared priorities of the department.

    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

Archives and Special Collections ( ASC ) stewards the unique collections of MSU Library that represent the cultural and scientific heritage of Montana and the Rocky Mountain Region. We collaborate with all library departments and entities across campus to develop and expose our collections, create transformative learning experiences, and promote inquiry into the past, present, and future. We facilitate empathy, cultural connection, and respectful understanding of diverse experiences.

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: .