Head of Learning and Research Services

Montana State University in Montana

Deadline January 06, 2014
Date Posted December 3, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The MSU Library is merging its Reference and Access Services Teams into a new broad public services unit which will be called Learning and Research Services (LRS). LRS will be responsible for leading the Librarys public service initiatives, including instruction and workshops, research assistance, public programming, reserves, and circulation/stacks maintenance. Additionally, LRS will be responsible for the Library Commons, which is a technology-rich teaching and learning environment. This position will lead a group of approximately eight tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty subject/functional-specialist librarians, 10 classified staff, and 17 part-time student employees.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the strategic development and management of Learning and Research Services.
  • Participate in Library administration by serving on the Deans Executive Team and serving on Library, University, regional, and national committees as appropriate.
  • Grow, implement, and assess LRS planning, programs, procedures, strategies, and goals.
  • Coordinate work, delegate responsibility, and evaluate performance.
  • Facilitate the development of pioneering delivery-methods for public service, research assistance, and instruction.
  • Implement new technologies to contribute towards innovative public service, research, and learning.
  • Facilitate cross-training across LRS functional areas and between LRS classified staff and faculty.
  • Participate as a subject librarian through outreach, instruction, and collection development to assigned department(s)/college(s).
  • Develop a research agenda that results in publications/presentations to meet promotion and tenure requirements.

Required Qualifications:


ALA-accredited Master of Library Science or equivalent.


Minimum five years of post-MLS progressively responsible   experience in an academic or research library including several years of   experience in a leadership capacity.


Experience leading and delivering diverse public services   in an academic library.


Knowledge of current best-practices in library public   services, including progressive methods of provision of instruction and of   reference service.


Knowledge of and experience with next-generation learning   technologies.


A record of scholarly research and active engagement in   the library profession.

Preferred Qualifications:


Experience with human resource management of both faculty   and staff.


Experience providing library instruction and acting as a   subject liaison.


Experience assessing library public services.

Screening of applications will begin on January 6, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

For a complete position description and/or to apply, please visit http://www.montana.edu/jobs/faculty/14-195