Undergraduate Experience Librarian

Montana State University in Montana

Deadline July 22, 2014
Date Posted June 24, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time


The Montana State University (MSU) Library seeks an enthusiastic and collaborative Undergraduate Experience Librarian (UEL). Reporting to the head of the Learning and Research Services (LRS) department, the UEL will lead the librarys exploration and development of innovative methods for teaching and engaging with MSUs growing undergraduate population in areas including the research cycle, data, information literacy, and research tools. The UEL will collaborate with library faculty and staff to expand learning opportunities and enhance traditional services for undergraduates, exploring creative technology solutions for sustainable programs in online, library, and campus environments. S/he will engage with partners across campus, building strong relationships to increase outreach to specific undergraduate populations. The UEL will implement an ongoing program to measure the librarys success with undergraduates, in support of the Universitys goal to improve retention and graduation rates by creating an environment in which undergraduates can learn and thrive. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead library efforts to strategically and sustainably support the research and instruction needs of undergraduate populations at MSU.
  • Explore and implement relevant and emerging technologies that enhance online and face-to-face engagement with diverse undergraduate communities such as dorm residents, commuters, and distance students.
  • Work with the Instruction Librarian, Curriculum Committee, and others to assess the impact of the Librarys efforts to serve undergraduates through programs, resources, and learning spaces.
  • Work closely with library colleagues to pilot new ways to improve learning, discovery, and engagement experiences within the undergraduate curriculum, including outreach to first generation, transfer, veteran, Native American, and non-traditional students.
  • Participate as a subject librarian to assigned department(s)/college(s) according to the Librarys Subject Librarian Duties and Guidelines document (http://tinyurl.com/n8ceqgv )
  • In collaboration with other subject librarians, design and evaluate learning opportunities and services for specific types of undergraduate courses such as first-year experience classes, seminars, and senior capstones.
  • Seek and develop outreach opportunities with other entities on campus such as the Office of Student Success and the Associated Students of Montana State University in support of undergraduate learning and engagement.
  • Serve on Library, University, regional, and national committees as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of current best-practices for instruction and reference services in academic libraries.
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies as they relate to information literacy and library     services to undergraduates.
  • Knowledge of in-person and online instructional design principles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience providing excellent library instruction, both face-to-face and online.
  • Experience as a subject or departmental liaison librarian.
  • Experience creating instructional and informational materials such as online tutorials, pathfinders, surveys, and guides.
  • Experience creating interactive online experiences.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Exhibit a deep commitment to public service and library instruction in an academic library.
  • Demonstrate aptitude and enthusiasm for working with a spectrum of undergraduate students across the curriculum.           
  • Show potential for developing innovative ways to promote the library and its services to students through the use of appropriate technologies, interactive activities, and creative programing.
  • Have strong collaborative skills.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Thrive in an environment of ambiguity, risk-taking, experimentation, and change.
  • Have a broad knowledge and understanding of current issues in academic librarianship.

Show potential for active engagement in the library profession and for establishing a scholarly record through publications and presentations.


Appointment and Application Information

The position is a tenure track, 12 month position. Benefits include TIAA-CREF, health & life insurance, and 21 days annual leave. Available October 1, 2014 or ASAP. Screening begins July 22, 2014.  Applications must include:


  1. a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  2. a current curriculum vitae, and
  3. the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

An application packet addressing all of the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-458" in the subject line of the email. ADA/EO/AA/Veterans Preference. In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document. Full position details at http://www.montana.edu/jobs/faculty/14-458


Contact Information:


Robin Francis


Assistant to the Dean


MSU Library


Montana State University


PO Box 173320


Bozeman MT 59717-3320