Scholarly Communication Librarian

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Created: March 16, 2013


Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The MSU Library plays an integral role in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University. To succeed in this role, the library seeks an energetic, articulate, and well-organized person to assume management of the University’s ScholarWorks Institutional Repository (IR) and scholarly communication activities.

The successful candidate will have a keen interest in scholarly communication and copyright issues, and a willingness to learn and develop additional expertise through professional development opportunities in these areas. Located on the Digital Access and Web Services team, the position is a 12-month, tenure track, faculty appointment with rank as assistant professor. This position works both independently and in a collaborative environment to promote use of ScholarWorks as a repository for university research and publications (faculty and student works, online journals, MSU publications, etc.) and as an integrated tool in the scholarly communication process on campus.

This position also leads the efforts to raise awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as open access, and actively participates in education about copyright at MSU. As a member of the Library faculty, the Scholarly Communications Librarian is expected to meet the research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

Duties andResponsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities include: Managing the daily operation of the IR which involves adding and editing content, metadata creation, training other library staff in IR functions, etc. Working with appropriate parties and staff to maintain and develop new functionality for the IR. Creating and updating IR policies, procedures, and other necessary documentation. Maintaining and developing new partnerships with Library subject liaisons, MSU faculty, MSU departments and research units, and publications editors for adding content to the IR. Promoting the IR to the campus community. Advising and educating the campus community about authors’ rights and other copyright issues related to scholarly communication. Promoting open access as a policy and philosophy on campus. Collecting and analyzing and reporting IR usage data. Coordinating and providing training in support of ScholarWorks and scholarly communication on campus.

Required Qualifications

1.    ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent.
2.     Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, for successful interaction via email, phone, in person, and in presentation venues.
3.     Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.
4.     Knowledgeable about open access publishing models including copyright issues and authors’ rights related to scholarly communication.

Preferred Qualifications

1.    Demonstrated success with project management and leading project groups/teams
2.    Experience working with digital initiatives in an academic library environment
3.    Experience in digital conversion, file transfer, and file management
4.    Familiarity with digital preservation issues
5.    Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing relationships with academic units and faculty
6.    Experience with institutional repository platform(s), such as Dspace, BePress, Eprints as well as publishing platforms like Open Journal Systems
7.    Experience with HTML/CSS/Javascript and current trends in web and app development.
8.    Demonstrated research interest and scholarly activity in the field.

The Successful Candidate Will:

Have the ability to meet the research and service requirements for faculty promotion and tenure.
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 physically and virtually.
Demonstrate a friendly, approachable, public service attitude.

Additional Requirements

1.    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Notice of Unionized status. The position for which you have applied is a Union position, and is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at

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