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University of Montana: Special Collections Librarian





Special Collections Librarian

(Tenure Track: Assistant Professor)



The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library of The University of Montana is located in Missoula, in the heart of the Northern Rockies and tremendous recreational opportunities. Missoula also serves as the region's cultural center and is home to a growing number of nationally recognized writers and other artists.


The University of Montana has an enrollment of over 13,000 and provides a broad curriculum that strikes a balance between a strong liberal arts education and professional programs. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the College of Technology, and seven accredited professional schools – Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts, Forestry and Conservation, Journalism, Law, and Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences – complete the University on the Missoula campus. Affiliated campuses include the College of Technology of The University of Montana, Helena; Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte; and The University of Montana Western, Dillon.


The University of Montana seeks a service-oriented, energetic Special Collections Librarian for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position with rank of assistant professor.




Reporting to and under the general direction of the Head, Access & Collection Services Division, this position is responsible for managing, building and maintaining collections, in a variety of formats, of Montaniana including: the history of Montana and the Intermountain West, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native Americans, forestry, mining, the fur trade, and Montana state documents. Also responsible for managing, building and maintaining collections, in a variety of formats, of unique, rare and/or valuable Special Collections including: an extensive Chaucer collection of early and fine-press editions, an illustrators collection of works by Arthur Rackham, Maurice Sendak, and Rockwell Kent, a large pamphlet collection, a collection of zines, and historical maps. Works closely with staff and faculty throughout Archives and Special Collections and other units and divisions to provide access to Montaniana and Special Collections; facilitates the development of digital collections; provides reference services for Archives and Special Collections materials as well as the general library collection; may participate in general reference service. Participates in outreach and instruction to faculty, students, donors, and friends groups.





Required: This position requires an ALA accredited master’s degree in library science (MLS); education or experience with Special Collections management, rare books or the antiquarian and out of print book trade; facility with computers and the ability to learn and apply new technologies quickly; ability to work in a team environment with colleagues and patrons; strong service orientation; strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; the ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a changing environment; and the ability to meet standards for achieving tenure and promotion, including research leading to peer reviewed publications.


Preferred: Knowledge of how to assess collections for the identification of rare or valuable materials and identification of those items at risk requiring preservation services; experience providing reference services in an academic library; conversant with emerging issues related to teaching, instructional design, learning technologies, and information literacy standards for higher education; training or experience with maps; experience designing and mounting scholarly exhibitions; and educational exposure to or knowledge of the history of Montana and/or the American West.



Rank and Salary


Position is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Salary: competitive and commensurate with experience


The University of Montana offers a comprehensive benefits package including TIAA-CREF. Candidates applying by May 19, 2006 will be given first consideration. To apply, please submit a letter of application, a resume, and a list of three recent professional references to:


Administrative Services

c/o Kathy Hendricks

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812-9936

phone: 406/243-6800

fax: 406/243-6864



Background Investigation is Required Prior to Offer of Employment

In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigation.


ADA / EOE / AA / Veterans’ Preference

As an Equal opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternative format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ preference in accordance with state law.


This position announcement can be made available in alternative formats upon request.




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