Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Head, Bibliographic Management Services Division

Tenure track, Associate Professor

Position Description:

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library of The University of Montana seeks a knowledgeable, highly-motivated, effective library technical services director for a dynamic information resources and teaching environment. The Head of Bibliographic Management Services (BMS) must demonstrate effective leadership, excellent personnel management skills, and have considerable experience in acquisitions and electronic resources management.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Head of Bibliographic Management Services serves as a member of the senior management group of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Libraries and works to facilitate effective communication and working relationships library wide and among the affiliated campuses.

The Bibliographic Management Services Division consists of two faculty, 14 classified staff, and 1.7 FTE in student workers. As division head, this position supervises the department staff responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of all formats and providing metadata expertise for the library’s growing digitization projects; is responsible for the development and application of policy, workflow, project management and resource allocation; administers acquisition fund management; participates in the Collection Development committee to provide budget reports and to implement methods of collection management that provides data for purchasing decisions; and plays a key role in overseeing electronic resource acquisition and management.

This is a tenure track position with the expectation of publishing, research, and service.

Essential functions

  • Provides energetic, insightful leadership for project initiation/management and plans for effective and efficient work flow throughout the division.
  • Oversees the unit’s daily operations and activities.
  • Serves as a catalyst for creative new services.
  • Plans and directs the work of the divisional units, making hiring, scheduling, training and evaluation decisions.
  • Manages unit’s staffing budget and is responsible for utilization of the collections budget.
  • Provides leadership in the acquisition and implementation of acquisitions management technologies.
  • Plans and participates in special project assignments related to bibliographic access and control.
  • Stays abreast of current trends, practice and standards relating to bibliographic management and access.


  1. Masters degree in library science from an accredited ALA graduate program or equivalent professional degree.
  2. Five years of relevant, progressively responsible, professional experience in an academic or research library that demonstrates capability to lead a large operational unit and contribute to the senior management of the library.
  3. Demonstrated management, supervisory and leadership skills.
  4. Project management experience and extensive experience in the use of automated systems.
  5. Experience in the processes, technologies and budgeting for acquisitions, including the acquisition and management of electronic resources.
  6. Ability to lead organizational change, growth, and development.
  7. Evidence of ability to interact collaboratively.
  8. Ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably orally and in writing.
  9. Solid technology background.


The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with a student enrollment of 13,900. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of 63,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur and offers 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 offers high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the arts and sciences, and the University’s nine professional schools prepare students for careers in social work, pharmacy, physical therapy, journalism, law, business, education, forestry and fine arts.

Application review will begin December 17, 2007 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should include a letter addressing the criteria, a vita and a list of three professional references. All materials should be sent to:

Administrative Services
c/o Kathy Hendricks
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-9936
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The University of Montana is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ preference in accordance with state law

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