Collection Development Librarian

Montana State University Library

Montana State University-Bozeman campus

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


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Bozeman, MT


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Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

The Montana State University Library seeks an individual who has experience with collection development and acquisitions in an academic library. Reporting to the Head of Collection Access and Technical Services (CATS) and collaborating with librarians, faculty, and library staff, the Collection Development Librarian manages allocation and expenditures of the materials budget and associated endowments. The Collection Development Librarian provides leadership and expertise to Montana’s consortium of academic libraries (TRAILS) on potential shared purchases and serves as the primary TRAILS contact on collection issues. As a member of the CATSdepartment, the Collection Development Librarian supervises the work of staff members as appropriate and collaborates with the Electronic Resources and Discovery Services Librarian. Along with other library colleagues, this position promotes the Library’s program for the adoption of high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access (OA) materials.

Montana State University Library is committed to providing and promoting information resources to ensure student and faculty success. Our librarians are leaders in university affairs as well as within state, regional, and national library communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all acquisitions processes and workflows, including firm orders, approval plan profiles, demand-driven acquisitions, evidence-based acquisitions, and standing orders.
  • Serves as an expert in the use of the Ex Libris Alma Acquisitions module, including fund structures, vendor codes, EDI, etc.
  • Makes selection and retention decisions based on the Library’s Collection Development policy, involving other librarians in the process as appropriate.
  • Works with campus and library constituents on developing relevant subject areas and keep abreast of current areas of teaching and research at MSU.
  • Analyzes cost and usage data for subscription considerations.
  • Interacts and negotiates with vendors, publishers, and library consortia for selection and evaluation purposes.
  • Compiles the Library’s annual collections and acquisitions statistics for internal and external reports.
  • Provides leadership in reviewing and updating processes, procedures, and policies related to collection activities.
  • Maintains awareness of copyright issues with regard to pricing, acquisition, and provision of materials.
  • Keeps abreast of publishing initiatives such as OER and OA and promotes the adoption and use of such materials, as appropriate.
  • Co-chairs the TRAILS consortium Collection Development Committee.
  • Develops a research agenda that results in publications/presentations to meet promotion and tenure requirements.

The Community

The MSU Library is a dynamic, adaptive, and responsive research library. We aspire to build innovative digital and physical spaces where our diverse communities can access and apply information to grow intellectually, build meaningful collaborations, communicate ideas, and envision a better future for Montana and beyond. We are proud to serve the university and the people of Montana, and we strive to do so while embodying the core values of the profession of librarianship and MSU. Our values reflect how we carry forward our strategic and operational decisions: we aim to build a more informed, thoughtful, and just world while striving to cultivate an environment that supports the potential for finding joy and meaning in our work. The Library has a full range of resources and services for students and faculty, including books and electronic resources, special collections, public computer workstations, printers, scanners, technology-rich group study rooms, quiet study areas, information literacy instruction, data and publication services, and technology and research consultations. The MSU Library has 55-60 employees, including approximately 18 tenure-track faculty and 35 staff.


HR Info

Posted Dec 17, 2018