Government Information Librarian, Assistant Professor, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library



Reporting to the Head of the Information and Research Services Division, the Government Information Librarian provides leadership and coordination for the access, use, and awareness of state and federal government documents collections and services, including the Mansfield Library’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Responsibilities of the position include training and advisory communications with the 10 Montana Selective Depositories, responding to inquiries and requirements from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), and communicating with other Regionals around the country. The Government Information Librarian is responsible for FDLP outreach, public access, support services, collection development, and serves as the primary liaison to the GPO in matters related to the Library’s service as a Regional Depository Library. The individual will connect this work to larger university projects and initiatives focused on justice, democracy, and civic engagement in support of the University of Montana’s Justice, Policy and Public Service Community of Excellence. The Government Information Librarian consults and collaborates with scholars, participates in a dynamic instructional program, provides reference and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community. Some evening and weekend instruction and/or reference duty is required. University of Montana faculty members contribute to faculty governance activities within the Library and the University, engage in community and professional service, and pursue an active scholarly agenda including publication and research.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Primary Functions of the Position
  • Maintains government document depository arrangements as mandated by state and federal laws and regulations
  • Provides outreach to and coordination of federal and state document collections in Montana libraries through service to selective depository libraries in the state in the form of training, state planning, and guidance on depository management issues
  • Builds and maintains collections of state, federal and international documents in a variety of formats to meet the needs of the University of Montana community
  • Contributes to regional and national cooperative efforts in the promotion and use of government information. Such efforts include library programming, events, or workshops.
  • Participates in the Library’s information literacy and general instruction program, face-to-face and online
  • Provides general and specialized reference, research and information services for the University’s students and faculty as well as members of the community at the reference desk and through various information and communication technologies. May include some evening and weekend hours
  • Works collaboratively with librarian colleagues, Archives and Special Collections, Bibliographic Management Services, Digital Initiatives, Technology and Systems Services and others to develop and support activities relating to government information
  • Develops and maintains physical and online learning objects and research guides
  • Participates as a member of the Collection Development group.
  • Provides communications or outreach to, and develops partnerships with, university units or the larger community, particularly related to justice, democracy, and civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in research and service in accordance with the unit standards for the Mansfield Library




Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 12-month, 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $48,000 to $50,000 commensurate with qualifications.


Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science by time of appointment (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Federal Depository Library Program, including regulations, guidelines and practices for depository libraries.
  • Experience working with or completed coursework in government documents (using both traditional/print and electronic government information resources).
  • Knowledge of current trends in public services and government information services in academic libraries.
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, presentation, organization, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in use of current technologies as they relate to library services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-focused services.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and institutional priorities.
  • Ability to meet standards for achieving tenure and promotion as a library faculty member.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with faculty, staff, students, administrators and/or the general public in a government information setting.
  • Experience or coursework in collection management.
  • Experience or coursework in reference and instruction.
  • Experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments, other units across library and campus communities, and or in other professional or community contexts.
  • Experience or coursework in applying the concepts of justice, democracy, and civic engagement to librarianship.
  • Conversant with emerging issues related to teaching, instructional design, learning technologies, and information literacy standards for higher education.
  • Demonstrated scholarship or interest in pursuing a research agenda grounded in social justice principles
  • Experience working with traditionally marginalized and/or underserved [student] populations


About the Mansfield Library , UM and Missoula

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library is the largest library in the state of Montana with a spirit of collaboration among a variety of state and regional library partners. The Mansfield Library is a leader in the state in the use of technology to extend services and collections to the citizens and University’s global community. It is also the Regional Depository Library for Montana. On campus, the Mansfield Library is heavily used by students and researchers as a learning and social place offering opportunities for cultural and intellectual pursuits through its successful instructional programs, displays, distinctive collections and special events.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How To Apply

Priority Application Date: May 27, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin on after the date above.

IMPORTANT: Please do not send applications directly to the University of Montana, Mansfield Library. Applications sent directly to the Mansfield Library will not be considered or forwarded to Human Resource Services. Only applications submitted through the UM online applicant system will be considered. No exceptions.

Upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Cover letter - specifically addressing your interest in teaching and how your experience qualifies you to teach in the areas addressed
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement (max 250 words) that describes your commitment to the values outlined in the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
    • Mansfield Library Diversity Mission: The Mansfield Libraries support The University of Montana’s strong commitment to creating a vibrant and welcoming culture that expects and respects diversity. Our patron base includes the students, faculty, and staff at UM as well as community members of all backgrounds. We support diversity through our collections, services, instruction, and physical and virtual environments in recognition of our unique responsibility to and long history of upholding equal access, intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression.
  • Three (3) references - Names, addresses and telephone numbers

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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