Current Employment Opportunities

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Why move to Columbia? Check out this great list of diverse resources, activities, etc. To apply for jobs with the MU Libraries, you must submit an application through campus Human Resources.

Librarian and Archivist Academic Job Openings

There are no Librarian or Archivist positions open at this time.  
About Mizzou:  The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It’s a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.  The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools.  Many departments also work closely with the University Extension program to bring the benefits of research to Missouri citizens.  The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace, and the Mizzou Advantage program encourages innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. Between fall 2002 and fall 2013, Hispanic enrollment grew 160 percent and African American enrollment 81 percent.  MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research.  The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities.  Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri’s public universities.

Located in central Missouri with easy access to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia, MO is consistently ranked one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.

For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:


The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-882-5835.

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Staff Job Openings


Sr. Library Information Specialist – ILL Borrowing

The MU Libraries have an immediate opening for a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Interlibrary Loan – Borrowing department.  This position is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising staff, workflow, troubleshooting, and general overall management of the unit.

Specific duties include:

  • Administratively supervise staff and students in the ILL- Borrowing unit in providing library materials to faculty, staff and students.  Hire, train, supervise and conduct performance evaluations.
  • Perform advanced and very complex tasks in the area of interlibrary loan
    • Perform and coordinate contacting patrons by e-mail about cancelled or problem requests.
    • Verify and research problems relating to interlibrary loan borrowing requests. May ask for assistance from others when requests cannot be verified.
    • Maintain IFM reports.
    • Serve as technology contact for the Interlibrary Loan Unit as a whole working with staff in the Library Technology Services Department and other in Technical Services as needed. Requires knowledge of MERLIN (UM Libraries OPAC), OCLC Resources Sharing System, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, ILLiad, and Odyssey.
    • Answer in person, email and/or phone inquiries from other libraries regarding interlibrary loan borrowing requests.
    • Work with GWLA (Greater Western Libraries Alliance) and Rapid (Rapid Access Processing and Information Delivery) Lending and Borrowing Departments on Cooperative Projects.
    • Request articles from Document Delivery Suppliers, such as Chemical Abstracts Services, ScienceDirect, CISTI and NTIS. Coordinate the checking in of these articles.
    • Supervise the requesting of dissertations from ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Express and supervise the checking in of the dissertations when received.
    • Collect money and check ID’s when patrons wish to purchase copy or dissertation from ProQuest/UMI.  Request articles on Internet requiring credit card purchase.
    • Participate in Library Staff Meetings, Access Services Meetings, and Unit Head Meetings as well as hold Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Meetings.
  • Collect and provide monthly and yearly statistics and other reports
    • Check and verify monthly credit card report and sending to Technical Services.
  • Send monthly reports to Copyright Clearance Center for billing of items over the Copyright Limit and then check invoices received for ILL items and take to Technical Services for payment.
  • Assist with interlibrary loan lending requests processing.  Answer questions and ascertain the status of their requests as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Hiring Range:  $15.14 – $18.00

Work Hours:  40 hours/week, M-F, 8am – 5pm.  Occasional need to adjust schedule to assist with special projects or coverage needs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • Minimum of one year related experience is necessary.
  • The ability to type may be necessary depending upon the position available.
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • One to two years of direct interlibrary loan experience.
  • One year of supervision experience.
  • One year of Academic Library experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility, dependability, work in teams as well as independent, self-motivated and embraces diversity and change.
  • Demonstrate commitment to service quality.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Outlook.Knowledge of circulation and reserve service and Library of Congress Call Numbers.
  • Proficiency with Copyright Law.
To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with Job ID 17479.  University application, resume and cover letter are required.  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.


 Sr. Library Information Specialist – Cataloging and Metadata

The MU Libraries have an immediate opening for a Sr. Library Information Specialist in the Cataloging & Metadata department.  This position is responsible for providing bibliographic control and access to tangible monographs in the MU Libraries’ collection by performing original and WorldCat member cataloging; cataloging material in a variety of subjects, formats, and languages; and assisting in maintaining the integrity of the MERLIN Catalog by updating holdings information.

Specific duties include:

  • Provide access to library materials through descriptive metadata, subject analysis and classification.
  • Perform cataloging and holdings work, according to established standards and procedures.  This includes original and copy cataloging.
  • Performs related authority work according to established practices and in conjunction with the authority control coordinator.
  • Create and add authority records for personal, corporate, and meeting headings, and uniform titles to national authority file.
  • Catalog selected Special Collections materials and other special projects as assigned.
  • Statistical and activities reports.
  • Serve as resource person in areas of special subject, language knowledge, and/or format.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Salary:  $15.14 – $18.00

Work Hours:  40 hours/week, M-F, between 7am – 6pm.  Occasional need to adjust schedule to accommodate needs of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • Minimum of one year related experience is necessary.
  • The ability to type may be necessary depending upon the position available.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Self-motivation, willingness and ability to learn and accurately perform complex tasks following established rules, standards, and procedures.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet speed and accuracy goals.
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Reading knowledge of one or more classical or modern languages in addition to English.
To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with Job ID 17432.  University application, resume and cover letter are required.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 28, 2015.

Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.


Security Officer, Overnight

The MU Libraries has an immediate opening for and overnight Security Officer. The Officer maintains the security and integrity of the library, its employees, and its patrons after library administration’s regular hours.

Duties include:

  • Hourly rounds (every half hour during pre-finals and finals week)
  • Midnight closing procedures
  • Locking and unlocking doors as needed
  • Assisting patrons and staff
  • Setting/disarming alarm systems
  • Handling and/or reporting maintenance and custodial problems
  • Dealing with emergency or routine situations as needed.
Salary:  $10.34 – $12.96

Shift:  40 hours/week, generally 11pm-7am Sunday – Thursday. Hours may be shifted to meet department needs.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • Possession of a valid Missouri driver’s license is required.
  • First Aid and CPR certification courses may be required as a condition of employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective communication skills.  Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff.
  • Ability to both follow established guidelines and appropriately respond to unique situations.  Ability to work in various situations.
  • Prior security experience helpful.
  • Intermediate to advance computer/keyboarding skills are preferred; basic knowledge is required.
  • Must be able to pass standard First Aid and CPR courses.
  • Ability to meet project deadlines.
To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with Job ID 17567.  University application, and resume are required.  Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.


The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-882-5835.

EEO IS THE LAW

To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links: