Current Employment Opportunities

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

To apply for jobs with the MU Libraries, you must submit an application through campus Human Resource Services.

Librarian and Archivist Academic Job Openings

Engineering Librarian – 22811

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seeks a Librarian to lead the Engineering Library & Technology Commons.  The successful candidate will engage with faculty, students, and staff of the College of Engineering to provide integrated information support for the mission and programs of the College; and plan and direct the activities of the Engineering Library & Technology Commons.  He or she will provide reference service, develop the technology commons, create and implement instruction programs, work with collaborative project groups, select materials for the library collection, and engage with users.  The Engineering Librarian will also provide leadership and coordination for data management activities of the University Libraries. We seek candidates whose work will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Engage with engineering faculty and administrators, visiting engineering professionals and others regarding engineering information and technology resources. Support College of Engineering grant applications. Further the engagement of students and faculty with Engineering Library services and resources through outreach activities. Design services based on needs and strategic priorities of the College of Engineering, the University Libraries, and the University of Missouri.
  • Plan and direct operations of the Engineering Library & Technology Commons.  Hire, train and supervise staff. Establish and meet performance and service standards for the Engineering Library. Develop Technology Commons.
  • Provide premier reference and instruction services to Engineering Library users. Prepare and conduct formal presentations to increase student and faculty understanding of the information landscape and resources. Develop online training tools as appropriate.
  • Create, update, and promote use of the Engineering Library & Technology Commons web sites to provide user access to resources and services. Create ready access to internet-based engineering and data-management resources.
  • Work cooperatively with the University Libraries, Dean of Engineering, and appropriate information technology professionals to maintain current technology in the Engineering Library & Technology Commons that supports the learning experiences of the students enrolled in Engineering courses.
  • Select library materials in engineering and computer science to support the mission of the college. Review usage data; revise collection development practices as needed. Manage and maintain collections through weeding and transfers to remote storage facilities.
  • Provide instruction for researchers on best practices for data management. Design LibGuides, instructional materials, and tutorials to advance self-directed learning experiences.
  • Chair the University Libraries Data Management Education Working Group. Coordinate efforts to advance data management strategies for the research community supported by the University Libraries. This group develops opportunities for researchers to consult with librarians about data management, reuse, planning, preservation, and accessibility. Work cooperatively with other librarians to assist faculty with data management planning, data documentation, research data best practices, and data submission into appropriate depositories.
  • May assume additional responsibilities related to the small, science-related departmental libraries on campus.

Librarians are expected to promote the University mission through professional activities and service on Libraries, College of Engineering, and University of Missouri committees and working groups, and to engage with appropriate professional organizations. There are opportunities to participate in Campus service and activities.

This position will be hired at the rank of Librarian II or higher, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in a library or similar environment with responsibilities encompassing reference, instruction, computer technology, and public service.
  • Ability to articulate a vision for the engineering library and data management services.
  • Strong supervisory skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation and instructional skills.
  • Evident service orientation and ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues and technical challenges related to research data management.
  • Creativity and initiative.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the University of Missouri, including diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in STEM field, engineering or science discipline. Additional advanced subject degree.
  • Graduate of ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program. Participation in research data educational offerings.
  • Supervisory experience. Expertise in the use of accepted data management tools. Experience in an engineering-related setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative working relationships with faculty, IT professionals, and campus research officials.

Compensation:  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php with Job ID 22811.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required.  Preference for applications received by May 15, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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


Assistant or Associate Director for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB) – 22743

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an Assistant or Associate Director for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB).  The successful candidate will provide leadership for the SCARaB Division, which is responsible for selecting, preserving, and making accessible materials of the Libraries’ special and rare book collections.  These collections house rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years, and vary from a tiny Charlotte Bronte manuscript to the Lanford Wilson papers to the Comic Arts Collections and dime novels.   The Assistant/Associate Director is also responsible for supervising the University Archivist in the selecting, accessioning, and control of the official records of MU and the UM System’s central administration; and supervising the organization and preservation of manuscript collections and organizational records that document the history of the University of Missouri and its various activities and communities. We seek candidates whose work will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.

Responsibilities:

Leadership:  The Assistant/Associate Director works with library managers and supervisors to establish goals and objectives and to set priorities, and also has responsibility for the overall planning, resource allocation, and administration of the SCARaB Division.  He or she is a member of the Libraries’ management team and participates in establishing library-wide policy, serves on committees, and supports fundraising and development activities.  He or she evaluates personnel, analyzes costs and efficiency of operations, and coordinates projects with other divisions.  The position actively encourages and supports professional development and training of librarians, archivists, and staff.

Collection Development:  The Assistant/Associate Director is responsible for supervising the ongoing development of collections in the areas of manuscripts, rare books, university archives, and other special collections through donations, purchases, and records management.  The incumbent proactively cultivates relationships with donors and seeks out gifts, grants, and other external support for the Division in cooperation with the Libraries’ Development Officer.  In particular, the position pursues donations of materials that correspond to the Division’s collection development policies.

Digital Projects:  The Assistant/Associate Director supervises the Digital Services unit and develops strategies and priorities for digitizing the historical and rare holdings of the Libraries and University Archives.  He or she works with service providers and granting agencies to facilitate integrated access to library collections and information resources and to increase capacity for in-house digital projects.

Public Services:  Experience in planning student engagement with special collections and rare material along with a commitment to working collaboratively with the whole library system is essential.  The incumbent must be committed to promoting and enhancing instruction and research services. 

This position will be hired at the rank of Librarian II or higher, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent.
  • Strong knowledge of book history, archival administration, and current and emerging trends in archives and special collections, including collection development for rare books, archives, and special collections, records management principles, and digital preservation.
  • Demonstrated experience in digital projects.
  • At least six years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian working with rare books and special collections, with two years supervisory experience. 
  • Knowledge of techniques for book preservation and conservation.
  • Experience with successful grants and/or donor relationships.
  • Excellent supervisory and public speaking skills.  Ability to advocate for SCARaB with peers, donors, faculty, and university administrators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional advanced degree in literature or history.
  • Knowledge and experience supervising metadata creation and Hathi trust uploading; experience in digital humanities.
  • Language skills in French, German, Latin or  other non-English languages.
  • Experience in an ARL or other large research library.
  • Experience working with library donors and large gifts.
  • Demonstrated professional activity and leadership in the profession.
  • Experience with building projects.

Salary:  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply: Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php with Job ID 22743.  A cover letter, contact information for three references, and a CV are required.  Preference for applicatons received by June 10, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   

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


 Head, Instructional Services – 22209

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-focused Head of Instructional Services.  The successful candidate will work closely with librarians, campus partners, and classroom faculty to provide students with opportunities to attain information literacy skills necessary for academic success and life-long learning and in support of our campus Core Learning Objectives.  The Libraries recognize that support for online learning is increasingly important to our campus.  The ideal candidate will help us build capacity to support online learners.  We are seeking someone who will initiate ongoing dialogue within the libraries and with campus partners about how to effectively integrate information literacy concepts into the curriculum.  We seek candidates whose research, teaching and/or service will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and support for library initiatives to integrate information literacy into the curriculum
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate and form partnerships with campus programs and initiatives that support teaching and student learning
  • Work with colleagues to design instruction and develop learning materials in support of information literacy concepts as defined by ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy
  • Deliver effective instructional sessions
  • Conduct needs assessments, assess instructional outcomes and report on the impact of the Libraries’ instructional initiatives
  • Support teaching librarians by initiating professional development opportunities
  • Supervise one or more librarians
  • Serve as an ex officio member of the University Libraries’ Instruction Committee
  • Contribute to general reference services in Ellis Library
  • May serve one or more academic programs as a subject librarian
  • Participate in library and campus committees
  • All librarians are expected to be professionally engaged

The University of Missouri Libraries has a robust instructional outreach program that includes close engagement with the campus English 1000 composition course, the Student Success Center, the Campus Writing program, and a subject liaison program focused on discipline-specific research skills.  The Libraries also offer a variety of workshops both in person and online.  The Head of Instructional Services will join a team of Department Heads in the Research & Information Services Division that share responsibility for user outreach.  The position will work particularly closely with the Instruction Committee, the Head of User Engagement, the Head of Research Services, and the E-Learning Librarian.  The Instruction Committee includes representation from across the Libraries.  The Head of Instructional Services reports to the Associate Director for Research and Information Services.

This position will be hired at the rank of Librarian II or higher, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent
  • Minimum three years post-MLS experience, with at least two years teaching experience in libraries or higher education
  • Committed to supporting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion  
  • Understanding of information needs and information-seeking habits of undergraduates
  • Experience using web applications and technologies in the delivery of library instruction
  • Evidence of successful program development and assessment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute positively to a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience in a library or higher education setting
  • Experience with innovative educational/instructional technologies and design
  • Evidence of professional engagement related to information literacy and instruction in libraries
  • Graduate of ACRL’s Information Literacy Immersion Program

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php with Job ID 22209.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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


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 $2.2 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 a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  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 18 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.  The fall 2015 student body includes Mizzou’s largest number of high-achieving students who scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, the state’s biggest international student enrollment and a record number of students from minority groups. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $237 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 27 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and 62 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 fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 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:

Staff Job Openings

Library Information Assistant – Health Sciences Library Circulation – 23085

The Health Sciences Library has an immediate opening for a Library Information Assistant in Circulation.  This position is responsible for providing customer service and functional supervision of Circulation, Reserve, Photocopy, and Shelving during evening and weekend hours, including staffing the Circulation Desk and supervising student employees.

Specific job duties include:

  • Circulation:  Perform check out, check in, return receipt, renewal, page, modify/cancel/transfer holds, recall and search, create and update item records, update patron records as needed.  Insert missing barcodes in MOBIUS virtual records.  Locate books, journals, and other materials in the catalogs.  Determine availability of electronic and/or print copies.  Perform opening and closing procedures for the Circulation Desk, Photocopy, and the Library.  Maintain orderly appearance of the library.
  • Reserve:  Locate reserve materials for patrons.  Provide assistance on using electronic reserves, electronic journals, and electronic books, and searching reserve lists.  Take requests from faculty for materials to be placed on reserve.
  • Patron Assistance:  Assist patrons with reference questions and with locating materials in the library.  Explain library policies.  Provide instruction on how to use electronic ILL request forms and basic OVID instruction.  Assist patrons on the phone and in person.
  • Student Supervision:  Provide initial training or follow up training as requested by Department Head.  Assist new employees in learning job tasks.  Assign tasks and monitor job performance.  Report student assistant issues to Circulation Head.
  • Shelving:  Sort and shelve books, journals, reserves, reference, media, indexes, and bindery material.  Collect and shelve materials left in photocopy room, study rooms, and on tables.  Route materials to Technical Services for repair, remarking, etc.  Perform shelf reading and stack maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salary:  11.54/hour.  This position is eligible for shift differential.

Shift:  Sunday – Thursday, 2pm – 11pm during the summer.  Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 1am, during the winter and spring semesters.

Minimum Qualifications:  A high school diploma and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong customer service skills.  Pleasant and professional demeanor. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully perform detailed work and effective time management, and prioritizing skills. Strong sense of organization and attention to detail.
  • Microsoft Office skills required.
  • Discretion and attention to issues of confidentiality.
  • Library experience desirable, but not required.
  • Ability to move wheeled book trucks weighing up to 50 pounds; shelve materials in alphanumeric order; work at a desk and/or in front of a computer screen for up to 8 hours a day; withstand some exposure to mold and dust; easily traverse stairways.

To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with Job ID 23085.  Please include a cover letter and resume with the electronic application.  Applications will be accepted through May 24, 2017.

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 fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 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: