Current Employment Opportunities

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Librarian and Archivist Academic Job Openings

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented Science Librarian to join our team in supporting the information and research needs of faculty and students in a highly interdisciplinary scientific research community.

About the Position:  The MU Libraries include libraries dedicated to health sciences, veterinary medicine, geology, engineering, mathematics, and journalism, as well as the central Ellis Library. The Science Librarian primarily works to support faculty, staff, and students in the science programs housed in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.  The librarian is expected to contribute to high quality service, instruction, and outreach by cultivating and sustaining effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and graduate students; developing and maintaining an understanding of research and teaching programs in assigned areas; designing and delivering appropriate instructional sessions, in person and online; managing collection budgets and projects in assigned areas; and keeping current with trends in e-science/e-research, open access initiatives, scholarly communication, and data management. 

As a member of the Ellis Library Reference Services Department, a team of 15 librarians within the Research and Information Services Division, the Science Librarian reports to the Head of Reference Services. She or he will also work closely with other science librarians in the branch libraries. All reference librarians contribute to general reference service and instruction.  All librarians participate in library and campus committees and other library strategic initiatives as an integral component of their responsibilities. The successful candidate must be committed to continuous professional development and demonstrate a strong desire to learn about issues and trends related to academic librarianship.  Everyone in the MU Libraries works together to nimbly respond to the ever-changing academic environment by creating and providing services and resources that best support the research, teaching, and service missions of the University.

Compensation:  Salary minimum is $40,000.  Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent. 
  • Strong commitment to public service, outreach, and teaching
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and to contribute positively to a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and embrace emerging library and campus-related software programs and technologies

Desired qualifications:

  • A degree or course work in agricultural sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences, or food sciences
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of scientists and the application of information technologies to serving this population, including data management
  • Demonstrated outreach experience in developing working partnerships with clientele and communities
  • Experience with providing general reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Experience with the development and delivery of discipline-specific instructional sessions using appropriate technologies

Application Materials:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php with job ID 12566.  Please submit a cover letter, the names of three references, and a resume. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application Deadline:  First review of applications will begin on March 31, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.


The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented Social Science Librarian to join our team in supporting the information and research needs of faculty and students in a highly interdisciplinary research community.

About the Position:  The Social Science Librarian supports faculty, staff, and students in three or more social science programs, contributing to high quality service, instruction, and outreach by cultivating and sustaining effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and graduate students; developing and maintaining an understanding of research and teaching programs in assigned areas; designing and delivering appropriate instructional sessions, in person and online; managing collection budgets and projects in assigned areas; and keeping current with trends in e-research, open access, scholarly communication, geographic information systems, and data services.

As a member of the Ellis Reference Services Department, a team of 15 librarians within the Research and Information Services Division, the Social Science Librarian reports to the Head of Reference Services.  All reference librarians contribute to general reference service and instruction.  All librarians participate in library and campus committees and other library strategic initiatives as an integral component of their responsibilities. The successful candidate must be committed to continuous professional development and demonstrate a strong desire to learn about issues and trends related to academic librarianship.  Everyone in the MU Libraries works together to nimbly respond to the ever-changing academic environment by creating and providing services and resources that best support the research, teaching, and service missions of the University.

Compensation:  Salary minimum is $40,000.  Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent. 
  • Strong commitment to public service, outreach, and teaching
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and to contribute positively to a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and embrace emerging library and campus-related software programs and technologies

Desired qualifications:

  • A degree or course work in social sciences disciplines, preferably in psychology, counseling, or social work
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of social scientists and the application of information technologies to serving this population, including data services
  • Demonstrated outreach experience in developing working partnerships with clientele and communities
  • Experience with providing general reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Experience with the development and delivery of discipline-specific instructional sessions using appropriate technologies

Application Materials:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php with job ID 12569.  Please submit a cover letter, the names of three references, and a resume. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application Deadline:  First review of applications will begin on March 31, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.


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. 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.

Staff Job Openings

The University of Missouri Library has an immediate opening for a Support System Administrator.  Reporting to the Manager, Information Technology, the SSA will supervise the work of Library Technology Services user support and programming teams. 

Specific duties include:

  • Support MU Library Systems, including the proxy server, web server, ILL server, electronic reserves server/system and non-affiliate patron authentication server.  As needed, respond to requests from Library employees, students, and other customers for various types of support activities, including end-user support, consulting, and problem resolution.
  • Supervise the work of LTS user support and programming teams.  Ensure staff coverage for MU Libraries (Ellis Library and branch libraries).  Identify skill/training gaps and provide on-the-job training.  Work with Manager, Information Technology to develop performance goals and complete performance evaluations.  Assist with hiring, discipline, terminations.
  • Evaluate hardware and software for the Libraries, including testing as needed, or coordinate the work of others toward this end.  Keep current with technology developments and recommend new technology as appropriate.
  • Establish relationships with Division of IT.  Represent the Libraries as needed on campus-wide IT committees.
  • Participate in short and long range planning for computing in the libraries, including the annual planning cycle.

Shift:  8-5

Minimum Qualifications               

In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates for all levels, consideration will be given to the extent and type of experience with various information technology functions and to the extent and type of pertinent education and formal training. At the time a job opening is posted the hiring department will specify required knowledge and skills pertaining to specific technologies/software/equipment.  Broad range of LAN and desktop knowledge skills (reference specifics posted by the hiring department).  Expansive knowledge of desktop/workstation hardware/software/operating systems (configuration and connectivity). Excellent technical knowledge and aptitude in the areas of networks, network topologies, network file servers, applicable software, and troubleshooting techniques.  Familiarity with systems administration and security principles. Familiarity with enterprise management technology for Windows and Macintosh platforms.  Familiarity with Active Directory and Exchange.  Familiarity with installation, maintenance and support of wireless technologies.  Practical knowledge writing in one or more programming languages for multi-use/multi-tasking environments.  Strong verbal and written communication skills sufficient to interact with a variety of users and other technical staff.  Strong customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications               

Recent experience in configuring, installing, upgrading, and troubleshooting Intel-based PCs. Recent experience administering Linux and Windows web servers, including Apache, IIS, MSSQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Apache Tomcat  services.   Experience with Microsoft Active Directory management. Ability to work productively within a team environment. Ability to plan and prioritize work and meet deadlines. Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work productively and cooperatively with staff from a variety of backgrounds and technical skill levels.  Good listening skills.  Ability to explain technical issues clearly.  Working knowledge of ASP, .Net, PHP, Perl,  XML, and  Java will increase success allowing communication with programming staff troubleshooting and communicating needs.

To Apply:  Please apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with job ID 12248.  An application and resume are required.

Application Deadline:  This position will accept applications through 4/28/2014.


The MU Libraries have an immediate opening for a Library Information Specialist II in the Digital Services Department.  This position is responsible for oversight of routine institutional repository work, including harvesting and metadata maintenance, and facilitating access to online resources through record loads, cataloging, and metadata enhancement in MOspace, MERLIN, and WorldCat. 

Specific job duties include: 

  • Oversee routine MOspace institutional repository work
  • Oversee institutional repository acquisitions work and institutional repository projects

    • Maintain institutional repository procedures
    • Act as point of contact for submission questions
    • Organize and monitor projects. 
    • Search MU and external websites for freely available scholarly works and check MOspace email account for submissions by authors
    • Perform global updating of metadata
    • Keep supervisor apprised of changes, opportunities, challenges, and problems
    • May manage digitization projects for digital objects to be added to the institutional repository
    • Works with others on system development and keeps supervisor apprised of issues and opportunities related to the institutional repository software.
  • Harvest scholarly resources for inclusion in the MOspace institutional repository

    • Confirm journal publisher copyright and self-archiving policies via Sherpa/Romeo database
    • Send and confirm return receipt of MOspace license for each self-submission
    • Use computer software to convert items to preferred format
    • Submit items to MOspace, ensuring compliance with established procedures, completeness and accuracy of information
  • Catalog MOspace institutional repository material

    • Provide access to library materials through descriptive metadata and subject analysis, following local and UM MERLIN Digital Projects Committee standards
  • Provide access to e-resources in the MU Libraries’ collections

    • Perform original and copy cataloging and bibliographic record enhancements in WorldCat and MERLIN
    • Oversee routine record loads and bibliographic record maintenance including batch editing of records before and after loads into MERLIN
    • Upload records to Summon
    • Create weekly new e-book list
    • Coordinate work with digital resources librarian
  • Miscellaneous Duties and Projects

    • Other institutional repository, cataloging, and project work as assigned
    • Oversee student assistant projects related to current assignments
    • Provide monthly statistical and activities reports
    • Prioritize, organize and manage workload in consultation with supervisor and team leaders
    • Contribute to the libraries overall mission of service by participating in committee work, forums, etc.
    • Keep current on work-related matters by reading, attending training, etc.

Hiring Range: 14.95

Shift:  40 hours/week M-F, specific hours to be determined between 7am-6pm.

Minimum Qualifications           

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary. One to two years experience in a library setting is necessary. The ability to type may be necessary depending upon the position available.     

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of work in library technical services
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, WorldCat Connexion, III Millennium software, MARCedit, WordPress, oXygen editing software
  • Experience writing procedures and reports
  • Knowledge of Resource Description and Access (RDA), NACO authority work, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Faceted Application of Subject Terms (FAST) Dublin Core, and MODS
  • Experience managing projects           

To Apply:  Please apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with job ID 12928.  An application and resume are required.

Application Deadline:  This position will accept applications through 5/1/2014.


The Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri–Columbia has an immediate opening for a Library Information Assistant to provide customer service and functional supervision of Circulation, Reserve, Photocopy and Shelving during evening and weekend hours.

Regular Job Duties Include:

  • MERLIN Circulation:  Perform check out, check in, return receipt, renewal, page, hold, modify hold, cancel hold, transfer holds, recall, and search, create and update item records, create and update patron records as needed. Clear Hold Shelf once a week using Circulation Holds Management and INN Reach functions.
  • MOBIUS:Insert missing barcodes in MOBIUS virtual records. Perform Visiting patron check outs.  Instruct patrons to self initiate requests, cancel requests, renew, view checked out items, and determine the status of their requests.
  • MERLIN and MOBIUS Catalogs:  Locate books, journals and other materials in the catalogs, using a variety of search strategies. Determine availability of electronic and/or print copies, status, location, and estimated date of journal arrival. Instruct patrons to search the catalog, use the Save in Folder function, create a patron account, self initiate requests, cancel requests and renew items.
  • Reserve Duties:  Locate reserve materials for patrons. Provide instruction on using electronic reserves, electronic journals and electronic books, and searching reserve lists in MERLIN.  Take requests from faculty for materials to be placed on reserve.  Monitor electronic reserves for copyright compliance. 
  • Patron Assistance and Instruction:  Answer directional and basic reference questions and refer patrons to proper sources when necessary.   Assist patrons in locating materials in the library. Explain policies.  Assist patrons in filling out forms for various services.  Provide instruction on how to use electronic ILL request forms and basic OVID instruction. Respond to complaints about noise, overdue, lost or damaged books and photocopy.  Assist patrons via the phone and forwards calls as needed. Screen applicants for library cards.
  • Other Circulation Duties:  Report problems such as bill and fine complaints, problem patrons and building problems to the Department Head. Report problems with the computers and printers to HSL computer support or Help Desk. Maintain statistical records. Send library materials back to the appropriate library. Perform opening and closing procedures for the Circulation Desk, Photocopy and the library. Copy and stock supplies and forms. Make reservations for viewing rooms. Conduct items searches and notify patrons. Clear book drops daily.
  • Photocopy Duties: Perform money handling, department charge, student charge, and cash register transactions, maintain the printer queue, refill paper, toners, and cartridges and register tape, fix paper jams, and close out the cash register.  Instruct patrons on how to make two sided copies, change tonality, and reduce and enlarge copies.
  • Shelving Duties:  Sort and shelve books, journals, reserves, reference, media, indexes and bindery materials.  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.  Maintain orderly appearance of the library.
  • Student supervision duties: Assign tasks and monitor job performance.  Provide initial student training as needed. Assist new employees in learning job tasks.  Provide Department Head with brief summary of student work performance as requested.  Report student worker problems promptly to Department Head.

Shift:  40 hours/week.  Typical schedule: Tu-Th 3pm-1am; F 1pm-6pm; Sa 10am-7pm.  Schedule is modified for holidays.  Occasional need to adjust schedule to assist with coverage needs or attend required meetings.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Six months of responsible office experience is necessary. Directly related education or training may be substituted for experience.
  • The ability to type may be necessary depending upon the position available.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Strong customer service skills. Demonstrate pleasant and professional demeanor. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to successfully perform detailed work. Effective organization, time management, and prioritizing skills. Discretion and attention to issues of confidentiality. Must be self motivated. Money handling 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.

Hiring Range: $11.30/hour

To Apply:  Please apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with job ID 12872.  An application and resume are required.

Application Deadline:  This position will accept applications through 4/25/2014.


Library Information Assistant, Job ID 12873:  This position is no longer accepting applications.