Current Employment Opportunities

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Librarian and Archivist Academic Job Openings


User Engagement Librarian

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented librarian to join our team in developing and providing library services that support student engagement and learning.  Reporting to the Head of User Engagement, the User Engagement Librarian will work collaboratively with colleagues in Ellis Library to implement and expand student-oriented initiatives, with particular attention to supporting the needs of first-year and other lower division undergraduate students.

Responsibilities include the provision of high quality reference services, including service at a reference desk and chat reference responsibilities; support for lower division instruction and outreach, including involvement with programs and events that support recruitment and academic preparedness for new students; collaboration with University student services, such as the Student Success Center, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Division of Student Life.  The User Engagement Librarian will work with others in the MU Libraries to assess student needs and to improve or design services based on those needs.  The User Engagement Librarian will serve as a subject specialist librarian for one or more departments.  All librarians are encouraged to participate actively on library and university-wide committees, task forces, and working groups. This position will provide an excellent opportunity to explore a variety of directions for professional growth and development. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information sciences or an international 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
  • Commitment to using assessment tools for evidence-based decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and embrace emerging library and campus-related software programs and technologies
  • Interest in developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, and workshops
  • Technology skills, including but not limited to proficiency with basic office software such as Word and Excel; experience using Web editing software; and experience using a variety of current social media tools
  • Ability to learn and adapt to changes in technology easily

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated outreach experience in an academic setting
  • Experience with providing general reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues faced by first generation, non-traditional, and/or underrepresented student populations
  • Experience with marketing and outreach to student populations
  • Experience creating charts and graphs in Excel
  • Experience writing basic HTML code
  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience creating & maintaining LibGuides

This position will be hired at a rank of Librarian I.  All entry-level librarians must qualify for promotion from Librarian I to Librarian II by the 5th anniversary of their start date.  Please refer to pages 12-16 of the MU Libraries’ academic Governance Document for additional information  http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf

Compensation: Minimum salary $40,000

Benefits:  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 Total Rewards website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php/Job ID 16077.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Preference for applications received by May 3, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Special Collections Librarian

The University of Missouri Libraries is seeking qualified applicants for an entry level position, Librarian I, in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department of the (SCARAB) Division. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Special Collections Librarian is responsible for:  

  • making presentations to classes and tour groups
  • providing reference service to patrons, and supporting day to day operations
  • taking primary responsibility for microform  and other non-print collections development, management, and maintenance
  • interacting with faculty and departments to meet their instructional needs
  • collaborating in the design, revision, and update of the Special Collections website
  • developing new instructional programs to engage new audiences from all educational levels, and increasing support for the integration of Special Collections into students’ curricula
  • initiating new ways to engage students and faculty with primary source materials
  • participating in outreach and social media activities

Qualifications:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.  Demonstrated ability to work productively and collaboratively with colleagues and associates is essential.  Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to build relationships and work effectively with faculty, students, and donors. Commitment to public service and expanded access to the collections is essential.

Preference will be given to candidates with the strongest combination of these additional qualifications:  An additional graduate degree or additional graduate work in a relevant and appropriate subject area.  Work experience and/or course work in the area of rare books, special collections. Knowledge of preservation practices is highly desirable.  Reading knowledge of one or more classical or modern languages in addition to English is a plus as well as knowledge of exhibit development and exhibition practices for collections.  Understanding of the role of digital technology in special collections and knowledge of current library technology and web-based applications. Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with current best practices for library instruction.

This position will be hired at a rank of Librarian I.  All entry-level librarians must qualify for promotion from Librarian I to Librarian II by the 5th anniversary of their start date.  Please refer to pages 12-16 of the MU Libraries’ academic Governance Document for additional information  http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf

Compensation: Minimum salary $40,000

Benefits:  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 Total Rewards website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php/Job ID 16070.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Preference for applications received by May 3, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About Special Collections and Rare Books:  For more information on the Special Collections and Rare Books Department, please visit http://library.missouri.edu/specialcollections/.


Information Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library

The University of Missouri has an immediate opening for an Information Services Librarian within the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library.  Principal duties include: providing reference services, literature searching, user education, and personal file management consultation at the Health Sciences Library;   coordinating and scheduling information desk and virtual reference services; training and supervision of Graduate Library Assistants; serving as liaison to the hospital, providing leadership on library participation in local health care quality improvement initiatives; and coordinating the practicum program for the library.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters' degree from an ALA accredited program, including coursework in health sciences librarianship or experience in a health sciences library.
  • Commitment to outstanding customer service. Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a marked ability to communicate with many diverse groups of people. Ability to work in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in searching Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus; experience with EndNote &/or other personal file management programs.
  • Library service desk experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience or training in quality improvement tools.
  • Experience/familiarity with principles of evidence-based health care.
  • Training or experience in creating LibGuides. 

This position will be hired at a rank of Librarian I or Librarian II.  All entry-level librarians must qualify for promotion from Librarian I to Librarian II by the 5th anniversary of their start date.  Please refer to pages 12-16 of the MU Libraries’ academic Governance Document for additional information  http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf

Compensation:  Annual beginning salary of $45,000.

Benefits:  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 Total Rewards website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php/Job ID 15830.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Preference for applications received by April 10, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the library and the health system:  The J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library serves the University of Missouri Health System, a comprehensive academic health center that includes MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, MU School of Health Professions, and MU Health Care, with a workforce of over 8000 people.  

MU Health Care consistently receives recognition as a leader in providing high-quality health care services. In 2014, MU Health Care was ranked among the top hospitals in the state by U.S. News and World Report, and eight adult specialties were recognized as “high performing”.

The Health Sciences Library is one of 7 regional libraries in the Midcontinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. It is part of a campus library system known collectively as MU Libraries. The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

For more information on the Health Sciences Library and MU Health Care, please visit the following:


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:

Staff Job Openings

The MU Libraries has an immediate opening for a Library Specialist in Circulation/Reserve.  The position will functionally supervise Circulation/Reserve during daytime and occasional evening/weekend hours, serve as a resource for access services inquiries and respond to reference questions when reference librarians are not on duty, process incoming Reserve Lists and materials for faculty members and discharge those materials upon the end of the semester.

Regular duties include:

  • Serve at the Circulation/Reserve desks during daytime and occasional evening hours.
  • Retrieve and process materials in Reserve.
  • Discharge materials so they are ready to be returned to the general library stacks or to the owner of the material.
  • Provide public service assistance such as providing directional information and responding to reference questions from patrons. Inform patrons of basic circulation policy. In the absence of Unit Head, determine if patrons are eligible for services and arrange for and authorize circulation exceptions to meet special needs of patrons when reference librarians are not on duty.
  • Monitor electronic reserve lists for copyright compliance.
  • Communicate with faculty, subject librarians, or other appropriate staff about Reserve issues.
  • Check out and discharge laptops and other reserve equipment; charge batteries, orient new users to reserve equipment policies.
  • Process items which have been returned with damage. Fill out paperwork for items damaged by patrons and send to Preservation Unit. Maintain a record of items being assessed by Preservation.
  • Keep and compile monthly departmental statistics and providing them to the Department Head.

 This position is critical to Library operations, and will be required to come to work when campus is closed for inclement weather.

Salary:  $12.98-13.50

Shift:  40 hours/week, generally Tuesday – Thursday, 9am-6pm and Friday – Saturday, 11am-8pm.   This position acts as back up for evening and weekend hours as needed.  Generally, evening hours are 3pm-midnight, but may occasionally be 5pm-2am.

Minimum Qualifications:  A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.  Minimum of two years related experience is necessary.  Keyboarding skills may be necessary depending upon the position available.

Preferred Qualifications:  Must be able to work with minimal supervision and meet speed and accuracy goals. Must have an exemplary user services attitude and the ability to make decisions relating to service based upon the situation. Must be able to supervise student assistants while simultaneously providing direct service to patrons.  Must be able to remain calm and make appropriate decisions during times of stress.  Good listening skills and the ability to explain issues clearly and work to satisfactory resolution of problems required.  Outstanding communication skills required.  Excellent telephone and interpersonal skills.  Prior library experience required.

Must be able to work some evenings and weekend shifts as well as daytime hours.  Must be able to report to work even if the campus is closed for inclement weather.

Some physical stamina required, involving moving materials on book trucks weighing up to 100 pounds for short distances. Must be able to stand and move about several hours per day and stand on ladders and footstools as needed. Must be able to read call numbers on books located on ground level and up to nine feet in height with the use of ladders and step stools. Lighting may be diminished in some places.

Benefits:  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.

To Apply:  Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with Job ID 16152.  Application and resume are required.  Applications will be accepted through April 20, 2015.