home Staff news New Circulation/Reserves Staff Hired!

New Circulation/Reserves Staff Hired!

Good news!  We have filled the two, new part-time positions in Circulation/Reserves!  As I mentioned in an earlier Snippets, we took the full-time position vacated by Carri Huff and turned it into two part-time positions.  We hope that the difficulties of working the late night and weekend shifts may be better absorbed by two part-time people. Each person will work 24 hours per week. Their specific hours will be determined after they begin. Our new staff members will be:

Greg Allendorf – who is a current Ph.D. student in Poetry at Mizzou.  He has been a TA in the English Department and has taught a number of courses over the years. His start day will be Tuesday, 12 March.

Alisa Pappas will start work the following week on Thursday, 21 March.  Alisa is currently a graduate student in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT). She has a son in elementary school and is currently working part-time at Daniel Boone Regional Library.  She wants to focus on academic libraries, so she was excited to turn in her resignation there to begin working here.

Many thanks again, to Eric, for stepping up and working the late shifts during Carri’s absence.  Thanks to Peter and Karen, as well, for working late on Fridays.

–Cindy Cotner


home Staff news Welcome to Seth Huber

Welcome to Seth Huber

Good afternoon,

I’m excited to announce that the new Technical Services Librarian in ACTS will be Seth Huber.  He is slated to start on May 1st.  Thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback on the process.  Hope you have a great evening,

Corrie Hutchinson

home Staff news Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity

The University Libraries have an immediate opening for a Project Facilities Coordinator in Library Administration.

Submit application, cover letter, and resume online at https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff with Job ID 29290 by March 4, 2019.




home Staff news Welcome to Rachel Alexander

Welcome to Rachel Alexander

I’m pleased to announce that Rachel Alexander will be our new Health Sciences Research Support Librarian.

She’ll be joining us on March 4.

Thanks to everyone who met with her, attended her presentation, and assisted with the interview and hiring process.

  • Diane Johnson, on behalf of the search committee

Deb Ward
Caryn Scoville
Katy Emerson
Kate Anderson
Janice Dysart

home Staff news Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The University of Missouri Libraries Depository has an immediate opening for a 0.5 FTE Library Information Assistant at the remote storage facility located near the Midway exit (Exit 121) on I-70.

Apply online at: https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff with Job ID 29174.

The University of Missouri Libraries have two immediate openings for a Library Information Assistant in Ellis Library Access Services-Circulation/Reserve. These positions routinely work 24 hours per week, primarily assigned evening and weekend shifts, but could also be assigned daytime shifts.

Apply online at: https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff with Job ID 29183.

home Staff news Welcome to Nicole Whyte

Welcome to Nicole Whyte

I am very pleased to announce that Nicole Whyte has accepted an offer to transfer to the Libraries as the Human Resources Assistant, effective Feb 10. Since September 2018, she has been faithfully serving the Libraries in this role on assignment from SOS Temporary Staffing and has become an integral part of the Libraries’ human resources team. Thanks to everyone for working patiently with Nicole and me during this HR team transition period. Please take a moment to officially welcome her to the University Libraries!

Please direct all payroll, student employment, student budget, graduate student appointment, FMLA tracking, and library committee assignment business to Nicole. Please continue to direct all other HR-related business to me.

–Kathy Peters

home Staff news Inclement Weather – Campus Closure Policies

Inclement Weather – Campus Closure Policies

In anticipation of winter weather and in preparation for any other campus emergencies, the UM Human Resources Policy Manual HR217 outlines campus closure and pay procedures for University of Missouri. These policies permit two types of campus closures: full closure or partial closure.

The policy can be accessed by following the below links:


As a major research campus that has extensive 24/7 operations, MU will not typically close. Should the Chancellor designate a partial campus closure (e.g., classes are cancelled but many operations remain open), the following pay procedures for staff employees will apply:

  • Employees who do not report to work may cover the absence(s) with paid time off (vacation or personal days) as appropriate.
  • Employees who are able to report to work will receive straight pay. Employees arriving late may use paid time off for the tardiness/absence (lost work time), request a flexible work schedule (if available) or request leave without pay, all with supervisory approval.

While unlikely, a full campus closure could occur in the event of a major disaster or other catastrophic event and the campus would be closed, classes cancelled and administrative and academic operations suspended. Certain continuous operations would be maintained even in the event of a full campus closure. Employees (except those deemed situationally critical) would be directed not to report to work. In the event of a full campus closure the following pay procedures will apply:

  • Regular employees who are not required to report to work will receive regular pay for up to five days with no reduction to the employee’s paid time off balances. If the closure continues for more than five days, employees could choose to cover the time off with vacation, personal days or sick leave, as appropriate, based on the situation causing the closure.
  • Regular non-exempt employees (i.e., hourly paid) who are required to report to work during a full campus closure will receive time and a half for all hours actually worked.

Because of the nature of our campus and the need to maintain critical 24/7 operations, the MU campus would designate a full closure only in extreme circumstances.

 Departments should designate those positions considered situationally critical and inform employees in advance, if possible, in preparation for a partial or full campus closure. The designation of situationally critical may differ based on the nature of the situation.

 The above policies do not apply to staff at MU Health Care.


home Staff news Winter Break Reduced Operations Q & A

Winter Break Reduced Operations Q & A

To efficiently and consistently implement the Winter Break Reduced Operations policy, we have developed a Q&A that we hope you will find helpful. Below are links to both the HR policy and the Q&As.

Additionally, for employees who are in benefit-eligible non-exempt academic positions, we have been provided President approval to provide administrative leave during the same period.



home Staff news Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri Libraries have an immediate opening for a Research Support Librarian.

Working with health sciences research teams at all stages of the research cycle, this individual provides literature reviews; assists with discovery, management, archiving, and visualization of research data; assists investigators in locating publishing venues that will provide the highest possible impact and visibility for their work; tracks research impact after publication through article level metrics; consults on posters and publications, and helps plan open access strategies for the dissemination of research outputs.

Responsibilities and duties: 

Working with health sciences research teams at all stages of the research cycle from proposal development to publication and beyond, including:

  • Meeting with researchers to assess their information needs; designing customized services to support their work; and tracking the impact of the services provided
  • Providing literature reviews and reference services to support the research enterprise
  • Assisting with discovery, management, archiving, and visualization of research data
  • Assisting investigators with the creation and execution of data management plans to meet the requirements of funding organizations
  • Assisting investigators in locating publishing venues that will provide the highest possible impact and visibility for their work
  • Tracking research impact after publication through article level metrics
  • Developing new connections and building relationships to identify researchers and research team needs
  • Conducting Animal Welfare Act searches for investigators in the academic health sciences center
  • Consulting on posters and publications
  • Helping to plan open access strategies for the dissemination of research outputs for  maximum visibility

This position will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian, according to the qualifications of the final candidate. For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in Library/Information Science, or its equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies.
  • Experience interacting with the public in a customer service or helpdesk environment, either in person or virtual.
  • Training or proficiency in two or more bibliographic and citation databases, including PubMed, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, Web of Science, and Google Scholar.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships to advance the goals of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously and effectively manage several complex projects.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience providing instructional or reference services including the creation of online tutorials, surveys, or guides.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a science-oriented academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more  of the following areas: data management services, research impact services, open access compliance, conducting systematic review searches, Animal Welfare Act compliance searches, instructional design & tutorial development
  • Familiarity or training in topics related to data analysis or data visualization
  • Familiarity with journal and article metrics
  • Experience with EndNote or Zotero
  • Professional experience in a health care/biomedical environment
  • Experience or familiarity with research and academic publishing
  • Familiarity with the principles of evidence-based medicine

To Apply:  Apply online at https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic with Job ID 28490.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required.  Preference for applications received by December 15, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Other Information: 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.

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.    The Health Sciences Library is one of 7 regional libraries in the Midcontinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

In the recently released strategic plan, Flagship for the Future, The University of Missouri set ambitious goals for enhancing its research enterprise, including opening a Translational Precision Medicine Center in 2021, developing a comprehensive research growth plan for the academic medical center, and  doubling research and industry funding  and recruiting 300 new research faculty campuswide by 2023.

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 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 is 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 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.

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 $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 MU Libraries, the University, and Columbia, please visit the following:

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.

Diversity Commitment: 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

home Staff news Retirement Announcement for Rich Rexroat

Retirement Announcement for Rich Rexroat

I’m writing to ensure that everyone is aware that Rich Rexroat, Assistant Director for Technical Services and Circulation at HSL, will retire at the end of November. Rich has worked for the Libraries since 1979, and he has made many positive contributions to the Health Sciences Library.

Ann and I have been talking about the staffing needs of the Health Sciences Library over time, and we have believed during all of this time that we have a desperate need for a research-focused librarian who can provide support for our research faculty and students. It is a tough call, when there are so many needs everywhere, but this gap in our staffing is glaring. Therefore, we will be seeking a public services librarian for the vacant position instead of a technical services librarian. The person in the new position, which we hope to post as a Research Support Librarian, will report to Diane Johnson.

Beginning in December, Amanda Sprochi will continue to work with Corrie Hutchinson to help cover cataloging needs across the library system. She will continue to work at the HSL, and report to me regarding the HSL collection. Terri Hall will once again report to me as she did for many years, since we already work closely on our most difficult issues. Diane Johnson will continue to take care of collection development, which she has done since Shelley Worden retired. Renita Richmond will continue to report to Amanda, assisting in technical services, with no substantive change in her duties.

Rich has asked that we not have a system-wide retirement event for him. He prefers a low-key approach to his big day. We are honoring his wishes, and I hope that you will send him a note or give him a call as you would like.

Deborah Ward