Job Opportunity: Research and Instruction Librarian/Archivist, University of Missouri

The University of Missouri Libraries seek a librarian or archivist to join our dynamic and creative public services team in Special Collections. The Research and Instruction Librarian/Archivist for Special Collections will collaborate with teaching faculty, librarians, and students to provide innovative instruction and research services with rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other documents.

The Special Collections department at the University of Missouri Libraries is an active partner in research and student-centered learning. The collections number around 100,000 items and include rare books, medieval and modern manuscripts, comics, photographs, audiovisual materials, and artifacts. Our busy program of instruction generally reaches around 120-150 class sessions and over 2,000 students across a wide range of disciplines each academic year. We seek an enthusiastic and energetic colleague who will function as an integral member of a small team providing researcher support and instructional services.

Essential Duties

  • Develops and conducts instruction sessions using Special Collections resources for a diverse community and student body, working across a range of arts and humanities disciplines.
  • Works with faculty and instructors to create instructional materials such as handouts, LibGuides, assignments, and lesson plans to integrate Special Collections materials into the curriculum.
  • Assesses and adjusts instruction strategies and techniques based on learning objectives, student outcomes, and faculty feedback.
  • Provides reference services in the Special Collections reading room, online, and by telephone, and staffs the reading room 6-12 hours per week.
  • Plans and conducts outreach activities for the campus, local community, and the state of Missouri, in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Collaborates with colleagues on collection development decisions for rare books and manuscripts in order to support the curriculum and research needs of the university and surrounding community.
  • Curates and contributes to exhibitions (online and physical) and social media.
  • Engages in scholarship and professional service, including library and campus committees and participation in local and national professional organizations.
  • Contributes to cataloging and processing projects to enhance access to Special Collections materials.
  • May supervise staff, student employees, and/or interns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Salary and librarian rank will be commensurate with experience. Negotiable from $47,476.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An MLS from an ALA-accredited program in library science is required for appointment as a Librarian I. For appointment as an Archivist I, a master’s degree in a subject area directly relevant to the position with a minimum of 6 hours of credit in courses concentrating on research methodology or archival administration is required.
  • Minimum of one year of experience providing instruction in a special collections library or archives, an academic library, or another higher education setting. Pre-MLS experience may be included.
  • Broad knowledge of book history, archival theory and practice, and current or emerging trends in special collections and archives.
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the classroom and the workplace.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Reading knowledge of one or more of the following languages is strongly preferred: Chinese, Japanese, German, or Russian.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of active learning and best practices related to teaching with primary source materials.
  • Experience working with map collections and/or demonstrated knowledge of the history of cartography.
  • Experience with outreach activities such as social media, community events, K-12 instruction, etc.
  • Familiarity with archival arrangement and description and/or rare book cataloging.

To Apply

Apply online at with Job ID 30231. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application. Preference for applications received by July 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University Libraries are an open, active, and accessible learning environment, a hub for global information, and a secure repository for scholarship. We value freedom of access, diversity and inclusion, service to our community and state, and responsible stewardship. We seek candidates who share these values, who are active leaders engaged in the pursuit and discovery of knowledge and the advancement of education, and whose work will reflect a strong commitment to advance the teaching, research, and services programs of an engaged public University.

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