Research and Instructional Services Librarians (Multiple Positions: Arts & Humanities, Agriculture, Life Sciences)


University of Missouri Libraries

Job Summary

We seek multiple engaged and innovative librarians to join our team in providing general and specialized services in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and creativity. Reporting to the Head of Research and Information Services, these librarians will provide outreach and discipline-specific services in either the arts & humanities or the sciences based on the candidate’s experience, background, and interests, as well as the needs of the organization. The Librarian will build strong relationships with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and with colleagues across the institution; collaborate with faculty to develop high quality collections; encourage and facilitate the use of library and information resources; provide instruction, reference and research consultations, both in person and online; and foster a supportive environment that encourages inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity. We especially seek candidates interested in music, fine and performing arts, digital storytelling, film studies, agriculture, or life sciences.  Entry level and experienced librarians are encouraged to apply. Training and mentorship will be provided.

Description of Duties

  1. Engages in library liaison activities with assigned academic disciplines in the humanities or the sciences.
  • Serves as a proactive ambassador to highlight Libraries’ services, resources, and partnerships to meet student and faculty needs.
  • Keeps abreast of trends and developments in information resources, scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and OER, especially in assigned disciplines.
  • Supports research output visibility and research impact.
  1. Provides the entire range of in-person and online reference and research support services (some evening and weekend hours required), providing high quality and timely services.
  • Provides research support to students and faculty in assigned disciplines, and general research support as needed.
  • Participates in the planning and delivery of team-based virtual research services (i.e., chat, text, email, and telephone).
  • Collaborates in the design, implementation, and maintenance of relevant online tools and services in order to integrate library services and resources into the workflow of teaching, learning, and research.
  1. Provides instruction/information literacy services.
  • Plans, coordinates, and delivers in-person and online library instruction that is inclusive and incorporates active learning and assessment.
  • Develops and maintains online guides and digital learning objects to support courses and disciplinary research.
  • Contributes, as needed, to teaching general and interdisciplinary instruction.
  1. Contributes to building and managing collections that are diverse, forward-looking, and that meet the research and curricular needs of assigned departments.
  • Communicates regularly with faculty regarding collection priorities, needs, and access.
  • Maintains familiarity with publishing and research trends.
  • Manages budget allocations and expenditures and monitors usage patterns.
  1. Actively engages in networking, professional development, and other scholarly activities.
  • Contributes to and learns from the profession through local, state, and national professional organizations, presentations, and publications.
  • Identifies and integrates best practices in service, teaching and learning, and scholarly activity.
  1. Advances the Libraries’ and University’s mission through service.
  • Participates in committees and task forces within the Libraries, University, and the profession.
  • Maintains professional collaborations with other campus constituencies, consortia colleagues, and community organizations.
  1. Works with colleagues to create a learning and working environment that is inclusive and welcoming and that supports the University's diverse community.
  2. Performs other related duties as assigned.



Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA.

Candidates will also be evaluated on the following:

  • Strong commitment to user-centered library service.
  • Education, experience, and/or strong, demonstrated interest in providing research support in either the arts & humanities or the sciences. We especially seek interest in music, fine and performing arts, digital storytelling, film studies, agriculture, or the life sciences. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, and complete projects.
  • Positive, proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Commitment to fostering an environment of equity, inclusion, diversity, and access.
  • Library instruction and reference experience in a variety of modalities.
  • Interest in and aptitude for exploring new technologies and innovations supporting teaching and research.
  • Interest in or familiarity with collection development.
  • Desire to seek out new responsibilities, generate new ideas, and pursue self-development.

Application Materials

Apply online at with Job ID 44549. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application. Preference for applications received by December 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Salary and librarian rank will be commensurate with experience.

Librarian I, negotiable from $51,500

Librarian II, negotiable from $56,500

Librarian III, negotiable from $64,000

This position holds non-tenure track faculty status (NTT) and will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian or Archivist. For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at:

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

The University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou) was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, MU’s 31,000+ students represent every Missouri county, all 50 states and 100 countries. As the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300-degree programs, including 89 online options, through 12 colleges and schools and is one of only six public universities nationwide that has a school of medicine, veterinary medicine college, and a law school. The MU Office of Extension & Engagement extends the benefits of MU research to Missouri’s citizens in all 114 counties in Missouri.

Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, MU is the only public institution in Missouri to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The University of Missouri Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Center for Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:

University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Missouri Libraries

Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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

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.

The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer