Research Librarian - Electronic Resource Management, B.D. Owens Library


Northwest--Maryville campus in Maryville, MO

Job Summary

PRIMARY DUTY:  The Research Librarian / Electronic Resource Management position is a highly collaborative and service-oriented position. The primary role of this position is to serve as the functional expert on the library’s software, systems, and e-resources, which are essential to user access and discovery. The successful candidate will understand and maintain the integration and interoperability of library systems with the campus network infrastructure to provide the campus community with high-quality, seamless, access to library resources. The librarian teaches in the information literacy curriculum, contributes to web services, serves as a liaison to academic departments and specifically online programs, and provides research service, which includes evening and weekend hours.

1.     Oversee Electronic Resource Management system and integration of electronic resources. Manage electronic resource access and maintenance throughout the life cycle and track developments of new and changing electronic services and resources. Serve as primary contact for staff training and for troubleshooting with vendors. Gather, analyze, and disseminate database statistics.

2.     Serve as liaison to several academic disciplines, specifically online programs, monitor collection development and collaborate with university colleagues on procurement of appropriate materials to support curriculum and research in those areas.

3.     Partner with co-workers and academic faculty to deliver general education and subject-specific academic research instruction in-person and online, utilizing course management software, responsive web development tools, and library course guides to create research content for the curriculum and online instructional materials supporting departmental mission and vision for academic achievement.

4.     Effectively assist patrons with their research needs through personalized face-to-face and virtual services.

5.     Serve on library, institutional, and consortia working groups as necessary.

6.     Take an active role in the planning of the library’s annual conference.

7.     Perform other duties as assigned


      Education: ALA accredited MLS/MLIS

      Experience: experience in an academic library setting; demonstrated experience in completing projects in a team environment

      Skills: Strong customer service, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; strong analytical abilities, ability to communicate and work well with students, faculty, staff, and vendor representatives; ability to learn to enter brief catalog records; ability to work in a team environment; ability to understand and implement policies and procedures; ability to recognize and edit discrepancies in detailed information.

WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will work within a library setting. Requires availability to work 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday with the possibility of additional hours as needed for special events. Must be able to move throughout the library to provide research assistance.   Must be able to move around the campus to deliver instruction to academic department courses in buildings across campus.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise student employees as needed

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical abilities include ability to lift/move up to 35 pounds manually or with the assistance of mechanical leverage, ability to traverse flights of stairs throughout the day, walking, standing, pushing, reaching, and grasping

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 110 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 8,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.


Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.


The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 98 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and nearly 100 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.


Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


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DATE AVAILABLE: April 1, 2023     


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.,