Associate University Librarian for Acquisitions, Collections, and Technical Services


University of Missouri Libraries

Job Summary

The University of Missouri Libraries (MU Libraries) invites applications for the full-time, NTT position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Acquisitions, Collections, and Technical Services (ACTS). Reporting to the Vice Provost for Libraries, this position provides leadership for technical services functions, the offsite print storage facility, and consortial resources in an academic research library. The AUL contributes to the strategic development of local, regional, and national strategies in preservation, digitization, and access; and supports coordination of relevant licensing and collection management strategies for the University’s system campus libraries. The AUL for ACTS is the manager of personnel in the ACTS division, in alignment with university personnel policies.


The AUL administers the ACTS division is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, managing, and preserving materials for the MU Libraries’ collections. The individual in this position operates in a highly interrelated and collaborative environment and works across the libraries to coordinate cross-unit planning and implementation of strategic initiatives. The AUL represents the organization in relevant consortial and collaborative venues to develop collective, multi-institutional strategy for shared collections access.

The AUL provides leadership in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating technical services within the context of library goals and objectives. The AUL is a member of the Libraries’ senior-level team that guides library-wide planning, operations and policy; serves on committees; and participates in relevant fundraising events. The AUL chairs or recommends the chair of the Collections Steering Committee, which selects vendor products, monitors the acquisitions budget, and provides collections-related reports.

The AUL works with library managers and supervisors to establish departmental goals and objectives, and has responsibility for the overall planning, acquisition and organization of information resources, fiscal accounting for collections acquisitions, oversight of the off-site storage facility, personnel management, and the over-all success of the ACTS division. The AUL works to ensure continuous improvement of technical services operations to meet the challenge of community expectations in a complex and evolving information environment. The AUL represents ACTS to internal and external customers using strong interpersonal skills and a positive, proactive approach.                   


               •       MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.

               •       Minimum of six years of experience in the technical aspects of libraries.


Candidates will be evaluated on:

               •       Proven skills in the application of technology to enhance effectiveness in technical services operations.

               •       Demonstrated skills in effective communication, management, and problem-solving.

               •       Ability to work with people in a collegial, consultative, collaborative team environment.

               •       Demonstrated leadership of a diverse staff and successful skills in interpersonal working relationships.

               •       Strong communication, supervisory, management, and problem-solving skills. Strong user-centered focus that includes the ability to mentor staff in its principles.

               •       A record of active involvement in professional activities.

               •       Successful management of a major technical services or computer services unit.

               •       Experience with issues and practices in information technology as it applies broadly in academic libraries.

               •       Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in scholarly publishing and bibliographic control.

               •       Flexibility and openness to change.

               •       Commitment to fostering the growth and development of others.


Salary and librarian rank will be commensurate with experience.

  • Librarian III, negotiable from $64,000
  • Librarian IV, negotiable from $74,000

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:

Application Materials

Apply online at with Job ID 45050. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application. Application review begins January 31, 2023, but will accept applications until position is filled.

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.

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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.

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.


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