Library Specialist SR -- University of Missouri -- Columbia, MO


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The position closes on 11/22/2021.

Hiring Department - Journalism Library

Job Description
Perform a wide variety of more complex library functions including but not limited to reference and special projects. Hire, train, schedule and supervise student assistants of the Journalism Library.

Key Duties
Supervise Student Assistants:

  • Interview, hire, train, schedule, supervise and perform performance evaluations for 4-5 student assistants each semester.
  • Monitor journalism library biweekly student budget allocations.
  • Designate work assignments and oversee progress of student employees.

Circulation, Reserve and Interlibrary Loan:

  • Serve as a backup for other Journalism Library staff and perform those duties on a daily basis in their absence. This includes knowledge of library management systems and circulation functions.
  • Assist with the circulation desk, verify and retrieve Merlin/Inn-Reach requests, Interlibrary Loan requests and document delivery promptly. Use online resources to assist patrons with interlibrary loan verification and other ILL problems and questions.
  • Assist with keeping the equipment cleaned, charged and in order. Troubleshoot and assist patrons with technology issues.
  • Create lists of overdue/billed equipment and; replaceable billed items and collection maintenance.

Technical Services and Collection Maintenance:

  • Responsible for serials and newspaper subscriptions received at the Journalism library, including check-in, claiming, replacing and binding serials.
  • Journalism School content management – syllabi. Collect faculty and graduate student’s syllabi each semester. Keep records for Journalism School accreditation and to check content for various University requirements.
  • Process and add all new M.A. projects to MOSpace. Update Excel list for Digital Services and Journalism Library records.
  • Monitor humidity, temperature and light in the library. Download HOBO data monthly.

Gifts: Assist the Librarian with gifts donated to the Journalism library.

Miscellaneous Duties:

  • Library Liaison to Reynolds Journalism Institute building coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Nature of Work:

  • Performs technical, public service and administrative duties within a library setting. Responsibilities include cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, reserve, reference, instruction and interlibrary loan.
  • Possesses a broad understanding of the job
  • Understands how the team integrates with others to accomplish team objectives
  • Oversees and performs very complex tasks in the area(s) of cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, reserve, reference and instruction
  • Sets own priorities in accordance with team needs
  • Impacts the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of the team
  • Exchanges ideas and information effectively with others inside and outside of own team; uses tact and diplomacy when dealing with others
  • Uses extensive knowledge of library databases and reference systems to inventory and organize important materials


  • $15.29 - $20.95 per hour
  • GGS: 7
  • University Title: Senior Library Information Specialist
  • Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

40 hours per week (1.0 FTE). Shift is primarily Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three or more years of library experience or equivalency
  • Knowledge of specialized library techniques and principles
  • Research and organizational skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent customer service
  • Knowledge of various software, hardware and multimedia equipment
  • Self-motivated
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to deal with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to motivate and guide team

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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