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Special Collections Librarian
University of Missouri – Kansas City

Comprehensive research university library at America’s creative crossroads in an affordable and vibrant city seeks candidates with energy, creativity, flexibility, and strong commitment to public services for the position of Special Collections Librarian in the UMKC University Libraries.

The Special Collections Librarian implements major components of the UMKC University Libraries strategic plan to embed Special Collections into student and faculty success. This position has primary responsibility for:

  • Providing reference service for all types of users of LaBudde Special Collections;
  • Initiating or supplying library instruction to support the UMKC curriculum;
  • Processing incoming manuscript collections;
  • Managing the daily operation of the LaBudde Special Collections service desk, including supervision of two staff and additional student assistant positions;
  • Pursuing personal professional development and contribute to the profession.

The position reports to the Assistant Dean of Special Collections and Archives, and will join a unit that encompasses LaBudde Special Collections, the Marr Sound Archives, the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, Digital Special Collections, and UMKC University Archives.

UMKC exemplifies the values of education first, innovation, accountability, diversity, and collaboration. UMKC holds a firm commitment to engage and lead the larger community in a variety of ways appropriate to its status as a forward-thinking cultural, intellectual and educational center. The UMKC University Libraries are in the midst of several facility upgrades that will enhance student learning with collaborative learning spaces and innovative technologies.

Minimum qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in Archives.
  • Experience working in special collections and/or archives.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing practices, understanding of archival standards including DACS and EAD, and awareness of national issues and trends in archives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively and productively with diverse constituencies in a dynamic environment.
  • Evidenced ability to work in a collegial fashion with undergraduate, professional and graduate students, faculty, researchers, alumni and community members.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based, service-oriented environment.
  • Evidence of professional initiative, mature judgment.
  • Excellent oral, written, planning, and interpersonal skills.
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Kansas City history
  • High density automated storage and retrieval system experience
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Exhibit curation, fabrication, and/or installation experience

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience and excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Instructions: Application materials must be submitted online at Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae and a list of references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Applications received by February 27, 2017 will receive priority consideration.

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

You may address your cover letter to: Stuart Hinds, Chair of Search Committee. For inquiries, please contact 816-235-1531 or

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.


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