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Head of Learning and Research Support
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 Head of Learning and Research Support in the UMKC University Libraries.

The Head of Learning and Research Support (LRS) in the Miller Nichols Library (MNL) provides leadership and direction for library and information literacy instruction and has primary responsibility for:

  • The planning, promotion, development, delivery, and assessment of information literacy instruction
  • The library liaison program for the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Biological Sciences, Computing and Engineering, Education, Management; and the University College
  • Coordinating the MNL research service desk
  • Supervising seven librarians in the Learning and Research Support department, which also includes several graduate level student assistants.
  • Collaborating closely with colleagues and faculty to achieve and assess information literacy learning outcomes.
  • Serving as liaison for a designated subject area and assumes primary responsibility related to this subject area, including library instruction, specialized research service, and collection development.
  • As part of the Public Services Division and its Leadership Team, promoting the development and evaluation of division programs and policies in support of the UMKC and University Libraries missions.

The position reports to the Director of Public Services.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 Miller Nichols Library is in the midst of expansion and renovation that will enhance student learning with collaborative learning spaces and innovative technologies.

Minimum Requirements:

  • ALA accredited Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS, MSLS, MLIS, etc.)
  • 5 years of successful and progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library;
  • Experience planning, designing, implementing, assessing and enhancing information literacy initiatives;
  • Evidence of excellent leadership skills and strong vision for the future of public services;
  • Excellent oral, written, planning, and interpersonal skills;
  • Successful managerial, supervisory, and/or mentorship experience;
  • Ability to work positively and productively with diverse constituencies in a dynamic environment;
  • Understanding of undergraduate student needs and learning styles;
  • Understanding of the needs of scholars and familiarity with the scholarly research environment;
  • Demonstrated computer and technology literacy skills;
  • Knowledge of one or more online Content Management or Learning Management systems;
  • Understanding of trends in academic libraries;
  • Ability to work in a collegial fashion with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, alumni and community members;
  • Evidence of professional initiative and mature judgment;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track faculty appointment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional graduate or professional degree;
  • Experience with project management, including planning, communication, and assessment;
  • Experience in an urban, academic environment.

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 3 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 March 27, 2015 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: Cindy Thompson, Chair of Search Committee. For inquiries, please contact 816-235-1531 or


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.  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.   


All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning employment.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current visa and residency status.

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  University of Missouri–Kansas City Miller Nichols Library
  Position Available


15-28 hours/week
Scheduled hours will primarily fall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays but will vary, some evenings and weekends are expected.



  • Answers reference questions at the service desk and through chat, email and text.
  • Assists with Public Services Department projects as needed.
  • Plans and teaches information literacy instruction sessions, primarily general education classes and high school dual-credit classes. Instruction training will be provided.  
  • Other library duties as assigned.


  • Enrolled for Summer or Fall semester 2015 as a graduate student in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) in Library Science at the University of Missouri.
  • Service-oriented; willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Dependable, mature, flexible.
  • Good oral/written communication skills; highly comfortable with public speaking.
  • Self-starter.
  • Works well in team environment.
  • High comfort level using computer and web applications; ability to quickly learn new software and programs.

View the full job description here.


Submit the following items in PDF format via email to Jessica Williams, Information Literacy Librarian (williamsjessi at umkc dot edu)

  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • List of any SISLT courses taken or enrolled in for spring semester
  • Names and contact information for two professional references