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Information Literacy Fellow
University of Missouri - Kansas City - Volker Campus


The Learning & Research Support team at Miller Nichols Library is delighted to offer Fellowships to a second cohort of library science graduate students or recent graduates. We seek a creative, curious, motivated individual who is new to librarianship and looks forward to developing a leading-edge skill set in academic public services, teaching, and e-learning. The Fellowships are situated in the main library at a mid-sized university in the heart of Kansas City’s vibrant, socially-conscious, entrepreneurial community and are a perfect place to accrue an impressive breadth and depth of experience for your resume. Fellows will receive training for all job duties including teaching at the college level, instructional pedagogy, e-learning technologies, instructional design, research service, and more. Fellows will develop or be assigned to projects tailored to their individual goals within the Libraries’ innovative, university-wide information literacy program and in keeping with the overall strategic plan. Our focus is on turning good Fellows into excellent librarians.


  • Term appointment, renewable dependent upon performance for up to approximately one year post-graduation.
  • .625 FTE (25 hours/week)
  • Scheduled hours will primarily fall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays but will vary, some infrequent evenings and weekends are expected.
  • Pay: $13.20 per hour with support for professional development.


  • As a member of the Libraries' Research Essentials Team, plans and teaches weeklong information literacy instruction sessions, primarily for general education classes.  Instruction training will be provided.
  • Completes assigned projects related to developing instructional materials or managing online instructional content and technology.
  • Answers reference questions at the service desk and through chat, email and text.
  • Assists with Public Services Department projects as needed.
  • Other library duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Because this is a pre-career developmental program designed for students in Library Science, you must be a current student in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program for Library and Information Science to apply.  We encourage students to apply early in their degree programs.
  • Service-oriented; willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Dependable, mature, flexible.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; highly comfortable with public speaking.
  • Self-starter.
  • Thrives in a team environment.
  • Demonstrably high comfort level using computer and web applications; ability to quickly learn new software and programs.

You are:

  • Curious, creative, and motivated; compulsively following information leads to learn and grow and solve problems.  The Wikipedia click-hole is your friend.
  • Organized and communicative, capable of keeping yourself and others on track in the midst of a fast-paced academic schedule.  You can't live without your organizational tool of choice.
  • At home in a team setting, comfortable relying on others for help, collaborating on a high percentage of your work, and willing to pitch in any time.
  • An autodidact.  You can teach yourself to do anything.  Well, almost anything.  You also know your limits, when to call uncle, and when to ask for a life line.
  • Productive and goal-oriented.  Getting the job done is important, doing it well is paramount.

We are:

  • A high-energy, fast-paced team that values experimentation, creative solutions, and genuine customer service.  Student focused.
  • Excited to learn from you, committed to teaching you, and passionate about collaboration and teamwork.
  • Hard working, fun-having, and focused on excellence.  Our supply of office coffee and chocolate does not run dry.
  • All about your professional development.  We'll hook you up with opportunities to present, join committees, and get involved in your future profession.  Plus funding.
  • Experts at ensuring that your online personal brand is tip-top.
  • Curious about YOUR goals.  Have a great idea or a new project you want to develop?  Great!  Lead on, cadet!
  • Mentors.  We've been there, we get it, and we're going to get really invested in your success and getting you your dream job.

Application Deadline:
Priority will be given to applications received by May 28, 2017, however, position will remain open until filled

Application Instructions:
Application materials must be submitted online at  Applicants must combine all application materials into one PDF and upload as a resume attachment.  Application materials must include:

  • Personal letter of interest
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • List of LIS coursework completed
  • List of references

Limit document name to 50 characters.  Maximum size limit is 11 MB.  Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.)

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: Dani Wellemeyer and Jess Williams. For inquiries, please contact 816-235-1531 or email us.





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