Sr Library Information Specialist

This position works in the Circulation Services Department and reports to the Head of Circulation Services. This position works Tuesday through Saturday and is responsible for closing the library on Friday and Saturday.  The position provides circulation assistance and basic reference assistance. The primary area of responsibility is supervision of the Circulation Services student assistants (15-20 student assistants). The position provides basic reference/research assistance and works with Campus Police to maintain building security during the weekend/evening shift. The position performs advanced technical, public service, and administrative duties requiring a high level of decision-making, judgment, and independence. It requires a broad understanding of the academic library context and of circulation work. This position plays a major role in the development of departmental policies and procedures and may write policies for the department. This position functions independently, receiving general guidance, limited supervision, and periodic reviews.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • One to two years’ experience in a library setting and/or in an applicable academic setting.
  • Successful customer service experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Experience answering basic reference questions

Full Time/Part Time

Fully-benefit-eligible, 40-hours per week (1.0 FTE), staff position.


$16.32 to $17.50 per hour commensurate with experience, education and internal equity. 

Plus eligible for $.70 per hour shift differential for any shift of 5 hours or more starting after 2pm.


  • Schedule
    • This position is responsible for closing the library on Friday and Saturday.  Works Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 7 pm, Friday & Saturday 2:15 – 10:15 pm.  Hours vary during intersession and summer session based on library open hours. Works closing schedule during intersession (4 weeks Dec/Jan, 3 weeks May, 3 weeks Aug): Monday – Thursday 11:15 am – 7:15 pm, Friday  9:15 am – 5:15 pm. During 8 week summer session works Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 am-7:00 pm, Friday & Saturday closing schedule 10:15 am – 6:15 pm.   Subject to night and weekend work if needed (may be asked to cover occasional closing shifts in absence of other department staff).
    • Any permanent schedule changes must be approved by supervisor.
  • Work area
    • Circulation Services Department, Miller Nichols Library, 1st floor
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
    • This position is responsible for closing the library and the circulation department on Friday & Saturday during the academic semesters and 8 week summer session, for assisting patrons via the library’s main phone line, and for assisting patrons at the First Floor Service Desk. The position may choose whether to take a 1 hour meal break or work a shorter day per the Libraries’ Rest Break Policy. Anything outside of this regular schedule is considered a Flexible Work Arrangement.  
    • The UMKC University Libraries support flexible work arrangements in keeping with the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy. Flexible work arrangements should support the mission, goals and functional role of the employee, department and university. Due to job responsibilities of staffing an in-person service desk and in-directly supervising on-site student assistants, routine remote work is rare for this position.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter that directly addresses how you meet the requirements of the position, resume or curriculum vitae, and list of 3 references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a single attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). 

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

You may address your cover letter to: Mary Anderson, Head of Circulation Services. For all inquiries about the position, please contact the UMKC University Libraries Administration Office at (816) 235-1531 or  

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.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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UMKC Statement on Diversity

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research, and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

Benefit Eligibility

We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university’s most important resource. 

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

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