Academic Library Fellow, UMKC University Libraries - 74404

Hiring Department

University of Missouri Kansas City University Libraries

Job Description

The Public Services Division at Miller Nichols Library is delighted to offer a Fellowship to a current LIS graduate student. We seek a creative, curious, motivated individual who is new to librarianship and looks forward to developing a leading-edge skill set in academic librarianship, teaching, and e-learning. The Fellowship is situated in the main library at a mid-sized university in the heart of Kansas City’s vibrant, socially conscious, entrepreneurial community and is a perfect place to accrue an impressive breadth and depth of experience for your resume. The Fellow will receive training for all job duties including teaching at the college level, instructional pedagogy, reference service, scholarly communications, and more. The Fellow will develop or be assigned to projects tailored to their individual goals within the Libraries’ information literacy program as well as other areas within the library. Our focus is on turning good Fellows into excellent librarians.

The Academic Library Fellow provides reference and instruction services and contributes to other public services outreach efforts. In addition, the Fellow will be expected to explore other areas of the library and profession through special projects. The Academic Library Fellowship provides mentoring in the areas of academic library operations, professional development, and career advising. This position reports to the Head of Teaching and Learning.

Position duties:
  • Reference Service
    • Provides reference service from the Miller Nichols Library service desk, on call desk and via remote service options, e.g. chat, text, email or phone.
  • Instruction
    • As a member of the Libraries’ Research Essentials Team, plans and teaches information literacy instruction sessions, primarily in classes for general education courses. Completes associated communication and class management tasks. Instruction meets the designated information literacy student learning outcomes for assigned classes.
    • Participates in the planning and implementation of the library's involvement in the university's general education curriculum.
    • Works to create messaging for social media posts and other communications educating students, faculty, and staff about these issues and UMKC Libraries.
  • Projects
    • Completes assigned projects which may be related to developing instructional materials, managing online instructional content and technology, student outreach, collection development, scholarly communications, research assignments, etc.
    • Develop projects in collaboration with departments across the University Libraries, as determined by the needs of the library and the interest of the candidate.
  • As appropriate:
    • Serves on a variety of University Libraries committees, working groups, or teams.
    • Pursues professional development and engages in professional service and/or research.
Minimum 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.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; highly comfortable with public speaking.
  • Thrives in a team environment.
  • Demonstrably high comfort level using computer and web applications; ability to quickly learn new software and programs.
Full Time/Part Time
  • Part-time
  • .5-.625 FTE (20-25 hours/week depending upon candidate's availability)
  • Term appointment, renewable dependent upon performance for up to approximately one year post-graduation.
  • Scheduled hours will primarily fall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays but also highly flexible. 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.

$20.00 per hour. Not eligible to receive benefits, but professional development funding is available. Funding levels vary annually, but fellows are generally eligible for about $1,000 in funding for travel, training, and memberships, though more may be available based on need.

Application Deadline

The priority review date has been extended to October 13th. The 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 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please email .

You may address your cover letter to Mardi Mahaffy, Head of Teaching and Learning. For all inquiries about the position, please contact the University Libraries Administrative 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. For more information, call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

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

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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.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

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