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Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books



The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB).  The successful candidate will provide leadership for the SCARaB Division, which is responsible for selecting, preserving, and making accessible materials of the Libraries’ special and rare book collections.  These collections house rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years, and vary from a tiny Charlotte Bronte manuscript to the Lanford Wilson papers to the Comic Arts Collections and dime novels.   The AUL is also responsible for supervising the University Archivist in the selecting, accessioning, and control of the official records of MU and the UM System’s central administration; and supervising the organization and preservation of manuscript collections and organizational records that document the history of the University of Missouri and its various activities and communities. We seek candidates whose work will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.




Leadership:  The AUL works with library managers and supervisors to establish goals and objectives and to set priorities, and also has responsibility for the overall planning, resource allocation, and administration of the SCARaB Division.  He or she is a member of the Libraries’ management team and participates in establishing library-wide policy, serves on committees, and supports fundraising and development activities.  He or she evaluates personnel, analyzes costs and efficiency of operations, and coordinates projects with other divisions.  The position actively encourages and supports professional development and training of librarians, archivists, and staff.


Collection Development:  The AUL is responsible for supervising the ongoing development of collections in the areas of manuscripts, rare books, university archives, and other special collections through donations, purchases, and records management.  The incumbent proactively cultivates relationships with donors and seeks out gifts, grants, and other external support for the Division in cooperation with the Libraries’ Development Officer.  In particular, the position pursues donations of materials that correspond to the Division’s collection development policies.


Digital Projects:  The AUL supervises the Digital Services unit and develops strategies and priorities for digitizing the historical and rare holdings of the Libraries and University Archives.  He or she works with service providers and granting agencies to facilitate integrated access to library collections and information resources and to increase capacity for in-house digital projects.


Public Services:  Experience in planning student engagement with special collections and rare material along with a commitment to working collaboratively with the whole library system is essential.  The incumbent must be committed to promoting and enhancing instruction and research services. .


This position will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian or Archivist, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.  For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at


Required Qualifications:


·         M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent or an accredited master of arts degree in a supporting discipline with a minimum of 6 hours of credit in courses concentrating on research methodology or archival administration.


·         Strong knowledge of book history, archival administration, and current and emerging trends in archives and special collections, including collection development for rare books, archives, and special collections, records management principles, and digital preservation.


·         Demonstrated experience in digital projects.


·         At least six years of progressively responsible library or archives experience. Experience working with rare books and special collections, and at least two years supervisory experience. 


·         Knowledge of techniques for book preservation and conservation.


·         Experience with successful grants and/or donor relationships.


·         Excellent supervisory and public speaking skills. Ability to advocate for SCARaB with peers, donors, faculty, and university administrators.



 Preferred Qualifications:


·         Additional advanced degree in literature or history.


·         Certified Archivist (CA) from the Academy of Certified Archivists or Certified Records manager (CRM) from the Institute of Certified Records Managers.


·         Knowledge and experience supervising metadata creation and Hathi trust uploading; experience in digital humanities.


·         Language skills in French, German, Latin or other non-English languages.


·         Experience in an ARL or other large research library.


·         Experience working with library donors and large gifts, and with University Advancement.


·         Demonstrated professional activity and leadership in the profession. Involvement in groups such as ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.


·         Experience with building projects.


 Compensation:  Salary will be commensurate with rank.  Negotiable from $85,000.


To Apply:  Apply online at with Job ID 22743.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required.  Preference for applications received by February 1, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


About the Libraries, the campus, and community: The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.2 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.


MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It’s a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.


The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 18 colleges and schools.  Many departments also work closely with the University Extension program to bring the benefits of research to Missouri citizens.  The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace, and the Mizzou Advantage program encourages innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.


Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $237 million annually on scientific research.  The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities.  Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 27 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and 62 percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri’s public universities.


Located in central Missouri with easy access to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia, MO is consistently ranked one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.  For more information on the MU Libraries, the University, and Columbia, please visit the following:


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The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.


The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action, ADA employer.

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