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Academic Library Fellow, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO


The Services and Resources Division at Miller Nichols Library is delighted to offer another Academic Library Fellowship to a 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 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, research service, outreach and engagement, and more. Fellows will develop or be assigned to projects tailored to their individual goals within the Libraries’ innovative, university-wide information literacy program as well as other areas throughout the library. Our focus is on turning good Fellows into excellent librarians

The Academic Library Fellow provides research and instruction services and contributes to outreach and engagement 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 a Fellowship Director.

Position duties:

  • Reference Service
    • Provides research service from the Miller Nichols Library service desk, on call desk and via remote service options, e.g. chat, text, email or phone, in accordance with these documents:
      • Standards for Reference Service
      • Reference Customer Service Values
  • 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 new general education model.
  • Projects
    • Completes assigned projects which may be related to developing instructional materials, managing online instructional content and technology, student outreach, collection development, 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, UMKC, and UM System 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
  • .375-.5 FTE (15-20 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.


$15.00 per hour

How to Apply:

Priority will be given to applications received by June 21, 2021, 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

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