Research Support Librarian -- University of Missouri -- Columbia, MO

The University of Missouri Libraries have an immediate opening for a Research Support Librarian.

Working with health sciences research teams at all stages of the research cycle, this individual provides literature reviews; assists with discovery, management, archiving, and visualization of research data; assists investigators in locating publishing venues that will provide the highest possible impact and visibility for their work; tracks research impact after publication through article level metrics; consults on posters and publications, and helps plan open access strategies for the dissemination of research outputs.

Responsibilities and duties:
Working with health sciences research teams at all stages of the research cycle from proposal development to publication and beyond, including:

  • Meeting with researchers to assess their information needs; designing customized services to support their work; and tracking the impact of the services provided
  • Providing literature reviews and reference services to support the research enterprise
  • Assisting with discovery, management, archiving, and visualization of research data
  • Assisting investigators with the creation and execution of data management plans to meet the requirements of funding organizations
  • Assisting investigators in locating publishing venues that will provide the highest possible impact and visibility for their work
  • Tracking research impact after publication through article level metrics
  • Developing new connections and building relationships to identify researchers and research team needs
  • Conducting Animal Welfare Act searches for investigators in the academic health sciences center
  • Consulting on posters and publications
  • Helping to plan open access strategies for the dissemination of research outputs for maximum visibility

This position will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian, 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:

  • Master's degree from an ALA accredited program in Library/Information Science, or its equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of media and technologies.
  • Experience interacting with the public in a customer service or helpdesk environment, either in person or virtual.
  • Training or proficiency in two or more bibliographic and citation databases, including PubMed, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, Web of Science, and Google Scholar.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities, showing initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Evidence of skills needed to foster new connections and build relationships to advance the goals of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously and effectively manage several complex projects.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience providing instructional or reference services including the creation of online tutorials, surveys, or guides.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools/skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a science-oriented academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: data management services, research impact services, open access compliance, conducting systematic review searches, Animal Welfare Act compliance searches, instructional design & tutorial development
  • Familiarity or training in topics related to data analysis or data visualization
  • Familiarity with journal and article metrics
  • Experience with EndNote or Zotero
  • Professional experience in a health care/biomedical environment
  • Experience or familiarity with research and academic publishing
  • Familiarity with the principles of evidence-based medicine

To Apply: Apply online at with Job ID 28490. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required. Preference for applications received by December 15, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Other Information:
The J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library serves the University of Missouri Health System, a comprehensive academic health center that includes MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, MU School of Health Professions, and MU Health Care, with a workforce of over 8000 people.

It is part of a campus library system known collectively as MU Libraries. The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium. The Health Sciences Library is one of 7 regional libraries in the Midcontinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

In the recently released strategic plan, Flagship for the Future, The University of Missouri set ambitious goals for enhancing its research enterprise, including opening a Translational Precision Medicine Center in 2021, developing a comprehensive research growth plan for the academic medical center, and doubling research and industry funding and recruiting 300 new research faculty campuswide by 2023.

MU Health Care consistently receives recognition as a leader in providing high-quality health care services. In 2014, MU Health Care was ranked among the top hospitals in the state by U.S. News and World Report, and eight adult specialties were recognized as "high performing".

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 is 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 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.

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:

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

Diversity Commitment: 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.

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 the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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