Special Collections Librarian – University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg, MO

The University of Central Missouri seeks a motivated, creative, professional to fill the non-tenure track faculty position of Special Collections Librarian/Director of Children’s Literature Festival at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate should demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of children’s literature as well as have an interest in the area of special collections for a university library. Duties include supervisor of staff and student employees and may include serving as a library liaison to an academic department.

The successful candidate will provide leadership for Special Collections, promoting collection development, use, and preservation, and will organize and oversee the annual Children’s Literature Festival.

Responsibilities include the following areas:

Collection Oversight

* Manage the CYA (children’s and adolescent/young adult) fiction and non-fiction circulating collections

* Manage the General Special Collection, which includes historical collections of university materials and other established collections

* Manage the Sadler Research Collection of Literature for Children and Young Adults (books, author research materials, manuscripts, book illustrations, etc.) for use by researchers in the field of children’s literature

* Accept and evaluate donor gifts for the various collections in Special Collections

* Accept and evaluate publisher gifts for the various collections in Special Collections

Children’s Literature Festival

* Organize and oversee the Children’s Literature Festival, including author/illustrator participants, mailing and publicity, campus facilities, food and lodging, travel, registrations, billing, and payments

* Establish and maintain contact with authors and illustrators regarding participation in the Children’s Literature Festival

* Serve as chair of the Children’s Literature Festival Committee

Other Duties

* Participate in reference service delivery, including week-end and/or evening rotations

* Provide library instruction sessions to classes and other groups

* Oversee appropriate UCM foundation accounts

* Serve as Director of the Central Chapter of the Missouri Center for the Book

* Coordinate the annual Letters about Literature program for the Missouri Center for the Book, a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress




* Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library or information science or equivalent degree

* Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in children’s, adolescent & young adult literature

* Knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in academic libraries

* Effective written and oral communication skills

* Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships

* Strong customer service focus

* Commitment to engage in ongoing professional development and service to the profession


* Experience working with large children’s literature event

* Knowledge of historical children’s literature

* Preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship

* Knowledge of archival and preservation practices

* Second graduate degree in a subject discipline


Work Environment

Kirkpatrick Library consists of two functional units: Public Services and Technical Services, both reporting to the Chair of Kirkpatrick Library. This position reports to the Chair of Kirkpatrick Library. Within a team environment, coordinates projects with other library professionals. Supervises staff and student employees.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits are described at http://www.ucmo.edu/hr/benefits/

University Environment

In Warrensburg, MO (approximately 50 miles southeast of Kansas City), the University of Central Missouri (http://www.ucmo.edu) provides the option for urban, suburban, or small city living. The work environment is the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, an attractive and modern facility (http://library.ucmo.edu).


Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates must complete the faculty profile found at https://jobs.ucmo.edu. Apply to position #998622.

Attach to the faculty profile a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts showing all degrees completed. Please list on the faculty profile the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references. If contacted for an interview, three (3) letters of recommendation will be requested.

Review of completed applications begins April 1, 2015 and continues until position is filled.

For information about the online application process, contact Human Resources at jobs@umco.edu or (660) 543-4255.

For more information about this position, contact search committee chair, Barbara Wales, at wales@ucmo.edu or (660) 543-4797.


Only those candidates who submit complete faculty profiles with required attached documents will be considered for this position. The University of Central Missouri is an AA/EEO/ADA employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply.