Information and Data Services Librarian


University of Missouri-Columbia

Job Summary

The University of Missouri J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library seeks an innovative, flexible, and collaborative Information and Data Services Librarian to join our dedicated, energetic team, and provide overall coordination, planning and training support for library reference and data management services. The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Director of Information Services and Resources and will provide overall coordination of reference services and leadership in developing research data support services. As part of the reference services team, the candidate will provide virtual and in-person consultations, including literature searching and training support, to assist users at all stages of their research process, and will serve as liaison to hospital nurses and medical staff in our graduate medical education programs. 


Description of Duties

  1.            Provide reference help and consultations to guide students, staff, and faculty through all stages of their research and educational activities.

  2.            Provide leadership and coordination for library research data support services through curation, consultation, and the creation of instructional materials to increase the visibility and usability of research data in collaboration with the Research Support Librarian.

  3.            Provide overall coordination, program planning and training for the library reference services team. 

  4.            Cover regular assigned shifts to monitor live chat and to provide reference backup for frontline staff.   

  5.            Coordinate support and training for residents and fellows engaged in research in our graduate medical education programs in collaboration with the Educational Services Librarian.

  6.            Serve as liaison to hospital nursing personnel. 

  7.            May be assigned additional responsibilities to departments or research projects.

  8.            Special projects/other duties as assigned.

While the Health Sciences Library is closed for renovations, the Information and Data Services Librarian will be 100% remote. The library is expected to re-open in Fall 2024. Options for hybrid work will be available after the library reopens.




Education:       A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program


Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Commitment to outstanding customer service 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a marked ability to communicate with many diverse groups of people

  • Experience in library services or a research or clinical environment

  • Experience in searching PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus; experience with Zotero &/or other personal file management programs

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Teaching experience

  • Course work in health sciences librarianship or experience in a health sciences library

  • Course work in managing, sharing or curating quantitative research data, or direct experience supporting researchers in managing, sharing and curating their data

  • Knowledge of data services concepts, such as: data management plans, data curation, data visualization, research and data lifecycle support, open data, and data literacy

  • Knowledge of programming languages, such as: Python, R, and SQL 

  • Willingness to take an active role in developing a new library program and promoting a new suite of library services

  • Experience/familiarity with principles of evidence-based health care




This position holds non-tenure track (NTT) faculty status. 

  • Librarian I, negotiable from $51,500


For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at:


Application Materials

Apply online at with Job ID 50488. A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV must be uploaded through the brief online application. Application review begins immediately, but will accept applications until position is filled.


About the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library and MU Health Care 

The J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, part of the MU Libraries system, serves a comprehensive academic health center that includes MU School of Medicine, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, MU College of Health Sciences, and MU Health Care. 

The Health Sciences Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Region 3, and the MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.   

MU Health Care consistently receives recognition as a leader in providing high-quality health care services, with seven specialties recognized as “high performing” in U.S. News & World Report. The University of Missouri is the home of the NextGen Precision Health building, bringing expert health researchers and clinicians together under one roof in search of solutions to the world’s greatest health challenges. 


About Columbia and the University

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

The University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou) was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Today, MU’s 31,000+ students represent every Missouri county, all 50 states and 100 countries. As the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300-degree programs, including 89 online options, through 12 colleges and schools and is one of only six public universities nationwide that has a school of medicine, veterinary medicine college, and a law school. The MU Office of Extension & Engagement extends the benefits of MU research to Missouri’s citizens in all 114 counties in Missouri.

Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, MU is the only public institution in Missouri to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The University of Missouri Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the Center for Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:

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Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau


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

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.

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 Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

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