Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) invites applicants for the tenure-track position of Emerging Technologies and Systems Librarian in the George A. Spiva Library. Candidates should be innovative professionals and provide leadership and direction for emerging technologies and systems; collaborate with library coworkers and campus faculty and staff to ensure electronic access to library e-resources and services; ensure databases and e-resource integrity; manage, support and ensure integrity of the library's shared integrated library system; reviews and recommends new workflows as technologies change. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate student employees in Emerging Technologies and Systems Department. Train library staff (students employees, library staff and faculty) in new technologies and e-resources. Compiles statistical data, and works with MOBIUS personnel to comply with consortial standards. Uses metadata and specialized software, including Innovative Interfaces Inc. software and Summon, to incorporate content.

The Emerging Technologies and Systems Librarian should exhibit strong leadership and managerial skills, the ability to collaborate and network, and the ability to execute a vision for the future of the library's technological initiatives that support the campus community. Candidates should have the ability to implement and manage the technology that will support a student-focused learning environment. The Emerging Technologies and Systems Librarian will earn the respect of library coworkers by showing dedication to the institution and commitment to serving the academic community and will be an effective voice on behalf of the library. Spiva Library has a dedicated and engaged staff, and several unique collections, including a Native American Resource Collection and digitized mining maps.

Located in Joplin, Missouri, MSSU is a four-year liberal arts institution serving approximately 6,000 students in more than 140 academic programs. Expanding graduate and undergraduate programs provide faculty with rich opportunities for service and scholarship. Internationally focused semesters and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music, and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region.

An earned MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and a minimum of two years of professional library experience demonstrating a progression of responsibilities, management, and leadership abilities are required. Experience with MOBIUS, Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III) software and experience with Summon or another discovery service tool. Demonstrated customer-service orientation and strong attention to detail. Demonstrated interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work with and/or knowledge of diverse populations is preferred. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Employment will require a background check. MSSU is an E-verify participating employer. EOE/AA



  • MLS/MLIS degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution.

  • Minimum of two years of library experience.

  • Website development or administration experience.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Strong customer service skills; demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Commitment to professional development.


  • Academic library experience.

  • ILS administration and training experience, preferably Innovative Interfaces.

  • Experience working within a consortium.

  • Experience using programming languages including but not limited to HTML, XML, JavaScript, and CSS.

  • Experience with web-scale discovery and metasearch technologies.

  • Experience managing EZProxy client-based server and networking, including cloud-based technology.

  • Knowledge of and/or use of Content Management Systems, preferably OmniUpdate.

  • Knowledge of and/or use of Learning Management Systems, preferably BlackBoard.

  • Experience using SpringShare products - LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibChat, RefAnalytics.

  • Experience in creating streaming video tutorials.

  • Successful supervisory experience of student workers.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common business and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and by written means at a very high level.

  • Ability to make ethical decisions in doing what is best for both students and the University.

  • Ability to effectively present information to administrators, faculty, staff, regulators, students, public groups, and/or Board of Governors.

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Physical Demands/Work Environment

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or use a computer keyboard and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    NOTICE: The above job profile does not include all the essential and nonessential duties of this job. All employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources to review and discuss the essential and nonessential functions of the job. An employee with a disability can evaluate the job in greater detail to determine if she/he can safely perform the essential function of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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