Research and Instruction Librarian, Pickler Memorial Library

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April 28, 2022

Truman State University welcomes applications for the position of Research and Instruction Librarian at Pickler Memorial Library. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position with some evening and weekend hours. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Designing and conducting instruction sessions as part of the library’s information literacy program including teaching a 1-credit library course and participating in first-year experience initiatives.
  • Creating and maintaining research guides, tutorials, and other instructional materials to support the development of information literacy concepts and to promote library resources and services.
  • Providing high quality reference and research assistance in-person, by phone, and online.
  • Monitoring trends in emerging technologies and working with staff to incorporate them into library services and instruction in both face-to-face and online learning environments.
  • Participating in collection development activities and serving as a liaison to campus departments in assigned disciplines.

Pickler Memorial Library is a member of MOBIUS, a multi-state consortium of academic and public libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited Master’s of Library/Information Science degree by start date.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction with a demonstrated ability to teach.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging instructional and library-related technologies.
  • Knowledge of basic web design and digital content creation tools.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of information resources and tools to support research assistance to patrons.
  • Strong commitment to public service and teamwork with the ability to work successfully with faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with instruction and reference services in an academic library setting.
  • Experience using Social Media for marketing and promotion of library services.
  • Familiarity with WordPress for website design

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: 
Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit

The Community:
Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the contact information for three professional references. Electronic submission of application materials is preferred and the process can be completed at:

Materials may also be submitted to or by mail to:

Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO  63501

Review of applications will begin May 31, 2022 and continue until position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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