Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Collections and Online Resources Coordinator

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, the Collections & Online Resources Coordinator will provide expert support for collection development and assessment, primarily of electronic materials such as e-books, online journals, databases, and other e-resources. Project examples include analysis of collection use data, analysis of approval plans and subscription offers from library consortia and vendors, and investigation of emerging and non-standard material types (e.g. streaming media, proprietary data sets).
The Collections & Online Resources Coordinator will work closely with the Resource Discovery Systems, Acquisitions, and Metadata and Bibliographic Services departments to ensure effective communication among subject librarians, technical services, and systems. This position also holds ex officio membership in the Collection Management Committee.
The Collections and Online Resources Coordinator is a librarian position.  Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Governance Document.  They are expected to develop a record of service and professional involvement.  The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.
The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions 2010-2013 focuses on supporting research and scholarly productivity, building dynamic partnerships, fostering academic success through innovative services, and enhancing user experience through technology.  The complete document is available at: .  The Strategic Directions draw on and support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University ( ).  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.
Qualifications:  Required:  ALA-accredited Master’s degree; demonstrated excellent communication skills and strong service orientation; significant experience with and/or demonstrated knowledge of collection development and assessment.  Preferred: Expert knowledge of YBP’s GOBI, SerialsSolutions 360, and/or Innovative Millennium; ability to access, interpret, and use online usage data; knowledge of electronic resources licensing; familiarity with trends in electronic resources management; demonstrated ability to rapidly become proficient with library systems and technologies; project management experience.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students.
Salary:  $58,000 to $62,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.  
Library Information:  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Texas Digital Library.  The Libraries hold over 2.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 48 professionals and approximately 110 support staff.  Additional information available at:
General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.  Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was rated eighth among livable North American cities by Places Rated Almanac.
For additional information, including information about Houston's housing market, flourishing arts scene, and entertainment offerings, please see the greater Houston Partnership web site at: and the My Houston site:
Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Send letter of application, names and contact information for 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000.  Applications may also be submitted by email to:  Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or

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