Thursday, June 20, 2013

Digital Operations Librarian

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Digital Services, the Digital Operations Librarian oversees day to day digitization activities of the Digital Services Department.    The position coordinates with Special Collections, Metadata and Bibliographic Services, and other units to shepherd digital projects from inception to completion, and collaborates in the development of procedures and workflow for digital collections.  The Digital Operations Librarian may also provide support to the Digital Collections Committee.  The position supervises the work of 2 Digital Photograph Technicians, student workers and library student interns.  The Digital Operations Librarian is a two year term appointment, with the potential for renewal.

Qualifications:  Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; demonstrated knowledge of procedures and issues in digitization of special collections and archival materials; basic understanding of metadata protocols; experience planning, implementing, and/or maintaining digital collections using a digital asset management system.  Ability to draft and maintain clear documentation and procedures for digital projects and programs and  to manage, motivate and direct staff in a team-based environment; excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. 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, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

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.  Further information and the complete document is available at: about/strategic-directions.  We are currently developing a new Strategic Directions document for the Libraries.  The Strategic Directions will continue to support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort ( about/initiatives/).  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

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 selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (

For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:  For information about housing and living in Houston see:

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 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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