Sunday, June 23, 2013

Houston Arts And History Archives Fellow

Responsibilities: This archival fellowship is offers a recent graduate the opportunity to work in a large and forward-looking special collections department in a research library. As a member of the Special Collections Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for arranging and describing collections in the areas of Performing Arts, Houston Hip Hop, and Houston and Texas History. The fellow will provide support for reference service and digital projects in the areas of Houston arts and history.

This is a one year term appointment, with the potential for a one year renewal. Candidates for this position must be available to begin work no later than Monday, August 26, 2013.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, conferred within the last 24 months
  • Coursework in or experience with archival practice and theory
  • Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Practicum or work experience in an archive or special collections department
  • Experience supervising student workers
  • Reference experience or coursework
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with hip hop music
Salary: $47,000 annually. Excellent benefits package, including health coverage; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours per 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 July 12, 2013. Send letter of application, names and contact information for 3 references, resume, and photocopy of transcript showing conferral of ALA-accredited masters degree 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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