Digitization Operations Librarian

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Created: September 23, 2013


Responsibilities: Reporting to the Metadata and Digitization Operations Coordinator in the Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS) Department, the Digitization Operations Librarian will provide leadership and expertise in digitization activities for the unit. This incumbent will work closely with Special Collections and other departments to manage digital projects from inception to completion; develop and implement policies and procedures; participate in planning, goal-setting, and assessing the effectiveness of staff and operations; provide training and direction to staff in digitization routines; and keep current with new trends, standards and practices. The incumbent will also coordinate the UHDL Internship Program and work with stakeholders to promote the digital library to key audiences. This position supervises the work of 2 digitization technicians, student workers and library student interns.

Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are required to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; demonstrated knowledge of processes and procedures in digitization of special collections and archival materials; knowledge of scanning equipment and digitization best practices; 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; capability to manage, motivate and direct staff in a team-based environment; excellent oral and written communication skills. Preferred: 1-2 years of relevant experience.

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: http://info.lib.uh.edu.

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition. Further information and the complete document are available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/strategic-directions. The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and the further the Tier One effort (http://www.uh.edu/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 (http://www.forbes.com/...26/houston-tops-our-li...).

For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: http://www.visithoustontexas.com/. For information about housing and living in Houston see: http://www.houston.org/living/index.html.

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: dcamille@uh.edu .

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu .


Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 13:39 UTC

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