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Director of Library Services for the Health Sciences

We seek a dynamic, collaborative, experienced leader with the vision to administer a new library facility and execute a program of services for a newly designed health sciences complex, projected to include patient care services, workforce training programs, undergraduate and graduate instruction, research labs and community outreach.

Responsibilities: Supervise, train and evaluate librarians and staff with expertise in disciplines in the health sciences and related fields, including optometry, pharmacy, nursing, communication disorders, behavioral health, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Establish reference, library instruction and research support services. Advance emerging services including data management and digital scholarship for the health sciences. Develop collections, information access and support in health informatics. Support state-of-the-art computing and studio facilities for both individual and group work. Fashion library liaison services for the researchers, clinicians and students housed in the complex. Develop consumer health services for patients visiting the health sciences complex. Collaborate with science librarians to manage collections. Reports to the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Services.

The Director of Library Services for Health Sciences is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected 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; subject background in health sciences; supervisory experience; excellent communication skills and strong service orientation; ability to work in team-based environment. Preferred: AHIP certification; research library experience, and experience with systematic reviews.

Salary: $86,000-$92,000 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, HathiTrust, 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. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62 professionals. Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

The University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The complete document is available at: The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: 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 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of over 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.

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 reasonable cost of living.

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Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted at:

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information:

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

The position will be available after September 1, 2017.

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner,
Associate Dean for Resource Management, at 713-743-9801 or


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