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English Librarian

Responsibilities: The University of Houston Libraries seeks an English liaison librarian with knowledge of or experience in the study of digital humanities. In addition to responsibilities for collection development, instruction, outreach, and research support for the Department of English, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in British & American Literature, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric Composition, the position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the UH Libraries effort to advance digital research services. The English Librarian will contribute toward this effort in collaboration with the Humanities Team and the Liaison Services Department to build expertise and research services to facilitate faculty and student digital humanities projects. These opportunities will further the success of a new Digital Research Commons in the library. The successful candidate will also work proactively to enhance information literacy education to upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs, and will work with the Instruction Team to enhance and teach information literacy skills in lower-level composition and rhetoric courses.

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 –


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skill and strong service orientation
  • Ability to work strategically in a complex, changing environment
  • Proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as faculty and students.
  • Degree or significant coursework in English; or professional experience working with English department students and faculty in an research library setting
  • Demonstrated awareness of faculty and graduate student needs at a research institution
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and digital humanities trends and principles


  • Experience in library instruction and assessment
  • Experience in collection development
  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity
  • Familiarity or experience with tools and techniques for the digital humanities

Applications from recent graduates will be considered.

Salary: $56,000 to 58,000 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.

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: http://libraries.uh.edu.

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: http://libraries.uh.edu/strategic-plan. The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status: http://www.uh.edu/about/mission/. 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.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.  We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of Houston is a nationally prominent research university. Researchers are making new demands on available resources, seeking new funding sources, exploring new modes of scholarship, and generating and managing a vast array of research data. By aligning UH Libraries’ expertise and resources with these evolving research agenda, the Libraries can significantly impact the success of campus research, preserve and expand access to scholarship at UH, and document research excellence.

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 and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/07/26/houston-tops-our-list-of-americas-coolest-cities-to-live/.

For additional information, including information about Houston’s flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:  https://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.  Applications should be submitted at:


Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information: http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment

The position is available after September 1, 2017.

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

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


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