Assistant Head of Acquisitions & Resource Sharing

Responsibilities

The UH Libraries’ Acquisitions & Resource Sharing (ARS) department manages the Libraries’ materials budget, the purchasing of all physical and electronic resources, and resource sharing, including interlibrary loan and document delivery services. Reporting to the Head of ARS, the Assistant Head will directly oversee the monographic ordering and resource sharing functions of the department, with responsibility for providing excellent customer service to patrons. As a leader in the department, this position is also responsible for providing vision and leadership of the strategic directions of the department in collaboration with the department head. This position is also responsible for implementing new workflows, tracking trends in resource sharing, open access publishing, and alternative acquisition and access models to maximize access to resources. Additional responsibilities includes leadership and management of a team of six full-time staff, and several student workers. In the absence of the Head of ARS, this person will be responsible for the daily management of the department. The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to develop skills in the areas of copyright and intellectual property in libraries, license agreements, and print and electronic serials acquisition and management to better support the overall strategic directions of the department.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to work in a team-based environment and collaborate across the libraries to set priorities and ensure alignment with UH Libraries and university goals. A key element will include building effective relationships and communication with vendors, consortia partners, and UH System campus libraries. The position will also require collaboration and communication with subject liaisons about purchases and services to patrons, providing relevant data as needed, and serving on cross-departmental teams such as the Libraries’ Collection Strategies and Management Committee (CSMC) and Data-driven Resource Evaluation and Assessment Metrics (DREAM) Team.

The Assistant Head of ARS 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 development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work strategically in a complex, team environment
  • Experience working in acquisitions, or collections management, or resource sharing
  • Demonstrated interest and potential in providing vision and leadership for an acquisitions unit
  • Project management skills

Preferred:

  • Supervisory experience
  • Familiarity with copyright and intellectual property best practices as it relates to resource sharing and open access

Salary:  $68,000 to 70,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000048

Visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/. Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, at 713-743-9761 or chgola@uh.edu.

Library Information: UH Libraries is 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 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at: http://libraries.uh.edu.

The UH Libraries’ is in the process of developing a new strategic plan in alignment with the University’s ambitious new plan https://uh.edu/strategic-plan/. We seek to recruit librarians who can relate the directions of the university and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

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.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 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. 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. 

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

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000048


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