LGBT History Research Collections Librarian

Responsibilities

The University of Houston Libraries seeks an LGBT History Research Collections Librarian to build upon our national reputation for distinctive collections, student success, and scholarly inquiry in LGBT Studies and Queer Studies. UH Libraries has one of the most extensive LGBT archival collections in the country, and has significant collaborative partnerships with LGBT community archivists and archives, and other area academic collections. The UH campus boasts an active Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program, and an engaged LGBTQ Resource Center, faculty, student, and alumni organizations.

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the LGBT History Research Collections Librarian will manage all aspects of LGBT archives, rare books, serials collection development, and collection care and management, including arranging and describing materials, authoring finding aid inventories, and creating processing plans. There also will be opportunities to collaborate on identifying and preparing materials for digitization in accordance with preservation procedures for archives and library materials.

The successful candidate will engage the large and active LGBTQ community on campus and in the Houston area through instruction, outreach, and community partnerships, including collaborating with faculty to provide primary source information literacy instruction; providing reference and research consultations; and leading outreach activities with LGBTQ organizations and community leaders and being active in exhibits and social media.

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. Librarians at UH 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 seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program
  • Training and experience in archival processing and description of complex archival collections
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the Libraries
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization

Preferred

  • Knowledge of descriptive metadata standards including MARC, DACS, and data structure standards relevant to archival control of collection materials including EAD
  • Knowledge of and experience working with historical LGBT collections and rare books and serials holdings
  • Familiarity or experience with archives collection management tools such as ArchivesSpace
  • Experience with multiple levels of archival processing, including detailed item-level and More Product Less Process (MPLP) practices
  • Experience with community outreach, partnerships, and the post custodial model of archival participation among community members
  • Knowledge and experience with instruction and facilitating discussion in a collaborative/group setting
  • Knowledge and experience with digitization and digital projects

Salary: $65,000 to 67,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs; 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=LIB000062&tz=GMT-06%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago.

Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent 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 over 120 FTE, including over 50 librarians.

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 18 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

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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000062&tz=GMT-06%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago


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