Open Educational Resources Librarian

Responsibilities

The University of Houston seeks an Open Educational Resources Librarian to join the Collections Strategies and Services Department. Reporting to the Open Educational Resources Coordinator, this position is responsible for contributing to the advancement of the University of Houston open educational resources (OER) program. 

The librarian will contribute significantly to the planning, implementation, and assessment of OER program activities. Responsibilities include engaging in faculty outreach, targeting courses and programs for OER adoption, and managing implementation of the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program. The librarian will collaborate with instructors and provide professional development to support OER adoption, adaptation, and creation, including: assisting with identifying appropriate OER materials, encouraging development of high-quality and accessible course material, and providing guidance on open licensing, copyright, and fair use best practices. The librarian will have opportunities to develop expertise in these areas.

The librarian will collaborate with colleagues in and out of the library to promote open education and affordable course materials. Other responsibilities include collaborating with colleagues on departmental projects and initiatives and contributing to the advancement of departmental priorities. 

The University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership, and engagement. UH provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance, and continuing education.  UH Libraries is committed to building and maintaining an equitable and inclusive workplace and learning environment. 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 Open Educational Resources Librarian 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 seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth. 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the library
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest, coursework, or experience related to open educational resources

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with trends in open education and/or textbook affordability
  • Familiarity with copyright, open licensing, and fair use
  • Project management skills

Salary:  $63,500 to $67,000 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=LIB000066 

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 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. 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. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

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=LIB000066


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