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Resource Description Librarian (Unique Materials & Formats)


The University of Houston Libraries seeks a Resources Description Librarian with expertise in original and complex adaptive cataloging of unique materials and formats. The position offers the opportunity to contribute to projects that will ensure efficient intellectual access, discoverability, and accessibility of UH Libraries’ unique and special collections as part of its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

This position will report to the Resources Description and Management Coordinator in the Resources Description and Management unit of the Metadata and Digitization Services department (MDS). A primary role of this position will be collaborating with the Special Collections department and the Coordinator of the Music Library to provide bibliographic description to incoming collections and donated materials. The successful candidate will provide leadership for original and adaptive cataloging of music materials, including scores and sound recordings, housed in the Music Library. The position will also contribute to a coordinated effort to catalog the UH Libraries’ unique collections including the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection, Hispanic Research Collection, LGBT History Research Collection, and Energy and Sustainability Research Collection, as well as rare books and manuscripts in a variety of subjects.

Additional responsibilities include managing various resource description projects, contributing to the Library of Congress Name Authority File, developing and implementing policies and procedures, and providing training and direction to departmental staff in the areas of resource description, authority control, and cataloging. The successful librarian will be provided mentorship and professional enrichment opportunities to develop expertise as needed, and will be expected to stay abreast of current trends, standards, and practices.

The Resource Description 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 our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Experience in the creation of original cataloging for music materials, including scores and recordings
  • Knowledge in resource description for special collections and rare materials using DACS and DCRM
  • Experience in resource description of multiple formats using national cataloging standards (such as, RDA, LCSH, LCC, AACR2, and MARC)
  • Knowledge of creating name authority records
  • Experience with integrated library systems and OCLC


  • Experience with ExLibris Alma
  • Experience with MarcEdit, ArchiveSpace, or similar
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages other than English
  • Knowledge of forthcoming changes with RDA, FRBR, BIBFRAME, linked data and semantic web

Salary:  $62,000 to $65,000 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.

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

Visit the UH Libraries Employment page for more information: Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

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:

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.

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: For information about housing and living in Houston see:

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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