Posting Number: F00360
Full Time/Part Time: Full-time
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of the Digital Research Commons will be a key leader in UH Libraries expansion of services for advancing the digital research productivity of UH faculty, staff, and students. Reporting to the Head of Digital Research Services, the director will manage the day-to-day activities of the Digital Research Commons. Coordinating with Libraries' external partners, including the UH Division of Research, the Center for Advanced Computing and Data Services, and colleges, the director will contribute to faculty and student digital scholarship projects by providing services for collaboration, program planning, and interdisciplinary digital projects.
Primary duties include: overseeing Commons operations including budgets, facilities, technology, grants, projects, and assessment; coordinating with other Libraries divisions, UH Division of Research, Center for Advanced Computing and Data Services, and other academic colleges and university centers in the development, implementation, and support of Commons projects and services; collaborating with faculty, researchers, and advanced students to develop and sustain digital scholarship projects
Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Libraries' 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.
Library Information: The University of Houston Libraries' Digital Research Commons will offer services, tools, and technologies to support collaborative scholarship and research across disciplines. By leveraging the expertise of the Libraries and cultivating partnerships with other campus research support units, the Commons will collaborate with faculty, researchers, staff, and advanced students from research conception to preservation, by providing data management, data documentation, research publishing and sharing, and data preservation services.
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://info.lib.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://info.lib.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.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving many stakeholders simultaneously
- Demonstrated knowledge of research and digital scholarship trends and principles
- Demonstrated project management experience
- Experience with designing, implementing, evaluating, and optimizing models for digital scholarship programs and emerging practice areas.
- American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master's degree
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work in team-based environment, both within the Libraries and with faculty, staff, and students
- Knowledge of data mining and data visualization research tools
- Coursework or advanced degree (MA, PhD or ABD) in history, digital humanities or other humanities fields, or the social sciences
- Experience with grant writing
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Applicants should submit the names and contact information for 3 professional references.
At time of application an unofficial transcript of the ALA-accredited library/information science degree is requested.
Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate.
All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.
Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information about the Libraries and a detailed position announcement: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment
Desired Employee Start Date: 01/02/2017