The University of Houston Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative librarian to serve as the liaison to the departments of Biology & Biochemistry and Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Both departments grant bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, providing many opportunities to work with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers in the areas of instruction, collection development, outreach, and research support. As a member of the Science Team within the Liaison Services Department, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to shared initiatives across science and engineering disciplines and collaborate with health science librarians and other liaisons on projects that support the development of a new Health Sciences Library and its services. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to build expertise and services as part of UH Libraries effort to advance digital research services, with an emphasis on bioinformatics and digital research tools related to the sciences.
Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians' Bylaws. 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 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.
The 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 over 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.
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 agendas, 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.
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program - Demonstrated excellent communication skill and strong service orientation - Ability to work strategically in a complex, changing environment - Proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as faculty and students. - Degree or significant coursework in the natural sciences with an emphasis on biology and/or chemistry; or professional experience relevant to the natural sciences in an academic research library - Demonstrated awareness of faculty and graduate student needs at a research institution; or demonstrated awareness of the scientific research process, including the impact of emerging digital tools and methodologies on that process
- Experience in library instruction and assessment - Experience in collection development - Project management and analytical skills - Demonstrated initiative and creativity - Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with bioinformatics tools
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: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment
The position is available after September 1, 2017.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, we educate more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 200,000 alumni. UH is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university.