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Director of the Digital Research Commons

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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. 


Required -

●      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, or an advanced degree in the humanities or social sciences with demonstrated experience in digital scholarship, digital humanities, or data curation.

●      Excellent oral and written communication skills.

●      Ability to work in team-based environment, both within the Libraries and with faculty, staff, and students

Preferred -

●      Knowledge of data mining and data visualization research tools

●      Experience with grant writing

Salary: $76,000 to $80,000 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.

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.

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 agenda, the Libraries can significantly impact the success of campus research, preserve and expand access to scholarship at UH, and document research excellence.

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 and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/07/26/houston-tops-our-list-of-americas-coolest-cities-to-live/).

For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: https://www.visithoustontexas.com/.  For information about housing and living in Houston see:  http://www.houston.org/living/index.html.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted at:  http://jobs.uh.edu/postings/33339

Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information:   http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Resource Management, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu .