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Rachel Vacek

Librarian
Head of Web Services

About

Rachel Vacek has been a librarian for over 12 years and has extensive experience in many areas within academic libraries, including management, reference, instruction, electronic resources management, computer and networking support, and web services.

She's an Associate Librarian and Head of Web Services in the Libraries where she strives to streamline and integrate web-based access to library resources and services in support of the teaching, research and learning needs of the University of Houston community, as well as provide innovative resources and tools to librarians and library staff. She is passionate about the library profession and capitalizing on emerging technologies to help communicate, teach, and learn from one another.

She brings a well-rounded perspective to the table having taught classes, led information literacy initiatives, provided reference, maintained electronic resources and redesigned large websites. Managing 4 staff and 2 librarians within a web services department in a large research library has provided her with a unique understanding of the needs of different areas within libraries.

She is an active member in the professional field of web librarianship. In 2014, she was named one of Library Journal's 50 Movers & Shakers of the library world. In May of 2013, she was elected as the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Vice-President/President-Elect. In 2007, Rachel was chosen to participate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program designed to help develop the next generation of library leaders. She is a published author and has presented at many local and national conferences, including Internet Librarian, the LITA National Forum, and ALA Annual.

Background

Rachel is originally from the Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dayton and her master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Before coming to work at the UH Libraries, she previously worked for the Miami University Libraries, in Oxford, Ohio, and the Walker Management Library at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

At the University of Houston, she was the Web Services Coordinator from October 2007 to February 2010, and became head of the department in March 2010.