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Rachel Vacek

Librarian
Head of Web Services

About

Rachel Vacek is an Associate Librarian and Head of Web Services 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 library staff. She has has extensive experience in many areas within academic libraries, including management, reference, technology and information literacy instruction, marketing, event planning, electronic resources management, computer and networking support, and web services.


Rachel is the President of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) for 2014-2015, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and an ALA Emerging Leader. She enjoys speaking and writing about user experience, library web technologies, and leadership in libraries. She is a published author and has presented at many local and national conferences, including Internet Librarian, the LITA Forum, and ALA Annual.

Background

Rachel is originally from Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree in English (BA) from the University of Dayton in 1999 and her master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.

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.