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Phone:713-743-5820
Department:
  • Web Services

Rachel Vacek

Librarian
Head of Web Services

About

Rachel Vacek is an Associate Librarian and is currently the Head of Web Services. In this position 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.

Rachel is the 2014-2015 President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader.

Her research and professional interests include user experience, information architecture, open source technologies, digital libraries, and leadership. 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 southwest Ohio and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Dayton and her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Before coming to work at the UH Libraries, she previously worked Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and 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.