Resource Description and Management Coordinator - (LIB000051)

University of Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

The Resource Description and Management Coordinator provides leadership and expertise for the resource description and management unit within the Metadata and Digitization Services (MDS) department. Reporting to the Head of MDS, the successful candidate will be responsible for performing ongoing batch process functions, including sets creation, global updates, authority reports, and bibliographic record loads from various systems. In addition to tracking trends, standards, and practices in resource description classification, this person leads quality control activities in the library services platform, including bibliographic, item, and authority records, and transfer and withdrawal projects. As a leader in the department, the Resource Description and Management Coordinator is responsible for d eveloping and documenting policies and procedures, providing training for staff in the use of the library services platform, and mentoring employees in planning and goal-setting. This person also supervises a team of two full-time librarians, four full-time classified staff employees, and student workers.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to work in a team-based environment and collaborate across the libraries to set priorities and ensure alignment with UH Libraries and university goals. They will be encouraged and supported to develop skills in the areas of supervision, leadership, and project management.

The Resource Description and Management Coordinator is a librarian position. Librarians hold rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are required 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.

We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

$68,000 to 70,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted by going to: . Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, at 713-743-9761 or

Library Information:
UH Libraries is 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 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at: .

UH Libraries is in the process of developing a new strategic plan in alignment with the University’s ambitious new plan: . We seek to recruit librarians who can relate the directions of the university to, and understand their role in, advancing these strategic imperatives.

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.

General Information:
The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.

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. For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: . For information about housing and living in Houston see: .

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

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Qualifications :

Required : Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program ; e xperience with current resource description standards/formats (RDA, LCSH, LCC, and MARC) and OCLC systems and functions; e xperience with library services platforms, such as Ex Libris Alma, for resource description, batch data retrieval, reports, and global update functionalities; a bility to work effectively in a collaborative environment.

Preferred : Familiarity with bibliographic authority control (NACO) and maintenance; k nowledge of BIBFRAME, linked data, wikidata, and semantic web concepts; k nowledge of archival and rare materials description standards, such as DACS and DCRM; s upervisory experience; l eadership or project management experience.

Notes to Applicant: Applicants are asked to submit the names and contact information of three references. Official transcripts are required for a librarian appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive; appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

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