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Assistant Head of Research Materials Procurement-- University of Houston Libraries

posted Nov 30, 2017, 5:02 AM by Lars Hagelin
http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/assistant-head-of-research-materials-procurement/

The UH Libraries' Research Materials Procurement (RMP) department manages the Libraries' materials budget, the purchasing of all physical and electronic resources, and the resource sharing and document delivery services. Reporting to the Head of RMP, the Assistant Head of RMP will directly oversee the continuing resources unit, with responsibility for acquiring, licensing, and maintaining access to continuing resources in all formats. The person in this position will be responsible for negotiating license agreements with publishers and vendors for the acquisition and renewal of electronic resource subscriptions and one-time purchases in a variety of formats including journals, ebooks, databases, data sets, and streaming media. As a leader in the department, this position is also responsible for leading a team of staff and students, including direct supervision of two full-time staff members and indirect supervision of two staff members and three students. In the absence of the Head of RMP, this person will be responsible for the daily management of the staff and department and may be asked to represent the department at meetings of the Leadership Advisory Council or other bodies.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to work in a team based environment and collaborate across the library to set priorities and move the library in new directions in alignment with the UH Libraries 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. Responsibilities will include tracking trends in electronic resources management, open access publishing, and alternative acquisition and access models to maximize access to the Libraries' continuing resources. A key element will include building effective relationships and communication with vendors and subject selectors about potential purchases, renewals, and cancellations and providing relevant data, such as cost information and usage statistics.

General responsibilities of the position will include investigating technical requirements and platform compatibility with library systems for potential electronic resource acquisitions, troubleshooting electronic resources access issues for internal and external users, performing financial planning and analysis for continuing resources budgets, and serving on the Libraries' Collection Management Committee and Electronic Resources Management Team.

The Assistant Head of RMP is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians' Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work strategically in a complex, changing environment
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, negotiating license agreements
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience managing print and electronic serials in a library
  • Experience managing database subscriptions and life cycles
  • Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property in libraries
  • Supervisory experience
Salary: $64,000 to 68,000 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.

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.

Apply at: http://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/assistant-head-of-research-materials-procurement/

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or chgola@uh.edu.

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. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
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