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Open Educational Resources Coordinator-- University of Houston Libraries

posted Feb 6, 2018, 4:55 AM by Lars Hagelin
The University of Houston is committed to advancing open educational resources and open education. This is a new position and we seek a dynamic leader to collaborate across the university to build an OER program that is responsive to student and faculty needs and promotes new models for student success.


Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services within the University Libraries, this position will lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of a University of Houston Open Educational Resources (OER) program. The coordinator will serve as a member of the University OER Advisory Committee and will engage campus stakeholders, including faculty, students, the university Office of Faculty Engagement and Development, and campus instructional designers in the development and implementation of the program. This position will coordinate library OER services, including assisting faculty in identifying appropriate OER materials and curating sources and support materials.

As a member of the Liaison Services department, the coordinator will collaborate with subject and functional specialists to promote OER adoption throughout the undergraduate curriculum. This position will also be responsible for implementing and coordinating a professional development program for faculty and librarians to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of high-quality OER course materials. This position will provide guidance to faculty on open licensing and copyright in collaboration with the UH Libraries’ Copyright Team. The coordinator will also promote best practices on accessibility, archiving, assessment, attribution, and resource sharing in collaboration with the Libraries’ Digital Research Services department. The incumbent will have opportunities to develop expertise in these areas.

The Open Educational Resources Coordinator is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws. 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; or appropriate combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
  • Knowledge or experience regarding the best practices associated with the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OERs
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively with stakeholders to build programs and initiatives
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with open data sets and licensing
  • Familiarity with assessment methods
  • Familiarity with copyright, open licensing options, fair use, author rights, archiving rights, institutional repositories, scholarly publishing, associated legal and policy issues
  • Familiarity with trends in open education and the intersection with scholarly communications
Salary: $64,000 to $67,000 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.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at:

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

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.