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Position Announcement
Instruction Librarian
University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston is seeking an energetic and innovative instruction librarian to join the instruction team within the Liaison Services department and as a member of the Instruction Management Committee. This position offers the opportunity to work collaboratively within the Instruction Management Committee and with liaison librarians to influence programmatic initiatives focused on university-wide information literacy learning outcomes, strategic targeting of high impact classes, and the development of a robust online learning curriculum. The successful candidate will also collaborate on the design, teaching, and assessment of library instruction curricula for several multi-section undergraduate courses including English composition, engineering technical writing, public speaking, psychology research methods, and more. In addition, there will be a strong emphasis on utilizing active learning techniques as well as mentoring and training teaching librarians on pedagogy and assessment strategies. The position reports to the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach.

The University of Houston is a dynamic, forward moving university with goals emphasizing both national research competitiveness and students success. The instruction program is well positioned across campus and an active collaborator in student success initiatives. Instruction librarians are expected to proactively develop partnerships with faculty to advance these initiatives.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams, with staff at all levels, as well as faculty and students.

Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They   support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Required –
·        ALA-accredited Master’s degree

·        Demonstrated excellent communication skills and strong service orientation

·        Demonstrated interest or coursework in library instruction

·        Knowledge of instructional strategies

·        Familiarity with active learning techniques

·        Familiarity with instruction assessment practices

Preferred –
·        Classroom teaching experience

Salary: $52,000 to $54,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications and experience. 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.              

Library Information: The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, 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. Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff. Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition. Further information and the complete document are available at: . The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University ( We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of about 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.

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 very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (

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:

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000. Applications may also be submitted by email to: .

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or .

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