Digital Initiatives Coordinator (New Position)

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Head of Systems, the
Digital Initiatives Coordinator will manage or provide
technical support for diverse special projects involving
digital information and cutting-edge computing/networking
technologies. Supervises the Digital Initiatives Fellow
(recipient of a two-year fellowship). Acts as a liaison to
library departments about emerging digital information
infrastructure needs. Evaluates and recommends new
technologies. Develops or supervises development of
project-related Web sites, software, and support systems as
required. Works closely with the Digital Services
Coordinator about related Web/Millennium issues and the
Coordinator of Distributed Computing about related
server/workstation support issues. Examines digital
preservation issues.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited master's degree. Strong
analytic, problem solving, communication, and negotiating
skills. Ability to cooperatively set and effectively attain
goals in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
Broad knowledge of digital technologies, markup/metadata
standards, and best practices. Significant Web design and
development experience. Preferred: Training in or experience
with database-driven Web sites and Web-related programming
languages and tools. Supervisory experience.

Salary: $41,000 to $46,000 expected hiring range, depending
on qualifications. Excellent benefits package, including
choice of health coverage; choice of retirement programs
including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available;
release time to take a class up to 3 hrs/week; no state or
local income tax.

Library Information: Reporting to the Assistant Dean for
Systems, the Systems Department consists of the Head of
Systems, the Coordinator of Distributed Computing, the
Digital Initiatives Coordinator, the Digital Initiatives
Fellow, the Digital Services Coordinator, and six exempt
technical professionals. It supports a UNIX server for the
Java-based Millennium integrated library system (Innovative
Interfaces), two Linux-based Apache Web servers, an NT-based
Microsoft IIS Web server, and a Citrix MetaFrame Server. It
will use ColdFusion to create database-driven Web sites. It
also supports over 350 networked NT workstations in the main
library and four branch libraries; over a dozen CD-ROM, NT,
and IntranetWare servers; a large-scale internal network
(the Libraries are in the process of migrating to a
100Base-T/Gigabit Ethernet network), and numerous software
packages. The Libraries anticipate the construction of a
large new wing on the main library in the near future that
will greatly expand their computing and networking
infrastructure. Additional information available at

The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research
Libraries, the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, and the
Texas Digital Library Alliance. They hold over 2 million
volumes and have a current materials budget of $6 million.
Total staff includes 48 professionals and 120 support staff.
Additional information available at:

General Information: The University of Houston campus
comprises 14 colleges and schools offering close to 80
degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 32,000
students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.
Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan
Houston, UH is the most ethnically diverse research
university campus in the nation.

Houston is a vital force in the commerce of the nation. It
has established a flourishing cultural life rivaled by few
cities in the world. Within easy reach of the Gulf of
Mexico, Houston enjoys a low cost of living, and was rated
third among livable North American cities by Places Rated
Almanac. For additional facts about Houston, including
information about its housing market, flourishing arts
scene, low cost of living, plus other interesting tidbits of
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Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until
the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of
3 references, and resume to John Lehner, Library Human
Resources Director, University of Houston, 114 University
Libraries, Houston, TX 77204-2000.