Government Information Coordinator

Rice University’s Fondren Library seeks creative, dynamic candidates for the Government Information Coordinator. This position presents an opportunity for a highly motivated leader to shape and guide a government information department. The successful candidate will combine expertise in government information and data with a compelling vision for the future of library services.  Candidates should possess a record of excellence in management, a history of collaboration within and beyond the library, strong technical and communication skills, and experience leading successful outreach programs. The position reports to the Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services.


Responsibilities: The Government Information Coordinator develops and leads library services focused on government information and maps. He or she supports research, instruction, and outreach for government information, maps, and social science resources. The Government Information Coordinator manages the library’s government documents, maps, and microforms collections and serves as the liaison to the Federal Depository Library Program. The incumbent also serves as a liaison to a social science department and provides reference support. She or he plans, coordinates and manages the work of 2 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, and 4-6 student workers. This position will collaborate across the library, university, and other organizations to develop innovative services and promote the use and preservation of government information.


Required Qualifications include:

  • Strong public service orientation and understanding of user needs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of US federal government documents and/or social sciences resources in all formats
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, teaching, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with varied user groups and function collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Understanding of emerging practices, standards, and trends in academic libraries
  • Demonstrated flexibility and innovative approach to problem solving
  • Commitment to professional development and service


Salary & benefits: $70,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; a range of retirement options including TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance and tuition waiver.


Environment:  Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies.  Fondren Library ( is a research library with more than 2.8 million volumes and more than 141,000 subscriptions, including titles available through aggregators.  The Library has a state-of-the-art off-site shelving facility.  An active program of digital resource delivery and development is grounded in successful collaboration among library and University staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other library departments and University information technology staff.


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Applications received by November 28, 2018 will receive first consideration. Please apply with cover letter, resumé, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at:


Inquiries:  Melinda Reagor Flannery at (713) 348-3773 or  Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.