Richard P. Jasper

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In June 1999 I began working at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library as the assistant director for collections. Please direct work-related correspondence to me at:

1133 M.D. Anderson Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-799-7126
Fax: 713-790-5062


After receiving my M.Ln. (Master of Librarianship) from Emory University in 1985, I went to work for the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor, first as an assistant librarian in the Acquisitions Department, then as collection management coordinator for the Undergraduate Library. During my first two years at U-M, I was a member of the Research Library Residency Program, which was created in 1983 and is still on-going.


In 1989 I returned to Emory as head of the Acquisitions Department for the General Libraries. After nearly five years, I left Acquisitions in early 1994 to serve as coordinator of the Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections and Services, the General Libraries' electronic text center. A year later (1995), once the Beck Center was up and running, I returned to a newly reorganized Acquisitions Department, where I supervised nine staff in the searching, ordering, and receiving of mostly monographic materials.


In late 1996 I began what was in effect a one-quarter to one-half assignment on our Library Design Team. This group of ten people from all areas of the General Libraries were charged with coming up with a new design for our organization, addressing all aspects of the organization. We completed our work in June 1998, when our efforts were ratified by a Library Steering Committee and our Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, Dr. Joan I. Gotwals. The design was then given over to an Implementation Coordinating Team which has spent the past year figuring out how to turn our concepts into day-to-day reality. The design is scheduled to go "live" in the summer of 1999.

Concurrent with the overall library redesign, staff in the Collections and Technical Services Division undertook a parallel reorganization focusing on workflow within CaTS. As a result of this reorganization, all CaTS department heads stepped down as their departments were dissolved and replaced by teams. In April 1998 I began new assignments as the General Libraries' electronic licensing coordinator (a responsibility carried over from my Acquisitions days), as CaTS liaison coordinator (a job focusing on internal customer service), and as a member of the CaTS Documentation & Training Team. The latter involved working on the CaTS Documentation Website, maintained by Richard Gess.

These new and reconfigured responsibilities were exciting and challenging, allowing me to give new focus to licensing issues and to refine existing skills in customer service, documentation and training.

ALA Involvement

Over the years I have been very active in research librarianship's professional organization, the American Library Association, having served on committees at almost every level of ALA. My most significant involvement was as chair of the Publisher/Vendor-Library Relations Committee, a position I held during 1991-1993.

More recently I have begun exploring resources for staff development and training within ALA. In addition to ALCTS, I am also a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Social Responsibilities Roundtable (SRRT).

I'm not looking for another job but I've decided having my curriculum vitae online is a good idea. Likewise, I've compiled a summary of my professional competencies, which expands and enlarges upon the dry, dusty details of when, where and what. Take a look if you're interested.

Last Updated: January 2000