Ronda Rowe

807 East 48th St.

Austin, TX  78751

(512) 294-8307





The University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin                                                           1994 – present


Perry-Castañeda Library                                                                                                              

Interim Head Librarian, Acquisitions Services                                                                                    4/2011 – present

·         Negotiate new and renewing license agreements with 3rd party vendors and navigate complex UT purchasing requirements for acquisitions totaling approximately  $15 M annually

·         Supervise 6 direct reports who oversee receiving, invoicing, ordering and processing the acquisitions workflow and indirectly supervise 11 staff supporting their function

·         Communicate via email, conference calls, and direct meetings with publishers, vendors, content providers and technology suppliers about resources, content changes, policy requirements, and to solve technical glitches

·         Create order records, update existing order records, and pay invoices using Innovative Interface’s Millennium acquisitions and serials modules; also run Fund Activity Reports and Voucher outputs when needed

·         Attended “Managerial Best Practices” series from UTHR  in order to gain information and skills for managing


Resource Acquisitions Coordinator, Acquisitions Services                                                                                          6/2010 – present

Networked Information Bibliographer, Research Services                                                                                            2/1997 – 5/2010

·         Recognized for experience and expertise, and transferred into Acquisitions Services; took on additional duties in Acquisitions while maintaining existing responsibilities from Research Services position

·         Evaluate, review and process new and ongoing license agreements for electronic resource acquisitions and ensure these resources will work in a networked environment

·         Analyze technical specifications for conversions of print resources to electronic versions, assess licensing terms and recommend acquisition of appropriate resources (databases, electronic journals and books, encyclopedias, etc.) for all 12 branches of University of Texas Libraries

·         Supervise 4 direct reports who oversee receiving and invoicing materials for the library

·         Oversee the workflow management of the invoicing and  receiving of materials ordered

·         Maintain a web-based database to generate web pages for the library web site; each database record includes the title, link, description, subject headings and other pertinent metadata needed to secure web access; this database serves as the primary authority file for the majority of the library's online subscriptions and is used to generate URLs for the online catalog; produces contact pages for all the subject specialists in the library and main index page for web-based subject bibliographies

·         Researched and vetted linking and discovery systems; acquired the SFX OpenURL Resolver and MetaLib federated search software; serve as primary administrator for SFX and MetaLib, train and oversee system integration for all staff, continue as administrator for link management, troubleshooting and system updates

·         Researched and vetted electronic resource management software; acquired SerialsSolutions 360 Core, serve as backup administrator, assist with training and oversee system integration.

·         Solve technical issues as assigned through the TAP (Troubleshooting Access Issues) system; resolve up to 200 trouble tickets annually; tickets cover problems with subscriptions, on and off campus authentication, and platform support

·         Administer 3 library listservs used to communicate with staff regarding changes to networked information resources

·         Serve as subject bibliographer for Anthropology and for Australian & New Zealand Studies; include selection of print and electronic materials, faculty and student liaison, management of materials funds and library instruction

·         Serve as webmaster for the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian & New Zealand Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and for the Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA)




Library Assistant I, Reference and Information Services Department                                                                         6/96 - 2/97

·         Provided  superior customer service for graduate and undergraduate students in all subject areas, utilizing both print and electronic reference resources

·         Designated appropriate locations for newly cataloged reference materials using the Interactive Circulation System developed at the University of Texas Libraries

·         Taught classes for Class of the Day and Staff Training in Electronic Resources; created print and web instructional materials to support instruction work


Undergraduate Library                                                                                                                 

Library Assistant I, Reference and Information Services Department                                                                         11/94 - 2/97

·         Provided superior customer service for undergraduate students in all subject areas, utilizing both print and electronic reference resources; created and maintained Ready Reference materials (both print and web-based)

·         Hired, supervised, scheduled and evaluated 3 - 5 direct reports who oversaw shelving for the reference department; revised and maintained procedures manual for the shelving of all reference materials.

·         Taught classes for the Library Instruction program and  for the Internet Consulting Office; created print and web instructional materials to support instruction work


School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin                                                                    6/97 - 7/97

Adjunct Professor

·         Taught a 3-credit summer course called Introduction to Internet Resources and Services (LIS f341) to a class of 29 graduate and undergraduate students 


Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Moorhead, MN                                                                                   9/87 - 1/90           

Circulation Services Clerk

·         Provided circulation services (1 of 4 full-time clerks) at the circulation desk of an active public library

·         Maintained book card files, generated overdue notices and ensured collection of revenue


Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN                                                            9/82 - 8/87          

Student Library Assistant

·         Processed requests for Tri-College Interlibrary Services Department; fulfilled up to 500 orders annually

·         Educated individual library users on research documents and periodicals locations.  Provided superior customer service to over 300 clients per year





Bon Suisse Export Company, San Diego, CA                                                                                                          2/93 - 8/94   

Export Office Manager

·         Coordinated the export of dairy products from U. S. to Mexico; communicated with Mexican vendors in Spanish and ensured compliance with export regulations

·         Generated revenue through distribution of purchase orders, invoices and account statements to vendors and customers using financial management software (Quicken)


United States Peace Corps, Ecuador, South America                                                                                           2/90 - 5/92           

Cattle Extensionist/Large animal husbandry

·         Advised local government officials and cattle farmers about services and programs available through the U. S. government to increase cattle production and the efficient use of resources

·         Introduced a purebred sheep livestock alternative through forming a cooperative of local farmers; also wrote and received a small business development grant to purchase 50 purebred sheep and distributed to cooperative members

·         Obtained moneys to develop a collection of print resources for the local primary school






        University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

                Masters in Library and Information Science.  May, 1996

                Coursework emphasis in academic reference librarianship

        Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

                B. A., Psychology/English Literature (cum laude).  1987

                Minor emphasis in Spanish Literature





"Web-Scale Discovery: A Review of Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and WorldCat Local." The Charleston Advisor 12.1 (2010): 5-10. <>


"More on Web-Scale Discovery: A Review of Encore Synergy and Primo Central." The Charleston Advison 12.4 (2011): 11-15.. <>





March 2011         ICOLC Panel on National/Global Ideas for Ebooks, Austin TX

·         Served as a panel member and participant at the International Coalition of Library Consortia spring meeting.  Gave a talk on the licensing issues related to ebooks, including DRM, copyright issues, and format compatibility.


March 2011         Electronic Resources & Libraries Annual Conference, Austin, TX

·         Presented a talk entitled “Does every cloud have a silver lining: moving from local to remote host” for the Electronic Resources & Libraries annual conference.  Also served on the Local Logistics Committee for conference planning.


November 2010 Charleston Conference, Charleston SC

·         Provided a pre-conference called A Comparative Overview of Journal Discovery Systems: Library Users Offer Their Experiences as a panel member and participant..  Also attended the conference.


June 2010             Taming the Licensing Tiger: New Formats, New Standards, New Challenges, Washington DC

·         Attended a one-day workshop on licensing sponsored by ALCTS.  Covered new formats, emerging standards (DLF-ERMi, SERU, ONIX-PL) and their impact on policies and procedures; staffing and workflow; and negotiations. 


April 2010           Texas Library Association Annual Conference, San Antonio TX

·         Served as a panel member and participant for a session called Tackling E-Content.  Gave a talk called “Getting to Go: Resource Access and Discovery” which discussed many issues, including vendor URLs, link management, OpenURL, federated search and user support.


April 2009           Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Houston TX

·         Served as a panel member and participant for a session called Federated Searching:  What Works for the Customer.  Gave a talk called “Federated Search on $5 a day” which discussed our MetaLib implementation and how we’ve positioned the service at our library. 


July 2008              ELUNA Annual Conference, Long Beach CA

·         Attended the annual meeting of Ex Libris Users of North America.  I’ve gone to this conference several times and given presentations at a few.  I manage our ELUNA membership for the library.  From 2005-2008, I served on the board of the MetaLib Product Working Group for ELUNA.







Discovery Working Group (ongoing)

Assessment Team (ongoing)

Electronic Resource Data Management Librarian Search Committee (Summer 2010)

Metadata Librarian, Cataloging & Metadata Services Search Committee (Spring 2007)

Electronic Serials Management Group (2001 - 2006)

Head Librarian, Serials and Electronic Resources Search Committee (Fall 2005)

Head Librarian, Reference and Information Services Search Committee (Spring-Summer 2005)

Head Librarian, Fine Arts Library Search Committee (Spring 2004)

Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction Search Committee (Spring 2001)

Professional Staff Personnel Committee (2004-2006) (2000 - 2002)

Circulation Services Committee (2002 - 2003) (1997 - 1999)

Social and Community Activities Committee (2000 - 2004)

Collection Development Management Group (1997 - 2006)

Director's Staff Honors Award (1998)

Collections and Information Resources Division Search Committee (Spring-Summer 1998)

Undergraduate Library Services Division Strategic Planning Committee (Fall 1998)

Undergraduate Library Services Division Search Committee (Summer 1997)









American Library Association

Texas Library Association

Phi Kappa Phi (honorary academic fraternity)

Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA)