The Harry Ransom Center seeks candidates for the position of Metadata and Cataloging Librarian for Special Formats. The Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. With over 42 million literary manuscripts, nearly one million rare books, over five million photographs and 100,000 works of art, the Center is actively engaged in strategic planning around developing, managing, interpreting, and caring for the Center’s rare and unique collections, in accordance with the highest professional standards and a commitment to inclusion and diversity. A reconceived unit for Description & Access to Printed & Published Media now seeks a skilled and collaborative professional, engaged with the dynamic environment of bibliographic metadata, to join our cataloging team.

Reporting to the Metadata Librarian & Head of Description and Access, Printed & Published Media, the Metadata and Cataloging Librarian for Special Formats will use expertise in rare books and special formats cataloging to enhance access and discovery for a variety of Ransom Center collections, while contributing to cross-departmental metadata initiatives and shaping new cataloging approaches compatible with current and emerging initiatives such as linked data, RDF, BibFrame, etc.  

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The Ransom Center’s early book and manuscript collections include 16th- through 18th-century printed works in the Wrenn library, the Pforzheimer library of early modern books and manuscripts, the Recusant collection, the Queen Anne collection, and extensive holdings of 18th-century books and periodicals. The Robert Lee Wolff Collection of 19th-century Fiction includes more than 18,000 volumes of Victorian fiction published in Britain between 1820 and 1910. Printed holdings from the 20th- through 21st centuries are rich in author collections and author libraries which supplement our literary manuscript and archival collections. More information about printed collections, as well as collections in art, photography, performing arts, literature and film can be found at   


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