Society of Southwest Archivists

Archivist (Description and Access) | The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

  • 20 Jul 2023 8:03 PM
    Message # 13230509
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)


    Under the supervision of the Manager for Archives Cataloging, this position will arrange, describe, and catalog 19th - 21st century manuscript collections from the Center's literary, film, and performing arts holdings.


    • Identifies, houses, arranges, and describes archival materials in a variety of formats including born-digital. Consults with curatorial staff as needed.
    • Using DACS and other standards, creates and edits descriptive XML finding aids using Oxygen and EAD. schema. Catalog collection-related audiovisual material at the item level in the Center's content management system.
    • Identifies conservation needs and performs minor preservation tasks. Consults with Preservation and Conservation staff as needed.
    • Performs limited indexing of assigned collections using Library of Congress Authorities and other sources.
    • Participates in the planning and execution of departmental projects.
    • Stays abreast of professional issues and tools related to archival processing and engage in campus, regional, and national scholarly and professional organizations and activities.
    • Public service or reference work, including occasional Saturday hours.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with an emphasis on archival coursework or training.

    • Demonstrated experience working with archival materials in a variety of formats, including born-digital records.

    • Knowledge of and experience with relevant descriptive standards for archival collections (DACS, EAD, LCSH, AAT, etc.). 

    • Familiarity with preservation and conservation methods applied to archival materials.

    • Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, workflows, standards, and best practices in archives and special collections.

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).

    • Detail oriented with ability to organize and prioritize tasks.

    • Outstanding team orientation, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

    • Demonstrated commitment to expanding skills and professional growth.

    Salary Range:

    $50,000 (non-negotiable)

    For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

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