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Head of Reader & Viewer Services
Job Description:
The Head, reporting to the Associate Director for the Library Division, has the primary responsibility of providing leadership, supervision, and management for the daily operations of the Harry Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. The Head cultivates an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere to researchers across disciplines and with various research competencies by training and mentoring currently a team made up of five FTE and seven students, as well as facilitating and developing policies and procedures that ensure the unit meets its strategic goals. The Library Division embraces a highly collaborative environment and the Head works closely with other units and teams regarding reference, instruction and outreach, safety and security, cataloging, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

About the Harry Ransom Center: 

The Ransom 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. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.

The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. To learn more about our institutional mission and values, visit: 
Position: Head of Reader & Viewer Services
Organization: Harry Ransom Center
Location: Austin,  TX 
United States
Salary: Minimum salary: $57,500
Posting Start Date: 1/3/2022
Date Posted: 10/26/2021


  • Administer and oversee special collections reading room and research services operations, including reception, circulation, security, reference, and paging to ensure high-quality and user-centered service to all researchers and classroom users; work closely with curatorial and research services staff to support the Center's active teaching initiatives; formulate, revise, and implement public services policies and procedures in response to evolving operational needs; interpret and communicate such policies to students, faculty, and staff. oversee reading room security while creating an inviting and welcoming space for researchers with diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Supervise, train, and schedule library administrative assistant, members of the circulation and paging staff, Federal Work Study students, and other public services employees, including staff mentoring and cultivation of a dynamic, inclusive, and highly collaborative workplace environment.
  • Work closely with curatorial, conservation and cataloging staff to ensure the highest standards of collection care; track use of collection materials using the Aeon system and oversee research services statistics.
  • Serve as a member of the reference and research services staff and answer or refer questions from patrons relating to all collections; process photoduplication orders and provide guidance regarding copyright issues and permissions.
  • In collaboration with curators and faculty, interpret collections through participation in classroom presentations, demonstrations, tours, web/print publications, and small exhibitions.
  • Participate in professional development activities and training.
  • Other related functions as assigned.
  • Occasional Saturday hours required.
For more details and to apply, visit:

Please join us for an open zoom webinar informational session about the position:
Thursday November 4th at 11:00 am Central Daylight Time
Zoom link: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97711935976.


Status: This listing expires on: 1/24/2022
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Organization Information
Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin,  TX 78713-7219
United States
(512) 471-4957
Leah Bush