Jennifer Rebekah Talley

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320 Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Metadata Librarian


Jen is a metadata librarian and the liaison to Special Collections for the Metadata Section of Technical Services. 


Jen received her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and Master of Arts in English through the dual-masters program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she cataloged early Michigan newspapers in a sub-basement at the Detroit Public Library, had a brief stint as a reference librarian at a small public library and an even briefer stint as an elementary school media specialist, and spent seven years cataloging microforms for ProQuest's Early English Books product. 

Jen has taken several classes at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School, and has particular knowledge and experience in bibliographic description of pre-19th century published materials from Western Europe. She has been a member of the Library's Diversity Council and currently works with the Safe Space Special Interest Group. 


Jen creates and enhances bibliographic records, including classification and subject analysis, for material ranging from early 17th century books in French and Latin to new Labadie Collection acquisitions for Special Collections. She also works with materials needing complex cataloging for various other collections across campus, including, but not limited to, monographs, serials, microfilm, DVDs, and maps.