from UT School of Information

Location: United States, New York, New York City
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Preservation/ Conservation Entry Level


Description The Preservation Department of New York University Libraries seeks an energetic individual to manage NYU Libraries’ moving image and sound preservation program. The program comprises a suite of activities that includes appraisal, format identification, condition review, cleaning, re-housing, and preservation re-mastering for motion picture film, video and sound recordings.
= The moving image preservation specialist also oversees grant-related projects.
= S/he directs, trains and supervises full-time and part-time staff to assist in these activities.
= Moving image and sound materials currently held in NYU Libraries include: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion picture film and a mixture of video formats spread across several archives and special collections. An assortment of formats can also be found among audio collections.
= The moving image preservation specialist also assists in the development of preservation goals and objectives, procedures, and policies for moving image and sound materials.
= S/he evaluates collections to assess preservation needs and collaborates with curators in setting priorities and arranging treatment and processing schedules.
= The specialist implements standard procedures for handling, examining, describing, and assessing moving image collections; ensures adherence to established access, storage, and handling policies for these materials; manages workflow for media transfers, including preservation re-mastering operations to meet preservation standards; communicates with vendors for outside services needed; and manages day-to-day activities of an active moving image preservation program.
= In administering the program, the specialist trains and supervises one full-time staff and two part-time graduate assistants from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP) in the NYU Cinema Studies Department as well as additional student assistants as needed.
= The moving image preservation specialist also supervises staff working on grant-related programs for media as needed within the Libraries preservation department.
= The moving image preservation specialist position is a permanent professional appointment and reports to the head of the Libraries’ Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department.
= NYU Libraries has an active preservation program for motion picture video and audio collections equipped with two labs designed to facilitate viewing, describing, cleaning, re-housing, and reformatting of moving image materials. An audio lab is under development. The specialist will manage the moving image and sound preservation program and provide leadership as the program continues to develop and mature.
= The incumbent will assist in grant-writing and grant project initiatives as needed.
= NYU seeks an individual who is active in professional organizations and who enjoys participation in the professional community of moving image and sound preservation.

= Formal training in moving image technology or equivalent experience, together with extensive experience in moving image archiving and preservation, including knowledge of the recommended practices and guidelines for archival restoration and transfer of moving images;
= strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a fluid, complex organization and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
= commitment to the education of future preservationists.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY Please send a letter stating your qualifications, include your curriculum vitae, and three references that document your main activities in preservation, and any relevant publications to:

Ms. Janet Koztowski Human Resources Director New York University Libraries 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

Fax: 212-995-4070 E-mail: .

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Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NYU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

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