COLLECTIONS SPECIALIST, Walt Disney Animation Studios


Location: United States, California, Burbank
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Special Librarianship
Entry Level
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Position Type Full-time
Requisition ID 182925

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been combining the best in artistry and storytelling with cutting-edge technology to bring wonderful new characters and adventures to the big screen for audiences around the world.

Walt Disney Animation Studios is seeking a Collections Specialist (Req # 182925)

= The Collections Specialist will be responsible for all aspects of the receiving, cataloging, archiving and care of the animation artwork created by Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) that is entrusted to the Animation Research Library (ARL). The ARL houses a collection of more than 60,000,000 pieces of original artwork, which includes, but is not limited to, conceptual art, storyboards, maquettes, hand drawn production art, 3D models, textures, image files and final rendered images.
= The Collections Specialist is an integral member of the team of Collection, Research and Exhibit specialists who make up the ARL, and will work closely with these groups in their effort to physically care for and organize this large and valuable collection of animation art. May be called upon to oversee temp labor and/or college interns during specified times of the year.

Collection management and implementation duties:
• Rehouse artwork in the collection into appropriate archival materials
• Archive (including rehouse) backlog of artwork
• Receive new acquisitions into the collection (external acquisitions and internal productions), identify artwork, reorganize according to production order, rehouse and file into existing organizational system in the vaults.
• Identify and implement appropriate storage options based on specific art medium and procure materials as needed
• Proactively manage existing space for physical asset storage and research new methodologies as needed
• Evaluate artwork as handled and identify damage and determine need and type of conservation if necessary
• Manage the acquisition, loan and/or distribution of production maquettes to various Disney business units (this duty could be shared and/or handled by the other Collections Specialist)
• Inventory the sculpture collection and populate sculpture database with appropriate data
• Responsible for the ordering of archival supplies and maintaining a minimum inventory of needed supplies and managing off-site storage inventory of crates and archival materials
• Photodocument and condition report sculptures as requested
• Condition report artwork as requested

= Work with the Collections team to develop and facilitate improved methods of collections care:
• Research new archival techniques, materials, sizes and uses to establish best storage methods to prolong useful life of artwork
• Oversee the content of the sculpture database (including maquette loans, conservation work etc.)
• Participate in conservation related projects as requested
• Assist in the cataloging of artwork as requested for the digitization project
= Liaison with the Research team to develop improved methods to access the collection based on company and departmental priorities, including but not limited to the digitization project and any future projects:
• Assist in preparation work for exhibitions includes packing, framing, condition reporting and exhibition documentation materials
= Oversee all incoming artwork to the collection:
• Manage the transfer of artwork from WDAS Productions to the ARL and provide proper ingestion of artwork from non -WDAS production sources as needed
= Assist with the cataloging of the collection for the digitization project.

• Bachelors degree (Masters degree preferred) in Library Science, Museum Studies, Art History, Fine Arts or related field
• Minimum 3-5 years of hands-on experience handling artwork and/or artifacts
• Ability to identify different art mediums, (i.e., charcoal, pastel, graphite, acrylic, etc.)
• Must be able to identify when artwork is damaged and determine the type(s) of damage (i.e., flaking paint, mold, etc.) in order to establish the need for conservation
• Experience handling small sculptures and some experience packing sculptures for shipment preferable
• Demonstrated ability to problem solve for storage and archiving solutions
• Knowledge of current archival and interleafing materials for storage of artwork
• Ability to identify appropriate vendors to provide art handling and conservation supplies and work with vendors to order specialty supplies
• Experience working with databases (i.e., FileMaker Pro) and spreadsheet software (i.e., Excel)
• Ability to embrace change and adapt to new processes and procedures as needed
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong attention to details
• Ability to work independently with minimal direction and prioritize multiple tasks and to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Appreciation of, and interest in, animation, art history and/or photography.
• Requires the physical ability to lift, push, pull or physically maneuver a minimum of 35 lbs of materials and/or supplies
• Membership in industry associations a plus (i.e., AAM, WMA, RC, etc,), experience with condition reporting and knowledge of Disney animation history, and an understanding of the animation process preferred.

The Walt Disney Company has brought great entertainment to the world for many years. Here’s your opportunity to join us. We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits.

For prompt consideration, please apply via . The Walt Disney Studios is an equal opportunity employer.


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