We require a minimum commitment of 2 months, for at least 16 hours a week. Internships are unpaid. Preference is given to intern applicants receiving credit at their educational institution. All internships are based in our Brooklyn office, convenient to the Atlantic Terminal / Barclays Center (2,3,4,5,B,D,Q,N, & R trains), LIRR, and the C (Lafayette) and G (Fulton) trains.
The WITNESS Media Archive is a repository of over 5000 hours of video, both tape- and file-based, recorded and produced by human rights activists around the world over the past 20 years. The Media Archive is also a leader in the development of training resources aimed at non-professional archivists and activists who are managing their own human rights video collections.
Interns train under the supervision of an Archivist, performing a variety of hands-on tasks including cataloging, tape capture, digital ingest, research / reference, access provision, documentation of archival processes, training resource development support, and other administrative tasks for the archive.
By the end of the internship, the intern will have learned how to:
Create metadata for unpublished human rights video footage in a cataloging database.
Handle and identify various video formats in the collection.
Use software tools to capture, analyze, view, transfer video files.
Understand the processes and components of a digital archiving workflow within a small organization.
Liaise with content creators and program staff to acquire content for the archive.
We are seeking interns enrolled in a graduate program related to moving image archiving and preservation, archival studies, or library/information science. We also review applications from recent graduates who may be seeking the same type of mentorship and educational focus related to their career choice or educational background.
There is no application deadline and no salary information provided.
- Responsible for accessioning archival materials including both paper and electronic; interact with staff to evaluate record submissions.
- Process (arrange, describe, re-house) archival materials according to current industry standards including creation of processing plans; appraisal evaluations; and DACS-compliant EAD finding aids and MARC records.
- Provide reference services for in-house staff and external researchers as directed, including researching and answering reference questions for staff, and providing reference assistance via telephone, e-mail and in person for external researchers.
- Supervise archives interns and volunteers as needed providing a friendly and challenging work environment.
- Ensure quality and uniformity of archives records; perform retrospective changes or upgrades to individual records as needed.
- Collaborate on special projects with curatorial, registrar, legal, and other museum departments as needed.
Qualifications and Requirements:
MLIS or equivalent; Bachelor’s in Art or Art history preferred
Minimum three years experience working with archival collections
Strong communication and organizational skills
Must be able to lift up to 40 lb boxes
Knowledge of Museum purposes, organization, and procedures preferred.
Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently in various environments ranging from office setting to warehouse storage facilities.
Photo Archivist, One Kings Lane, NYC
Launched in 2009, One Kings Lane is a leading online destination for the home, connecting daily design inspiration with top-brand, designer, and vintage items you won’t find anywhere else. We’re revolutionizing the home decor market by bringing shoppers a fresh assortment of products every day of the year. We are rapidly growing and have our sights set on becoming a billion dollar business and the next great lifestyle brand.
We are looking for someone with a passion for photography and design to join our team as photo archivist. You’ll have a good eye for photography, some design interest or background so you can help us organize, tag and search our archive.
Archivist / Digital Asset Manager, VS+Company, NYC
DescriptionVS+Company is a New York City based creative agency, specializing in artist representation, creative services, fine art restoration, retouching and printing services. VS+Company is seeking a dedicated individual to be the company Archivist / Digital Asset Manager.
– Working with asset creators across different departments to ensure archival workflow is followed and organizational mistakes are corrected before archiving
– Archiving files and physical prints produced for photography, creative, retouching, and restoration
– Organizing project files on the server and following protocols for how jobs are archived
– Confirming all data is properly and redundantly copied to the archive and archive backups
– Keeping track of content archived across local and offsite storage systems
– Monitoring the health and integrity of archived files across two unique storage systems
– Performing biweekly and quarterly backups
– Ensuring there is always an appropriate amount of working space on the server
– Conducting all archive related projects and image research
– Updating internal database catalogs, websites, and portfolios with images and image metadata
– Coordinating image syndication with Trunk Archive
– Researching new software and technology to keep company’s archive current
– Improving the interdepartmental archiving protocols, helping company establish a new workflow for the creative services team
The Metadata and Collections Librarian plays an active role in the ongoing work of the Technical Services team and is responsible for cataloging material in all formats including digital resources and special collections material. This position will work closely with colleagues to evaluate and document policies, procedures and workflows for cataloging, database maintenance and non-MARC metadata creation within the library. In addition to metadata creation and maintenance, this position will participate in the selection of print and digital material for Watson library, and serves as the point person for the management of the Robert Lehman Library. This librarian will participate in additional library initiatives including reference, digitization, instruction, social media, and assessment.
The Museum of Modern Art is currently seeking a Project Assistant Archivist to survey, process, and preserve the recently acquired Seth Siegelaub and Herman and Nicole Daled Archives. This project is a top priority for the Museum’s Archives due to the collection’s great research potential and the desire of the curatorial staff to access the materials quickly to enhance the understanding of the Museum’s new acquisitions. Processing these archives entails appraising and organizing the collections, which includes correspondence, unique items created by artists, financial records, and photographs, among other materials. Descriptive information will then be assembled to create an electronic finding aid. This is a grant funded position that is expected to last for 12 months.
Specific responsibilities, following professional archival standards, are as follows:
· Surveys the collection. Conducts preliminary research on the materials. Drafts a processing plan, in conjunction with Museum Archives staff.
· Determines and acquires necessary archival supplies. Performs simple preservation tasks. Implements necessary conservation measures.
· Compiles and revises existing descriptions of the material.
· Re-files and re-boxes the collection in acid-free housing.
· Writes and codes detailed finding aid including information on context and related collections as well as description of the material.
· Assists with reference activities of the Department.
· Item-level cataloguing of photographic images, and coordinating their digitization and the creation of analogue print copies.
We require an archivist with solid experience, who can work independently. The archivist must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Art History or 12 semester hours of modern art since 1880, a Master’s degree in Art History with a Certificate in Archival Studies or National Archives Modern Archives Institute Certification strongly preferred. 1-3 years’ experience processing archival collections according to standard archival procedures and research in art history is also required. Reading knowledge of French required. Strong verbal and writing skills. Computer literacy and knowledge of Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Demonstrated knowledge of twentieth-century art, art historical reference sources and other related research materials is also required.
Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements, to email@example.com. Please reference the position title in the subject line.
The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
Artists’ Records in the Archives: A One Day Symposium – Call for Participation
The archives of many institutions contain artists’ records—documents created by artists that often bear witness to the creative process, as evinced by sketches, doodles, and other notations. Artists’ records differ from other types of records due to their inherent connection to the art object and the art market. In recent years there has been a plethora of symposia and conferences dedicated to artist archives, art history and “the archive,” as well as to the use of archival materials by contemporary artists. While crucial, these investigations have been driven almost entirely by art historians and have not included the perspectives of archivists and special collections librarians. As part of an effort to broaden the discussion surrounding artists’ records, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York has organized a one day symposium, “Artists’ Records in the Archives,” to be held on October 11, 2011 in conjunction with the New York Public Library. Focusing on the perspective of the information professional, this symposium will address how contemporary artists use artists’ records in their work, the significance of artists’ records in archives for scholars and curators, and how archivists and special collections librarians manage artists’ records in their repositories.
Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Artists’ use of other artists’ records
*How archivists manage artists’ records and how this might differ within a museum, estate, gallery, and university setting
*Collecting artists’ records
*Appraisal of artists’ records
*Underdocumented artists and the archives
*Exhibitions and artists’ records
*Artists’ records and the digital environment
*Born digital artists’ records
*Copyright, moral rights, and the artist
*Conversations between archivists, artists, and art historians regarding archives
Date: October 11, 2011
Location: New York Public Library
All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).
Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation, abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological requirements.
Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.
A small travel stipend is available. If interested please indicate in the submission.
Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2011.