Audio Visual Preservation Specialist

at University of Kansas (view profile)
Published June 16, 2022
Location Lawrence, Kansas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 41,299
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The Conservation Services Department provides leadership, coordination, expertise, and services within a comprehensive, system-wide program to preserve KU Libraries' physical collections.

This position plays a key role in preserving the University of Kansas Libraries’ valuable and unique collections by enhancing the University's capacity to preserve and make available recorded sound and moving image materials. The incumbent will report to the Head of Conservation Services and maintain a number of critical working relationships with units and groups that are engaged in preservation, curation, and access to media. The Audio Visual Preservation Specialist will assist archivists, curators, collection managers, and public services staff in identifying at-risk collections, will suggest appropriate reformatting options, and will direct the day-to-day operations of reformatting projects, maintenance of equipment, and development of workflows in support of preservation, description, and access.

The University of Kansas Libraries support a safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse communities at KU. We are committed to building a diverse and pluralistic workforce and strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates. This position will demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity efforts in the Libraries and contributes to an inclusive environment.

Job Description

65% Care and reformatting of analog audio and moving image collections

  • Stabilize, clean, and evaluate the condition of sound and moving image media in a wide variety of formats.
  • Systematically survey collections and provide storage recommendations.
  • Judge whether media can safely be digitized locally or sent to an outside vendor.
  • Identify vendors and complete RFPs for services; manage the shipping process.
  • Digitize in-house audio and video recordings following international preservation reformatting guidelines and best practices for accessibility.
  • Perform quality control and monitor conversion quality on in-house and vendor projects.
  • Record appropriate administrative metadata based on industry best practice and descriptive metadata following local practices.
  • Finish deliverables of digitized files (burning media, labeling, duplication, uploading to network storage, etc.).
  • Manage, hire, train, and coordinate work of student employees.
  • Identify and evaluate hardware and digitization software.
  • Support library staff members in providing patron access to analog collections and digital surrogates.
  • Collaborate with other library staff to incorporate digitized materials into digital collections workflows and infrastructure.

20% Project planning and management

  • Develop and implement prioritized preservation options and workflows for projects, including for material sent to offsite cool and cold storage.
  • Assist in developing metadata protocols.
  • Assist in developing strategies for delivery of digital sound and moving images.
  • Compile statistics and prepare reports, including project costs.

15% Departmental responsibilities

  • Serve on the Collections Emergency Response Team and assist with disaster preparedness and recovery operations following standard procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals.
  • Stay current with developments in the field of audiovisual preservation.
  • Prepare, conduct, and participate in staff and public outreach and educational opportunities.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and planning activities, including departmental goal-setting.
  • Participate in the broader work of KU Libraries by serving on committees, working groups, and task forces as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. This position requires working on-site.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree PLUS one (1) year direct work experience or training in moving image, audio or video engineering, production, or preservation.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of legacy audio and moving image media as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Minimum Six (6) months of project management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Graduate degree or other advanced training in audiovisual preservation or audio-visual production.
  2. Experience applying audiovisual preservation guidelines and prioritizing needs in an institutional environment.
  3. Familiarity with and experience in safely handling a wide variety of audiovisual formats including analog discs, magnetic tapes, digital files.
  4. Working knowledge of current and emerging trends in the preservation of audiovisual materials.
  5. Knowledge of cataloging and/or archival processing, and familiarity with audiovisual copyright issues.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with media editing software.
  7. Experience working in an academic research library or archive