Audiovisual Digitization Specialist

at Washington University in St. Louis (view profile)
Published January 30, 2023
Location Saint Louis, Missouri
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Not Required
Education Requirements Graduate Degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 55000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 65000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 11


Position Summary

Reporting to the Digitization Manager, the Audiovisual Digitization Specialist is responsible for all in-house audio-visual digitization, and provides quality control and editing for outsourced digitization of audiovisual materials in the Washington University Libraries' collections. The position provides expertise that informs strategies for long-term preservation of and access to these digital assets and their analog counterparts.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees the creation of digital surrogates for audiovisual materials, including advanced editing to restore, rebuild, and/or remaster recordings as appropriate for licensing and reference requests. Ensures consistent use of quality control guidelines and established digitization standards.
  • Maintains, configures, and calibrates the equipment, hardware, and software used in the digitization of audiovisual materials; troubleshoots and problem-solves to achieve the highest quality and efficiency. Establishes and follows digital production workflows and guidelines, and maintains shared documentation for project and program-based work.
  • Works with Preservation, Library Technology Services & Digital Library Program Services staff to develop and enact policies and procedures for long-term preservation, storage and migration of digital audio-visual materials.
  • Works closely with various departments and collecting units, both within the libraries and across the University, to identify and prioritize digitization needs. Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned.
  • Remains current with trends and developments in the preservation and access of digital and analog audio-visual formats, as well as file transfer and management systems.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic or library experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
  • Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.

Required Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree or graduate level certificate in moving image archives, library & information science, film studies, or other related degree.
  • Experience working with audio/video formats and files, digitization of linear media, and editing digital media.
  • Previous archival education or experience.
  • Experience working with digital video and audio equipment, files and formats, and compression codecs.
  • Experience with advanced editing software such as Audacity and Premier Pro.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.