Northeast Historic Film seeks a full-time Digital Collections Manager for the course of an 18-month grant project, The Woman Behind the Camera: Home Movies and Amateur Film by Women, 1925-1997. Grant period: January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Grant period: January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. To be hired immediately.
The Digital Collections Manager will work with the Project Director on the publication of 56 collections of women-made home movies and amateur film (created from both reversal film and analog video originals). The Digital Collections Manager must have a high level of skill and knowledge of digital file and metadata creation. The top level finding aids will be published in EAD with attached item-level descriptions using the PBCore schema, so experience with the Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary is sought. The Digital Collections Manager will be responsible for the maintenance and stewardship of the digital files and the creation of a workflow for research, writing, entry, editing and publication of the records. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential for relations with collection donors and others.
This position reports to the Project Director and will work with the CollectiveAccess developer, Website developer, Technical Services manager, and Project Assistant.
• With the Project Director, create descriptive catalog entries and finding aids, consolidating and deploying Northeast Historic Film authority control for 46 moving image collections from Northeast Historic Film and the Lesbian Home Movie Project.
• Ensure that the CollectiveAccess cataloging system works smoothly and efficiently to create the integrated hierarchical catalog records for the moving image materials.
• Create digital surrogates for online use, including video editing as necessary.
• Select and create one thematically-appropriate digital still image and digital video for each collection to accompany the finding aid, working with the Project Director and Technical Services staff.
• Publish completed records online, adhering to project schedule with the completed thematic research collection.
• Write and submit reports as required by granting agency and employer.
• Update project Website and contribute to project blog.
The successful applicant will have excellent planning, organizing, and problem-solving abilities. She/he will have experience with coding, digital storage and workflow issues, and digital file management and preservation.
• Proven capacity to handle digital video assets with assurance of speed, accuracy and confidence.
• Familiarity with coding and web design are required.
• Previous experience as a moving image cataloger required.
• Ability to learn new systems, while maintaining consistent level of output in an iterative environment.
• MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program highly desirable, although 3+ years as a cataloger with demonstrated training and high level skills may be considered.
• Experience working with audiovisual materials in an archival context, familiarity with DACS, AMIM, AACR2, PBCore.
• Exceptional research, writing, communication and English editing skills.
PAY & BENEFITS
Salary depending on experience.
10 paid holidays.
Qualified applicants should send letter of application, résumé/CV, sample cataloging and/or relevant links and contact information for three references to David S. Weiss, Interim Executive Director, david(at)oldfilm.org.
Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). The archives holds ten million feet of film and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings and is considered one of the most significant regional moving image archives in the United States. The organization is located on the Main Street of Bucksport, Maine, in a 1916 cinema building, in which NHF operates the Alamo Theatre, a 125-seat cinema, presenting first run films and live cultural and community events. Northeast Historic Film is recognized as a national leader in the community of audiovisual archives, working with colleagues in the Association of Moving Image Archivists and in collaborative projects.