Audiovisual Conservation Assistant, Archives and Special Collections, Libraries and Cultural Resources – Calgary

  • Company:
    University of Calgary
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
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  • Posted:
    1 day ago
  • Category:
    Admin / Office

Job ID:20084Updated:March9, 2020Location:Main CampusPosition OverviewTheArchives and Special Collections TeamwithinLibraries and Cultural Resourcesinvites applications for anAudiovisual Conservation Assistant . This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 20 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.This position reports to the Specialist, Audiovisual Conservation. The Assistant works closely with the Specialist, Audiovisual Conservation, Project Coordinator, Conservation Assistant, Project Archivist, and other members of the LCR Project Team on the EMI Music Canada Archive media preservation project supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The incumbent handles a high volume of work, in a deadline-driven project environment, with high expectations for quality and consistency. This position supports the improvement of workflows and procedures related to digitally preserving archival audio and video materials. Position DescriptionSummary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):Unbox, organize, inspect, and treat audio and video tapes in preparation for migrationPerform migration of audio and video materialsOperate obsolete audio and video playback equipmentPerform regular cleaning and maintenance of audio and video playback equipmentOperate modern audio and video record and editing systems for migration ingestEnter and update technical metadata for migrated materialPerform document scanning and image digitizationPerform quality control checks on digital assets and associated metadataPrepare and receive shipments of audio and video collection materials migrated by outsourcing partnersParticipate in project planning and workflow developmentDocument and report on preservation activitiesAssist with responding to internal and external client requests for access to collection materialsParticipate in the training and supervision of student assistantsOther duties related to supporting audiovisual migration and preservation operations as assignedQualifications / Requirements:Post-secondary education in archival studies with a demonstrated speciality in the preservation and migration of media or digital collections; or post-secondary education in audio or video engineering and production; or equivalent relevant industry experienceKnowledge of operating principles of analog and digital audio technologyKnowledge of obsolete sound and video carriers, playback equipment, transfer technologies, and contemporary digital formats, including ¼ inch open reel audio tape, DAT, and optical discsHands-on experience in an audio studio or audio archive digitally preserving audio content through digitization or migrationExperience following complex procedures and applying standards in a deadline-driven environmentExcellent critical listening skills and ability to monitor technical quality of audio and video contentHigh attention to detail, with the ability to perform tedious or repetitive tasks accurately and consistentlyStrong problem solving skills and ability to think criticallyStrong oral and written communication skillsWell-developed organizational and task management skillsProficient in using Microsoft Windows 10 and handling files in the Microsoft Windows file systemProficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and OutlookExperience working with at least one professional Digital Audio Workstation software system on a Microsoft Windows based systemMust be able to frequently lift boxes of collection material up to 25lbs, and occasionally lift boxes and equipment up to 50lbsPreferred Qualifications/Expertise:Demonstrated experience with migration transfers of legacy audio and video formatsUnderstanding of archival preservation principles and industry best practicesFamiliarity, training, or experience with archival collections or repositoriesFamiliarity with standards and procedures for digital archiving and digital asset managementExperience working with metadata and with metadata standardsKnowledge of archival preservation reformatting standards, including digital audio and digital video preservation formatsDemonstrated experience operating and maintaining professional audio equipment, including legacy playback machines, computer interfaces, and digital format convertersAdvanced knowledge of operating principles of analog and digital audio technologyKnowledge of operating principles of analog and digital video technologyExperience with archival preservation document scanning and object imagingApplication Deadline:  Consideration of applications is ongoing and the posting will remain open until the job has been filled  Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.Additional InformationThis position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under theTechnical Job Family, Phase I.To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view ourManagement and Staff Careers website.  About the University of CalgaryThe University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.