Saturday, December 12, 2009

Film and Media Archivist

The Special Collections of Washington University Libraries in St. Louis is seeking a talented, dynamic, flexible, service-oriented individual to serve as Film and Media Archivist. The Special Collections Department is made up of 5 units (Rare Books, Manuscripts, University Archives, Modern Graphic History Library, and the Film and Media Archive). Under the direction of the Head of Special Collections, the successful candidate oversees the operations of a major civil rights and democracy film documentary collection built around the archive of Henry Hampton’s Blackside, Inc. With the Head of Special Collections, the Archivist plans for the maintenance, processing, preservation, and digitization of the collections and for the addition of new collections. The Archivist also works with the Head and with an Advisory Board on public programs, collaborative opportunities, and other outreach efforts.

Responsibilities: The Film and Media Archivist is responsible for building, promoting, and administering the documentary film and media archive, which encompasses film, videotapes, audiotapes, and associated documents relating to social justice and democracy in the United States, and locally produced documentary work. With the Head of Special Collections, the archivist will plan for the maintenance of the collection and for the addition of new collections. Responsibilities include: overseeing the processing of all materials housed in the archive; overseeing physical care and conservation of the collections; overseeing an active digitization program; working with faculty, the Head, and an advisory group on collection development; working with researchers and production entities; overseeing unit budget; participating in seeking external funding. Also responsible for overseeing an active outreach program, including promoting the use of the collection in teaching and research, activeal staff and 2 archives assistants.

Education qualifications: A Master’s degree is required, either MLS from an ALA accredited school or MA public programming, and web access as appropriate. Supervises 2 FTE profession in relevant field such as archival studies, political science, American history, or film studies; prefer both degrees. Knowledge of the production process, materials and documentation, formats and equipment is a necessity. Knowledge of archival and preservation practices for film and other media formats; familiarity with current digitization practices; familiarity with film/media copyright issues preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 2 years experience working in a film or media archive. Experience with production materials required; supervisory experience required; collection development experience with film archives preferred.

To apply for this position visit the Washington University Human Resources website at Review of applications will begin after January 1 and position will remain open until filled.

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Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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