Audiovisual Conservation Assistant, Department of Archives & Special Collections, Libraries & Cultural Resources

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (9 months ago)

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Position Overview

The Department of Archives & Special Collections within Libraries & Cultural Resources is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Audiovisual Conservation Assistant for approximately 20 months.

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. This position handles a high volume of work, in a deadline-driven project environment, with high expectations for quality and consistency. The Assistant supports the improvement of workflows and procedures related to digitally preserving archival audio and video materials

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Unboxes, organizes, inspects, and treats audio and video tapes in preparation for migration.
Performs migration of audio and video materials.
Operates obsolete audio and video playback equipment.
Performs regular cleaning and maintenance of audio and video playback equipment.
Operates modern audio and video record and editing systems for migration ingest.
Enters and updates technical metadata for migrated material.
Performs document scanning and image digitization.
Performs quality control checks on digital assets and associated metadata.
Prepares and receives shipments of audio and video collection materials migrated by outsourcing partners.
Participates in project planning and workflow development.
Documents and reports on preservation activities.
Assists with responding to internal and external client requests for access to collection materials.
Participates in the training and supervision of student assistants.

Qualifications / Requirements:
Post-secondary education in archival studies with a demonstrated speciality in the preservation and migration of media or digital collections; or in audio or video engineering and production; or equivalent relevant industry experience.
Knowledge of operating principles of analog and digital audio technology.
Knowledge of obsolete sound and video carriers, playback equipment, transfer technologies, and contemporary digital formats, including ¼ inch open reel audio tape, DAT, and optical discs.
Hands-on experience in an audio studio or audio archive digitally preserving audio content through digitization or migration.
Experience following complex procedures and applying standards in a deadline-driven environment.
Excellent critical listening skills and ability to monitor technical quality of audio and video content.
High attention to detail, with the ability to perform tedious or repetitive tasks accurately and consistently.
Strong problem solving skills and ability to think critically.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Well-developed organizational and task management skills.
Proficient in using Microsoft Windows 10 and handling files in the Microsoft Windows file system.
Proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite; including Excel, Word, and Outlook.
Experience working with at least one professional Digital Audio Workstation software system on a Microsoft Windows based system.
Must be able to frequently lift boxes of collection material up to 25lbs, and occasionally lift boxes and equipment up to 50lbs.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Please note; 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 Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical 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 our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

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