Archivist, Public Media Digitization (term-position)
Albuquerque, New Mexico United States
February 24, 2020
Salary: $3,434.31-$4,583.34 monthly
New Mexico PBS
New Mexico PBS is the PBS affiliate for central and northern New Mexico, in operation since 1958. The station’s award-winning roster of locally produced content is a testament to the entrepreneurial can-do spirit that permeates this tightly knit organization. This position is central to the continued success of a highly motivated team and requires dedication to customer service, problem solving and leadership.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
This project is a collaboration between New Mexico PBS/KNME, KUNM, KANW, KENW, KRWG and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70 years. To date, over 50,000 hours of television and radio programming contributed by more than 120 public media organizations and archives across the United States have been digitized for long-term preservation and access. The entire collection is available on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and more than 45,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org.
The New Mexico Public Media Digitization Project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, supports the digitization, preservation and public access of 8,668 tapes comprising 5,934 hours of historic programming created by New Mexico PBS/KNME, KUNM, KANW, KENW and KRWG. Through the project, tapes will be inventoried and sent to a third-party vendor for digitization. Digital files will be shipped to the partner stations, the Library of Congress, and WGBH. The Library of Congress will preserve copies for posterity, and WGBH will manage public access to the collection.
Reporting to the Executive Producer, Arts and Cultural Affairs at New Mexico PBS, the Archivist will manage and execute an ambitious digitization project. The Archivist will be responsible for overseeing contractor/vendor and project collaborator work related to the project, manage the workflows including shipping of tapes to and from the vendor, inventorying, cataloging, and coordination with the AAPB team at the Library of Congress and WGBH. The Archivist will assist the AAPB Team in curating exhibits and/or special collections, in consultation with staff at the partner stations. The Archivist will coordinate with other departments and colleagues at New Mexico PBS and the partner stations as necessary, including communications staff and legal counsel. The position will lead the decision-making and issue resolution on the project, ensuring the overall success of the project, and that the project stays on schedule and deliverables are achieved.
Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
●Familiarity with PBCore metadata schema.
●1-2 years successfully coordinating digitization projects.
●Experience collaborating with remote partners on projects across multiple institutions.
●Experience working with digitization vendors.
●Passion for audiovisual archives.
●Knowledge of New Mexico history.
●Previous experience in an audiovisual and/or digital archive setting.
Master’s degree in Moving Image Archive Preservation, MLIS, or equivalent degree highly preferred
This position requires familiarity with metadata standards and analog tape formats, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ability to effectively express ideas and information verbally and in writing, ability to successfully balance time and achieve goals across large scale collaborative projects, ability to work independently and collaboratively and ensure work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner, and excellent organization/time management skills.
This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
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