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Assistant Archivist for AV Collections


Assistant Archivist for AV Collections (full-time)


Dearborn, MI US

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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This position offers the opportunity to work with an established collection of audiovisual assets and as a member of a team, while gaining experience in a dynamic business archives.  The contract will run through December 2021 with the possibility of extension. 

The Assistant Archivist for AV Collections will

  • appraise and accession past and current video, motion picture, and digital media, in consultation with the AV Archivist, using a formal appraisal methodology;
  • ingest and catalog digital assets in collections management system, utilizing existing procedures, description schema, and in-house controlled vocabulary;
  • directly respond to research requests by performing subject searches for internal/external customers;
  • utilize the broader Archives’ collections (paper, photographs, negatives, 3D objects) as needed to answer internal/external research requests;
  • digitize analog media formats and edit digital media files in response to research requests and upload into collections management system;
  • maintain records of AV materials obtained from commercial sources including information on copyright, usage restrictions, and credit;
  • coordinate with external film/video vendor to facilitate digitization of large segments of analog moving image holdings;
  • develop and suggest recommendations concerning procedures and equipment.

Applicants for this position should

  • have 2-3 years experience working in archives and with AV materials;
  • be familiar with digitization and editing software for moving image formats;
  • have the ability to learn and identify key subjects and locations portrayed in video and multimedia assets;
  • be familiar with the physical care and preservation of motion picture and video materials;
  • have basic knowledge of copyright laws and usage restrictions as they apply to AV resources;
  • be familiar with format compatibility and resolution specifications;
  • have an undergraduate degree (study in communications and/or history would be helpful).

Other Considerations
The following also will be considered:

  • ability to work independently on a range of internal and external research projects of varying complexity;
  • organizational skills;
  • outgoing, team-focused personality;
  • current study or graduate degree in archives.

Salary range: $50,000 – $54,000 with benefits, based on experience and qualifications.

Contact Information
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Sam Markham, with the subject line “Assistant Archivist for AV Collections – Dearborn”