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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, smarkham@winthropgroup.com with the subject line “Assistant Archivist for AV Collections – Dearborn”