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Digital Archivist/Digital Librarian – Development Consultant


Digital Archivist/Digital Librarian – Development Consultant (part-time)


Sherman Oaks, CA USA

Application Date

March 15, 2021

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SALARY: $50-$80/hour

Digital Archivist/Digital Librarian – Development Consultant 

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the entertainment industry’s only organization representing visual effects artists worldwide, is seeking a talented and well-rounded Digital Archivist/Digital Librarian – Development Consultant to oversee our online archival development.

VES is developing a virtual online museum showcasing the people, treasures, techniques and history of the visual effects industry.  This will be an enduring and living initiative that will serve VFX artists and practitioners, the entertainment industry, and the general public for generations to come.

The VES Archive will include a diverse roster of components:  a video series of legends, luminaries and VES Award winners culled from around the globe; videos demonstrating an array of VFX techniques developed since the days of Georges Méliès, an online digital library of important physical VFX assets (including props and matte paintings); a library of printed materials and more – all showcased on our dynamic new website which will support our growing collection of archival assets.

The Digital Archivist/Digital Librarian – Development Consultant is a new, short-term consultant position, designed to establish best practices and procedures to upload data in the new digital library platform.  The focus of this role is to provide a strategy to organize, categorize and tag the content within the new archival platform.

Required competencies include:

  • Deep experience withCollective Access
  • Develop, document, and implement procedures for accessioning, arranging, describing, and providing access to analog, digitized, and born-digital materials according to professional standards
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative, effective cataloging & metadata methodologies and workflows
  • Best practices and procedures to ensure that usage rights for materials is verified and documented
  • Knowledge of Rights/Release issues include European Privacy Laws “the right to be forgotten”
  • Ideas for potentially monetizing archival content in the future
  • Master of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.

This is a part-time consulting position that reports directly to the Society’s Executive Director. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

In order to be considered, please PROVIDE A COVER LETTER outlining your relevant experience and compensation range.  No phone calls, please.

COVID-19 considerations:
At present, we are working remotely, with occasional office visits. Once restrictions are lifted, we will be back working in an office setting.