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Media Archivist


Media Archivist (full-time)


Los Angeles, CA USA

Application Date

February 27, 2023

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SALARY: From $32/hour, depending on experience.


The Media Archivist will be responsible for processing and cataloging both analog and born-digital materials, preparing assets for digitization, coordinating with vendors to complete digitization projects, and monitoring digital preservation workflows. This position will work with a variety of materials including open reel videotape, videocassette, audiocassette, film, optical disc, LTO, and born-digital. Some local travel may occasionally be required. This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets.

This position will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Processing and cataloging all types of media, with an initial focus on magnetic media.
  • Selecting and preparing materials for digitization, according to established workflows.
  • Overseeing the digitization of audiovisual material including determining priorities, working with vendors, and performing QC on deliverables.
  • Facilitating secure transfer of born-digital media accessions.
  • Monitoring ingests of assets into the digital preservation system.
  • Leading a media risk-assessment survey.
  • Upholding best practices for collections processing, storage, handling, and use.
  • Maintaining playback equipment.
  • Data clean-up projects as assigned by Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Key Skills Required

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited university or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • 2+ years of archival experience working with analog and born-digital audiovisual materials.
  • High level of professionalism and integrity with the capacity to maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of archival content management systems and digital preservation systems (experience specifically with ArchivesSpace and Preservica a plus).
  • Ability to identify various video and audio formats, recognize signs of deterioration, and address individual preservation requirements.
  • Understanding of digital preservation principles, digital formats, and concepts related to digital use, migration, and reformatting.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Technical competence and willingness to learn and grow in technical understanding.
  • Exacting attention to detail, while maintaining a high level of productivity.
  • Flexibility and willingness to change focus when directed.

Benefits include a 401K, medical, dental, and vision as well as disability and life insurance.