POSITION: Audiovisual Archivist (At Will Appointment)
AVAILABLE: August 1, 2015
The University of North Carolina seeks an energetic and collegial Audiovisual Archivist to participate in a grant project exploring workflow and large-scale digitization for preservation of and access to sound and moving-image materials from the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) (http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/) in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library (http://www2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/).
The Audiovisual Archivist will participate in the development of an integrated management system for sound and moving-image materials from accessioning through digitization for preservation and access. Reporting to the Head of Archival Technical Services and working closely with the SFC Curator, Audiovisual Conservator, and the Applications Analyst, the Audiovisual Archivist will process and catalog incoming and previously held SFC collections. The position will include: accessioning collections; appraisal; collection or item-level arrangement and description for archival collections; updating descriptions in legacy finding aids following digitization; and linking digital access copies to the finding aid. The Audiovisual Archivist will also participate in the writing of reports to the granting agency, as required.
The Southern Folklife Collection is one of the nation’s foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture. SFC holdings extensively document all forms of southern musical and oral traditions across the entire spectrum of individual and community expressive arts, as well as mainstream media production. We do this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or MA in sound or moving-image preservation. Demonstrated experience with archival accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and finding aid creation. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of archival arrangement and description. Demonstrated understanding of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials. Demonstrated knowledge of legacy audio and moving image media. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work cooperatively with staff and students. Working knowledge of current and emerging trends in the archiving and preservation of audiovisual materials.
Preferred: A minimum of two years previous employment in an audiovisual archive or similar environment. Experience with MARC cataloging. Familiarity with audiovisual copyright issues. Demonstrated project management and planning experience. Experience contributing to grant projects.
The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. University Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.
The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.
Salary and Benefits
This is an At Will Appointment, contingent upon the availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/74166 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
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The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) will be sponsoring an Emergency & Disaster Preparedness workshop on April 11, 2011 hosted by the Charlotte Museum of History for staff, board members, and volunteers who are interested in preserving and protecting cultural heritage when faced with emergency situations. The workshop will be led by Matthew Hunt, C2C’s Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.
Disasters come in many forms—Natural, Human-generated, Intentional, and Unintentional—and all are capable of causing significant property damage. Through this workshop we will give cultural institutions the tools and training to start their disaster planning and response preparations. We will all face a disaster one day, and our success after it will depend on our preparation for it. This workshop will cover the importance of planning for emergency situations, the elements of a disaster plan and why we need to test existing plans.
The workshop will open with an information session about C2C and NC ECHO; questions, feedback, and networking are encouraged. Participants in the C2C sessions have a unique opportunity to help improve how cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites) care for a wide variety of artifacts, books, papers, and other objects of our state’s cultural past. C2C project staff wants input on what types of workshops are needed. Additional workshops on collections conservation care and disaster preparedness will be offered in the future.
The North Carolina Connecting to Collections Project is an IMLS grant-funded initiative aimed at helping institutions better care for their collections. A variety of partner organizations have made this project possible: Federation of NC Historical Societies, NC Museums Council, NC Preservation Consortium, State Historic Records Advisory Board, and Society of NC Archivists.
Registration Fee: $10
Make checks or money orders payable to: NC Department of Cultural Resources
Send checks or money orders to:
Connecting to Collections
4610 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4610
Please mail a copy of your registration with your registration check.