Job Description The Photo Archivist works as a member of the Photography & Visual Communications team in our New York offices and will be responsible for conducting research for cataloging the photographic collection and history of all divisions of ABC, which includes multiple format negatives in color and black/white, prints, slides and transparencies. Responsibilities Responsibilities include preparation of images for outside scanning service including:
Collection, editing, properly coding photography and provide appropriate metadata (annotate titles, dates, programs and talent)
Set up procedure for tracking of round trip packages and ensuring quality control
Assisting the Librarian and Researcher in maintaining the information library (Snapshot) and Media Asset Retrieval System (MARS), which is a searchable index of visual assets
Registration of digital photography with US Copyright Office
Contributing to the department as a whole and perform other duties as assigned
Management of large amounts of images and data
Basic Qualifications Strong organizational skills
Experience with researching
At least intermediate experience in Adobe Photoshop and other photo editing programs (preferably Photo Mechanic)
MS Office Suite applications.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
Attention to detail
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
At least 2 years of experience in a research and/or librarian profession
Photo editing experience required.
An occasional flexible schedule is required.
Preferred Qualifications At least 4-5 years of experience in a combination of research, photography, and/or copyright management.
Strong TV history knowledge is preferred.
We require a minimum commitment of 2 months, for at least 16 hours a week. Internships are unpaid. Preference is given to intern applicants receiving credit at their educational institution. All internships are based in our Brooklyn office, convenient to the Atlantic Terminal / Barclays Center (2,3,4,5,B,D,Q,N, & R trains), LIRR, and the C (Lafayette) and G (Fulton) trains.
The WITNESS Media Archive is a repository of over 5000 hours of video, both tape- and file-based, recorded and produced by human rights activists around the world over the past 20 years. The Media Archive is also a leader in the development of training resources aimed at non-professional archivists and activists who are managing their own human rights video collections.
Interns train under the supervision of an Archivist, performing a variety of hands-on tasks including cataloging, tape capture, digital ingest, research / reference, access provision, documentation of archival processes, training resource development support, and other administrative tasks for the archive.
By the end of the internship, the intern will have learned how to:
Create metadata for unpublished human rights video footage in a cataloging database.
Handle and identify various video formats in the collection.
Use software tools to capture, analyze, view, transfer video files.
Understand the processes and components of a digital archiving workflow within a small organization.
Liaise with content creators and program staff to acquire content for the archive.
We are seeking interns enrolled in a graduate program related to moving image archiving and preservation, archival studies, or library/information science. We also review applications from recent graduates who may be seeking the same type of mentorship and educational focus related to their career choice or educational background.
There is no application deadline and no salary information provided.
- Responsible for accessioning archival materials including both paper and electronic; interact with staff to evaluate record submissions.
- Process (arrange, describe, re-house) archival materials according to current industry standards including creation of processing plans; appraisal evaluations; and DACS-compliant EAD finding aids and MARC records.
- Provide reference services for in-house staff and external researchers as directed, including researching and answering reference questions for staff, and providing reference assistance via telephone, e-mail and in person for external researchers.
- Supervise archives interns and volunteers as needed providing a friendly and challenging work environment.
- Ensure quality and uniformity of archives records; perform retrospective changes or upgrades to individual records as needed.
- Collaborate on special projects with curatorial, registrar, legal, and other museum departments as needed.
Qualifications and Requirements:
MLIS or equivalent; Bachelor’s in Art or Art history preferred
Minimum three years experience working with archival collections
Strong communication and organizational skills
Must be able to lift up to 40 lb boxes
Knowledge of Museum purposes, organization, and procedures preferred.
Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently in various environments ranging from office setting to warehouse storage facilities.