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NYPL is seeking an Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation

NYPL is seeking an Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation. This is a new position in the Library’s audio and moving image preservation program.

Application review will begin November 14, 2016.
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The New York Public Library audio and moving image preservation program safeguards the audio, video, and film research collection holdings through physical treatment and reformatting, and enables researchers to explore the content of the Library’s rich collections. In response to a recent Mellon-funded assessment, the Library is moving forward with an ambitious plan to digitize and preserve its critically at-risk media holdings over the next several years. Both in-house and vendor programs are dramatically growing to accommodate the strategic priority. See also and by media).

The program is designed to meet international preservation reformatting guidelines and best practices. Labs are professionally equipped to accommodate the preservation and reformatting needs of a wide range of current and obsolete formats, producing digital preservation masters, requisite metadata and related documentation. The program also manages vendor projects, and participates related activities such as appraisal, format identification and assessment, disaster response and recovery, outreach, and exhibitions. Program staff work closely with Digital Preservation, Special Formats Processing, Archival Processing, Metadata Services, the Registrar’s Office, the technology teams, and curatorial/collection staff.

The Assistant Manager for Audio and Moving Image Preservation reports to the Manager for Preservation Reformatting and Field Services within the Special Collections department. The position is responsible for daily lab operations, staff oversight, project management, and quality control for both vendor and in-house work. The position will play a key role in the development of the preservation program, specifications, tools and software, and infrastructure expansion.

Primary activities will be performed at the audio and moving image sites at the Library for Performing Arts in Manhattan and the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens. Travel to all NYPL Research Library sites is required, as is participation in disaster response and recovery activities.

Principal Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Manager for Preservation Reformatting and Field Services, the Assistant Manager is:
Responsible for daily staff supervision, development, goal setting, and evaluation.
Responsible for daily in-house labs operations, production oversight, quality assurance, and quality control.
Responsible for pre- and post-digitization activities such as physical logistics, metadata preparation, file packaging, quality control, and media ingest activities. Key participant in development of software, scripts and tools.
Maintains labs, equipment, and supplies; monitors repair and maintenance contracts and budgets.
Participates in oversight and tracking of audio and moving image preservation projects and workflow across in-house and vendor labs, curatorial units, and cataloging/processing units.

Physical Duties:

Travel to all NYPL sites is required as necessary. Position involves some lifting and exposure to dust and mold. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Union / Non Union: Non Union

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