Apply to Join the AAPB as Digital Conversion Specialist!

Passionate about archives and public broadcasting? Want to join a team of individuals who are preserving and providing access to 60 years worth of audiovisual cultural heritage?

Then this announcement is for you!

The Library of Congress is seeking to fill the position of Digital Conversion Specialist for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

For the full job description, qualifications, and to apply go to:

This position is located in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. The incumbent provides analysis, reporting, planning, overall coordination, and oversight activities for the American Archive Project, comprised initially of 40.000 hours of digitized audio and video content received from public broadcasting stations to be supported for preservation and access. Individually and in collaboration with MBRS stakeholders, staff from the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) and Information Technology Services (ITS), and other American Archive Project staff, the incumbent assists with program components that include the design, implementation, and evaluation of the project, the review of metadata and related policies and procedures, the development of strategies for metadata capture. normalization, transformation, storage, and output, models for information access and delivery, and oversees the accessioning of digital files received from project vendor(s).

DUTIES Include:

Project Development Activities: 30%

Serves as project coordinator of American Archive Project activities, performing project management and scheduling activities as needed at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. Assists in designing, implementing, and evaluating project work, including policy and communication issues, and assures coordination and maximum impact through a combination of public and private resources.

Metadata Mapping and Transformation: 30%

Develops work plans, requirements, intake specifications, conversion specifications, and metadata strategies for audio and video content specific to the assigned project. Analyzes requirements and develops strategies for metadata capture, normalization, transformation, storage, and output. Participates in reviewing, developing, and implementing metadata application policies and procedures, particularly in relation to metadata mapping and transformation of PBCore metadata into MAVIS, the Library of Congress MBRS content management system.

Data and Project Analysis: 30%

Oversees the preparation for and archiving of the digitized project files and data in a secure and stable repository. Participates in developing and implementing procedures for management and security of digital resources aligned with policies established across the Library to support security of heritage assets, including reporting requirements.

Liaison Services: 10%

Working with MBRS staff responsible for the digital repository, participates in the processes for storing or archiving completed work comprised of digital assets. For digital reformatting projects, collections may be digitized by digital conversion contractors who specialize in moving images and sound recordings. Some collections may be digitized by MBRS staff.

Other Important Information:

Performs various other duties as assigned.

The job announcement closes on July 31, 2015. 

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