Located within the New York Public Library Special Collections division, the audio and moving image (AMI) preservation program safeguards the Library’s audio, video, and motion picture film collections through physical treatment and reformatting.
In response to a recent Mellon Foundation-funded assessment, the Library has begun an ambitious plan to digitize and preserve its critically at-risk media holdings over the next decade. Through a combination of enhanced in-house and outsourced digitization, the Library will preserve, and provide robust access to its remarkable collections. See nypl.org/preservation for more information about the program.
The Media Preservation Assistant is responsible for performing quality control to ensure that in-house and vendor preservation reformatting labs have met the required specifications for digitization of the Library’s audio and moving image collections. The position will ensure timely preparation and packaging of the digital assets for the digital repository queues and will create access derivatives and media as needed. The position will also assist in evaluation and implementation of specifications and workflow processes
The position will perform enhanced film inventory activities, which include bibliographic updates, format and characteristic identification (base material, gauge, length, sound and color systems, generation, etc.), and condition assessment. Activities also include light cleaning, repair and rehousing. Assessment activities will expand to other media types, such as audio discs and cylinders.
The position will assist the audio and moving image lab staff and related stakeholders in project coordination and logistics activities across multiple NYPL and vendor locations.
Travel to all NYPL Research Library sites is required, as is participation in disaster response and recovery activities. Primary activities will be performed at the NYPL audio and moving image preservation sites at the Library for Performing Arts in Manhattan and the Library Services Center in Long Island City.
Work performed in preservation labs, staff offices, and collection storage areas.
Position involves some lifting and exposure to dust and mold. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.