AUDIO DIGITIZATION ARCHIVIST
92nd Street Y, New York City -- Milstein/Rosenthal Center for Media &
Technology / Unterberg Poetry Center
Full Time, 2-year commitment, Professional
The 92nd Street Y has received funding for a two-year project to
digitize archival audio recordings of events sponsored by the Unterberg
Poetry Center. The project will focus on the analog recordings of the
Poetry Center, which feature 1,076 events (approximately 1,614
performance hours), recorded from 1949 to 2004 on open reel tape,
audiocassette, and VHS cassette. These recordings represent only a
portion of the Y's vast audiovisual archives, which encompasses spoken
word, music, dance, and theatre, and this project is an important step
in the Y's efforts to make these holdings more accessible and to ensure
their long-term preservation.
The Audio Digitization Archivist will be employed full-time for two
years to manage the day-to-day operations of the digitization and
preservation project, including the following responsibilities:
- Consult with other project staff to determine appropriate equipment,
technical standards, and workflow for digitization process.
- Identify appropriate metadata standards and make recommendations for
application to this project. Adapt existing databases or create new ones
as needed. - Consult with project staff and advisory board to prioritize
recordings for digitization.
- Prepare recordings for digitization, including light conservation work
- Digitize recordings according to project standards. Supervise
digitization work of part-time assistants as needed.
- With other staff, be responsible for the creation and input of
appropriate metadata for digitized recordings.
- Create backups onto appropriate physical media.
- Coordinate the transfer of original and digitized recordings between
work site and offsite storage.
- Work with project and IT staff to determine and design appropriate
- Prepare frequent progress reports.
- Perform other tasks related to the maintenance of the audiovisual
archives as needed.
- Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree in audio engineering,
archives, library science or another related field desirable.
- At least 3 years experience digitizing audio recordings within an
archives setting required.
- Strong knowledge of audio digitization and preservation standards and
- Knowledge of and interest in contemporary poetry and literature highly
- Experience with spoken word recordings strongly preferred.
- Project management and supervisory skills strongly preferred.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, Mon-Fri. 9am to 6pm, with a 1-hour
Please send resume with cover letter to:
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Mail: Human Resources-KK, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York,
The 92nd Street Y is an equal opportunity employer.