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.
- Employment and application information: nypl.org/careers
- Full job description and application link:
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
www.nypl.org/preservation and www.nypl.org/research-divisions(filter by
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
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
Under the direction of the Manager for Preservation Reformatting and Field
Services, the Assistant Manager is:
- Responsible for daily staff supervision, development, goal setting,
- 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
- 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.
- Participates in program, policy, specifications, infrastructure,
projects, and grants development.
- Participates in collection, creation, and analysis of statistics,
reports, and documentation.
- Stays abreast of emerging best practices, formats, specifications, and
technology, and maintains memberships in related organizations such as
IASA, AES, and AMIA.
- Leads disaster response for a/mi collections and participates in the
Library’s broader disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs.
- Participates in education and outreach programs.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
*Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities:*
- This position will supervise, train, and evaluate 7 current full- and
part-time staff and participate in hiring.
- This position may also hire, train, supervise, and evaluate part-time,
student, or other temporary support staff.
- Establishes goals and performance expectations, evaluates staff work,
and provides guidance as necessary to promote success of both the
individual and the program.
- Evaluates in-house and vendor preservation reformatting performance
(quality control, timely completion of work products, etc.). Recommends and
carries out responses to issues.
- Determines appropriate evaluation criteria and implementation of best
practices for the effective preservation and access of audio and moving
image media collections.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate
effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to assess work, and to plan, organize, and direct
- Excellent judgement, problem-solving skills and strong commitment to
high quality and productivity.
- Ability to work effectively and collegially across a large, complex,
and dynamic organization. Ability to work well under pressure.
- Master’s degree with preferred specialization in audio and moving
image preservation, information science, or related discipline plus
experience in audio and moving image preservation, reformatting
technologies, and media quality control workflows.
- Minimum two years supervisory experience.
- Minimum two years professional experience managing or coordinating
media preservation projects and production, with demonstrated success.
- Demonstrated experience evaluating effectiveness of workflows and
assessing quality of work.
- Experience using and evaluating tools and systems used in media
- Broad knowledge and experience with audio, video, and film
- Critical viewing and listening skills. Familiarity audio and moving
image metering and analysis and quality control tools.
- Working understanding of the audio preservation standards and best
practice documents of organizations such as IASA and AES. Understanding of
the best practices for film and video preservation, including work
promulgated through professional organizations such as AMIA.
- Knowledge of general preservation and access issues in large cultural
- Demonstrated skill with technologies as applied to the efficient
management of preservation and reformatting workflow and production
- Experience applying best practices in an institutional setting.
- Experience with automated or manual audio and moving image file-based
quality control, and checksum creation and validation; MediaInfo or other
file analysis tools; BagIt format; command-line scripting; transcoding
software packages; and professional audio and moving image media editing
- Experience with database design and management, digital asset
management, and/or digital repository systems.
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:*
*Rebecca Holte| The New York Public Library**Manager for Preservation
Reformatting and Field Services*
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division
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