Late to respond to this thread, but wanted to chime in and say that I share the expressed values for expertise and fair labor compensation towards doing right by our audiovisual collections! I agree that the position description does not read as an entry-level. And that the job title and wage therefore do not match the position as described.
I hope folks also scrutinize audio preservation service providers in a similar manner, and consider whether, for example, a vendor quote reflects fair compensation for the required expert labor. I appreciate that this can be more difficult to assess when there are many other factors figured into a quote, but thatís also why I mention it - for further consideration in our community if itís being overlooked.
Bryce Roe (she/her)
Director of Audio Preservation
NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center
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Date: Monday, September 13, 2021 at 2:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [EXTERNAL] Re: [ARSCLIST] AV Archival Associate job at Texas Tech
No recent graduate of an MA program, bearing the student loan debt that
they will, can live on $15/hour, nor should they be expected to.
Particularly when, with all due respect to Lubbock, they would likely be
relocating to a new city. Responding to a crisis with inadequately trained
staff is simply kicking the can down the road; a future crisis is entirely
likely from the inevitable poor decisions and flawed work that will be
produced, particularly if someone who, per the job description, is
potentially supervising a work unit while also learning on the job. If the
budget is $X, I would start by figuring out what can actually be done
*properly* for $X.
Archival Moving Image Consulting
On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 9:39 AM Peoples, Curtis <[log in to unmask]>
> Although this is not my department at TTU, I do work closely with people
> in the area. Here is why I defend the posting, and as a whole for the audio
> archiving field.
> Because of the pandemic, many institutions are struggling financially and
> it is hard to maintain funding for many departments. It was not that long
> ago that AV positions like this at various institutions did not even off
> any where near $15.00 per hour, if such a position exists at all!.
> In addition to the hourly wage, you also have to account for added
> benefits like medical, dental, and optical insurance provided for
> employees, as well vacation and sick leave. Further, there are professional
> development opportunities that the institution often provides.
> As has been discussed at many ARSC conferences, there is a crisis in the
> audio and visual fields discovering, organizing, describing, and migrating
> analog materials from old carriers. ARSC members should champion causes
> when anyone or any institution is trying to remedy the problem in any way.
> The position posted here is an great entry level opportunity for a person
> graduating from a program such as UCLA, or someone who has some audio video
> experience looking to get into the archiving field.
> Instead of condemning efforts, perhaps be thankful that people are trying
> to save material that you or someone else may one day need.
> Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., Archivist
> Texas Tech University
> ARSC Assistant Conference Manager
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> Shai is being way too polite. Our local McDonald's is starting people at
> $15 an hour. Any institution should be embarrassed to advertise such a job
> at that starting salary.
> Gary Galo
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> The Crane School of Music
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> So I'm guessing at $15 per hour, the TTU is not really interested in
> knowledge, experience, know-how, and especially care for the assets. I have
> voiced this not once, even for positions that did not involve A/V. There
> was an ad not long ago for roughly the same pay grade with a minimum
> requirement of MA. Good luck to all applicants.
> Shai Drori
> Expert digitization services for Audio Video 3K scanning for film 8mm-35mm
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> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 5:33 PM Stroman, Elissa <[log in to unmask]>
> > The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech
> > University is hiring an Archival Associate in our Audio Visual
> > The essential job functions include overseeing the digital migration
> > of analog audio, video, and film; processing A/V collections, creating
> > finding aids, and producing metadata for recordings; and administering
> > repair work and preventative maintenance for analog transfer equipment.
> > This is a full-time benefits-eligible staff position located in
> > Lubbock Texas, starting at $15 per hour.
> > A direct link to the hiring website and job description (position
> > 25524BR) can be found here:
> > rid=25898&siteid=5635&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=656697
> > This Archival Associate position is also listed on the Texas Tech
> > library's employment page:
> > Any questions can be directed to me.
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> > Elissa Stroman, PhD (she/her)
> > Unit Manager in the Audio Visual Department at the Southwest
> > Collection/Special Collections Library Texas Tech University Box
> > 41041, Lubbock TX 79409
> > 806-834-0998
> > Editor, West Texas Historical Review