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.
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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.
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> The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech
> University is hiring an Archival Associate in our Audio Visual department.
> 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:
> 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
> Editor, West Texas Historical Review