Hello everyone,

The University of Calgary is seeking an Audiovisual Preservation Technician to be part of a media reformatting project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The application deadline is September 9, 2016.

More details on the position:

About the reformatting project:

Audiovisual Preservation Technician, Archives & Special Collections, Libraries & Cultural Resources
Job ID: 11112
Updated: August 18, 2016
Location: Main Campus, Calgary

Position Overview

The Department of Archives & Special Collections within Libraries & Cultural Resources invites applications for an Audiovisual Preservation Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Associate University Librarian, and will help select, transfer, manage, preserve, and make accessible digitized media collections.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

*         Provide fully proficient technical support and highly skilled technical work of considerable complexity

*         Participate in workflow design and development and quality control

*         Provide a range of preservation and reformatting services for sound and video recordings held in Archives and Special Collections

*         Responsible for the digital preservation transfer of analogue audio and video recordings including reel to reel, U-matic, Betamax, VHS, and cassette formats

*         Research reformatting options for a variety of audio and video recording formats

*         Select and purchase appropriate equipment and software for the project, in close collaboration with staff in Archives and Special Collections and Technology, Digitization and Digital Services

*         Develop project workflows for a new reformatting initiative

*         Work alongside archivists and other project personnel to establish priorities for reformatting

*         Assess, stabilize, and prepare materials for reformatting

*         Undertake conversion of audiovisual recordings consistent with best practice and preservation standards in the archival community

*         Assesse the quality of digital transfers and create technical metadata relating to digital audiovisual files

*         Direct the day-to-day operations of the reformatting workflows

*         Collaborate with other Project Team members to develop appropriate workflows, access methods, and tools for digitized materials

Qualifications / Requirements:

*         Post-secondary training in audio or audio-visual engineering, production, preservation or in archival studies with a demonstrated specialty in the preservation of media collections

*         Knowledge of obsolete sound and video carriers, playback equipment, transfer technologies and contemporary digital formats

*         Strong oral and written communication skills

*         Hands-on experience in an audio studio or audio archive digitally preserving audiovisual collections

*         Knowledge of preservation reformatting standards

*         Experience applying standards in a deadline-driven environment

*         Familiarity, training or experience with archival collections or repositories

*         Demonstrated ability to research playback equipment and software available for purchase

*         Knowledge of metadata standards

*         Well-developed organizational and project management skills

*         Must have advanced playback equipment trouble shooting experience with a service background in obsolete audiovisual formats and legacy playback equipment

Application Deadline:  September 9, 2016

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website<>.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit<><>.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


Robb Gilbert
Project Archivist, Special Collections
Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary
TFDL 530G, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
Tel: 403.220.3611
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