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Digital Audio Visual Archivist

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Work type: Limited Term Part Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff



Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

The Digital Audio Visual Archivist is responsible for digitizing approximately 650 audio visual recordings on women and peace in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection; The incumbent will determine best methods for digitization, develop appropriate metadata and ensure preservation of, and access to, these digitized files. This project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and incumbent will be responsible for maintaining records of work processes to be included in reports to NEH.  Works with other SCPC staff, Swarthmore College ITS staff, Internet Archive staff, and professional lab staff during the grant process. This is a part-time (20 hours per week), 2 year limited term position.  This position is Pay Grade Exempt 08.

Essential Responsibilities:


  • Digitizes recordings or works with professional lab to provide digitization, depending on format
  • Oversees digitization processes performed by Technical Services Specialist and/or student assistants


  • Works with SCPC Curator and other staff to follow all needed aspects of NEH grant reporting requirements
  • Provides regular reports to Curator concerning work performed and work planned for subsequent portions of the grant period


  • Creates and maintains descriptive, technical, preservation, and rights metadata and oversees metadata creation by other staff members
  • Uploads metadata to Internet Archive, following procedures; works with Technical Services Specialist to oversee metadata created by that staff member


  • Establish and regularly update standards and policies for digital AV resources
  • Coordinates with SCPC/FHL Digital Archivist to create and maintain systems standards, especially in the area of AV recordings


  • Coordinates with SCPC/FHL Digital Archivist for the following, especially concerning AV resources
  • Develop preservation strategies and standards


  • Works with other SCPC staff to coordinate further access to AV recordings (beyond the Internet Archive)

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Gains knowledge of intellectual content of AV recordings, especially concerning the U.S. peace movement and women in the twentieth century
  • Works with other SCPC staff to coordinate preservation, maintenance, and access policies for continued implementation beyond grant period
  • May work with SCPC on site patrons to access digital AV recordings
  • Other related duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Oversees some work of the Peace Collection Technical Services Specialist
  • Supervise some student workers

Required Qualifications:

  • Required: Master’s Degree in Archives Administration, or Library or Information Science, with specialization in managing digital resources
  • Required-previous work in an archival setting as a professional staff member, with previous experience in: digitization of audio visual resources; preserving and providing access to those digital AV resources; creation of metadata audio visual resources; project management skills.
  • 2-4 years previous experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred-additional Master’s Degree in U.S. History or related field; Required-some college courses in U.S. History
  • Preferred-previous experience in providing access to digital resources, via such systems as Islandora

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Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 



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