54th Annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections Conference goes Virtual! (AND FREE!)

ARSC is pleased to announce that it will host a virtual conference, May 21-23, 2020, 11 AM to 7 PM EDT, instead of its previously scheduled meeting in Montréal.

The virtual conference will include live presentations on the Zoom Video Webinar Platform, and recorded presentations made available for on-demand viewing in the Aviary online platform.

The conference is free to all but registration is required.

We look forward to seeing you online! For more details, programming, and TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.

From the Living Computers Museum+Labs: PreserveIT! is back in 2020 with a new speaker series!

By Amelia R., LCM+L

In April 2017 Living Computers: Museum + Labs held our first annual PreserveIT! event in honor of Preservation Week. The event featured three days of speakers and demos. Since our first launch, Living Computers has continued to hold an annual multi-day event of speakers and demos around the Preservation theme – PreserveIT! 2018: Analog vs. Digital, and PreserveIT! 2019: Disasters.

For PreserveIT! 2020, we have re-imagined the Preservation Week honorary event into a series with monthly speakers between May and October. This year’s theme is Preservation & Access: Digital Legacy. We will explore the role of technology in providing access to your digital story, with topics around migration and digitization.

Preservation Week was launched by the American Library Association as a response to the need for public preservation awareness. A 2005 national survey revealed that many libraries and cultural institutions had collections in need of preservation and limited staff to conduct collection care. Preservation Week has become an annual campaign held during the last week of April, and it is celebrating its tenth year in promoting preservation activities through libraries and other institutions.

Preservation is an underlying goal of our work at Living Computers. We are working to preserve the history of the machine itself through our collection efforts. We are preserving historical computer systems by restoring them to working condition, and we preserve the user experience by offering our restored computers to our visitors to use, play with, and explore.

The overall theme of Digital Legacy this year is to address the concerns in preserving our digital life. Our digital life–from our photos and documents to our social postings–are all at risk of their formats becoming obsolete. Key concepts that will be covered during the series will be migration of formats, providing access, and using digitization. The topics will cover preservation concerns with digital art, providing access to architectural files, and other topics that share the key concepts enumerated above.

Stay tuned to Living Computers’ website and social channels for more information about PreserveIT! 2020!!-is-back-in-2020-with-a-new-speaker-ser.aspx

Archives Workers Emergency Fund

The Society of American Archivists Foundation has announced the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Applications will open on April 15 at 3:00 pm CT.

The fund will be administered through the SAA Foundation, which is providing seed money of $15,000. Tax-deductible donations to the AWEF will also be accepted beginning April 15.

As repositories have been forced to temporarily close or institute remote work in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many archival workers — particularly those in contingent positions — are facing significant financial and employment challenges. The AWEF will help to meet urgent financial needs, providing support to archival workers who have lost income because of a change in their work status or circumstances such as inadequate sick or family leave time.

Due to the unpredictability of the crisis and times of acute need, applications to the fund will be considered on a rolling basis up to December 31, 2020.

Production & Digitization Technician Job Opportunity.

 Production & Digitization Technician

Summary: Gates Archive is the private archive of the personal and philanthropic collections of the Gates family. Committed to creating a culture of learning and belonging, we are a team working to build a next generation archive with a focus towards digital-forward processes.

Gates Archive is seeking a Production & Digitization Technician to execute digitization, audiovisual documentation, and related description and delivery efforts for its archival materials. This position will work collaboratively across the organization to advance the development and use of digital collection content, by making materials identifiable and available through digital asset management systems and other discovery tools and platforms.

This is a full-time contract position expected to work onsite in our Seattle, WA office, scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.

Responsibilities. Work closely with the Gates Archive team to:

• Reformat and digitize selected collection material for documentation and access purposes

• Capture, process, and edit video and audio recordings

• Organize, upload, and process still image and audiovisual media files for access and ingest into a digital asset management system (DAMS) and digital preservation system

• Operate video cameras, audio recording equipment, and lighting in a studio setting for the production of oral history interviews

• Operate and maintain archival reformatting equipment – reprographic cameras, scanners, audiovisual playback decks, conversion hardware and software

• Administer controlled vocabularies for a network of organizations with a global scope

• Contribute to keyword normalization efforts, consolidating submitted terms and creating new relationships

• Revise archival records for accuracy and adherence to authority standards as needed

• Assist in the care and upkeep of production lab and studio environments

• Prepare material for third-party vendor digitization, perform quality control reviews for reformatted materials (in-house or third-party digitization)

• Fulfill other organizational duties as required

Required Skills:

• Photography and/or videography expertise, preferably in an archival or production setting

• Digital file management expertise, preferably in an archival, library, or repository environment

• Demonstrated ability to organize, tag, and describe visual materials, i.e. photos, video

• Ability to work collaboratively and productively through shifting priorities

• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; open to giving, receiving, and responding to colleague feedback

• Highly organized with strong attention to details

• Image/audio/video editing software proficiencies (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, WaveLab, Adobe Audition, Audacity)

• MS Office suite abilities

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Applicant must be able to satisfy background check and related requirements.

Preferred Skills:

• Working knowledge of archival or documentary material digitization

• Familiarity with archival collection management systems, digital asset management systems, or similar platforms (e.g., web/enterprise content management systems)

• Understanding of and ability to apply controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and descriptive standards to content

• Archival material processing ability (digital/physical)

• Familiarity with modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation. This knowledge includes an understanding of appraisal methods, arrangement and description, preservation, and access (digital/physical)

• Familiarity with 3D modeling and photogrammetry technologies (e.g., Autodesk ReCap, Agisoft Metashape)

Education/Experience: A deep expertise in archives, libraries, museums, or media creation/management. This depth of expertise is typically found in earning a Master’s Degree in Archival Studies, or Library & Information Science, or in equivalent professional experience (or combination of both).

Deadline for applications: Review of applications will begin on March 13, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the date the review begins.

To apply, submit a résumé and cover letter to our recruiting partners at:

Hansell Tierney

(206) 232-3080