Project Archivist (Part Time)
The Project Archivist is responsible for processing, arrangement, description, and cataloging of a large collection of papers of an American documentary filmmaker for the Special Collections Department of the Margaret Herrick Library. In addition, the Project Archivist will interact with a library team responsible for providing digital access to selected files that document films made under the Motion Picture Production Code. This is a part-time grant-funded position. The position reports to the Manager of Special Collections and the work will be performed at the Academy’s Pickford Center in Hollywood. The appointment is for two years.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Arrange, describe, and catalog manuscript material in the papers of a 20th century documentarian who specialized in non-fiction films on historical figures and events, often with a political bent.
- Create descriptive catalog records and metadata for the contents of selected files in the Motion Picture Association of America: Production Code Administration records that will be digitized in-house for access online. Both collections will utilize the library’s Inmagic database system.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and information science.
- Bachelor’s degree in film studies, history, art history or a related field.
- Two years of experience in an archive or library is preferred.
- Understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections and knowledge of archival best practices and current developments. Experience with Inmagic is preferred.
- Knowledge of current metadata and descriptive standards, including DACS and EAD.
- Familiarity with digital asset management systems. Familiarity with TEAMs/ OpenText Media Management is preferred.
- Knowledge of American film history, with broad awareness of documentary films as well as the Motion Picture Production Code.
- Ability to communicate both simple and complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, to people with varying degrees of knowledge of archival theory and practice.
- Set priorities, meet deadlines, and work independently and collaboratively.
- Strong communication and problem-solving skills.
- Good penmanship and organizational skills.
- Fluent English-language communication skills.
- Ability to lift a 40-pound box to and from high and low shelving.
- Will need to climb stairs.
Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs@Oscars.org. Indicate Project Archivist in the subject line.