Original Email to AMIA Education Committee:
Digital Preservation Fellow – 2.5 days/week
The New Museum seeks a Digital Preservation Fellow to perform archival processing, original research and technical documentation to expand the scope of the Museum’s Digital Archive to include interactive digital objects, and to further develop its documentation of the Museum’s new media art programs. The Museum will be the first museum to pilot the use of Rhizome’s Webrecorder tool to capture and document the dynamic web content of microsites that are part of the New Museum’s institutional history. The Fellow will also be responsible for researching the New Museum’s history of curating and promoting new media art, and will identify areas of the Digital Archive that should be better developed to represent that legacy.
• Processing legacy archives records and media in Collective Access.
• Contributing to metadata re-structuring and vocabulary implementation by auditing legacy record groups and scripting batch edits as needed.
• Piloting the archiving of web-based interactive objects with Rhizome’s Webrecorder tool.
• Making recommendations for technical and descriptive metadata for interactive digital objects.
• Identifying historical materials, particularly relating to the New Museum’s digital and web art programming, to highlight for 40th Anniversary exhibition and programming; and prioritizing those materials for digitization and ingest.
• Producing a digital chronology of the New Museum’s new media programming and technology initiatives.
• Producing short technical paper/reflective essay on web archiving tools and their relationship to collections that have strong historical ties to new media art, as reflected in the project work.
Completed coursework towards a Masters in Library/Archival Science, particularly audiovisual or digital archiving. Familiarity with/interest in new media art history. Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite to perform batch edits and metadata embedding of digitized visual materials (Photoshop, Premiere, Bridge). Experience using data management and publishing platforms. Familiarity with Collective Access, PHP and SQL a plus.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current resume (with links to academic and professional projects, as applicable) to email@example.com. All materials should be sent as a single PDF. Professional and academic letters of recommendation are welcome, and may be sent separately. Applicants who are selected for the position are expected to keep regular weekly hours from February – April 2017, to be negotiated in advance with the Archivist, and will be offered a modest stipend. Application reviews will begin January 9, 2017.