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O’Leary Library Digital Media Archivist Assistant

University of Massachusetts Lowell
UMass Lowell
Closing date
Jul 10, 2021

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Job Details

Job no: 508285
Position type: Staff Part Time, Hourly
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited – Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Library
Salary: $20/hour
Applications Open: May 12 2021
Applications Close: Jul 07 2021

General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a part time Library Digital Media Archivist Assistant.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Library Operations & Hospitality and the Archivist and Special Projects Manager, the candidate will perform the following job duties:

  • Follow all UMass Lowell work safety protocols.
  • Supervise/train work study students and interns.
  • Assist with video captioning, retrieving media materials for Faculty and students and instructing on use policies.
  • Set up audio and video conversion workstations in OLE and Room 326 to convert legacy formats such VHS, audio cassettes, and reel to reel tapes, using audacity software.
  • Organize and share digital files including, audio, still images, and video.
  • Choose appropriate media access platforms based on permissions and copyright including Ensemble, Internet Archive, and YouTube.
  • Describe and introduce Media holdings in LibGuides, using accurate credit lines, authorship, citation.
  • Inventory Media Center Archives, identifying unique holdings to be digitized relating to UMass Lowell culture and pedagogy as well as Lowell History.
  • Maintain databases for Permission Agreements, Collections, Donations, Release Forms, Policies, etc.
  • Gather all legacy files from the multiple external hard drives and discs in the Media Archives.
  • Address long term Digital Preservation by maintaining multiple copies of files in several locations, run routine fixity reports on external hard drives, etc.
  • Use software to transcribe Oral History interview videos and audio recordings.
  • Lift heavy boxes, rearrange and re-house collections to maximize shelving efficiency.
  • Respond to inquiries, by phone, email, and LibAnswers while maintaining a record of research requests listing topics and collections accessed.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelors degree and multimedia experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a part-time, temporary, non-unit, non-benefited position for 18 hours/week.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications have been received.

Please include a resume with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. Submission of a cover letter is optional.


Working at University of Massachusetts Lowell

Located in the culturally and historically rich Merrimack.

Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a vibrant research university that offers its 13,000 students more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, professional master’s and doctoral degree programs. Exciting opportunities in experiential and service learning, scholarship, community engagement, and international partnerships can be found across the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Management; Sciences; School of Health and Environment; and Graduate School of Education.

This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity at UMass Lowell. Student enrollment and retention have improved annually. Research funding and alumni giving have increased significantly and the campus has embarked on the construction of two new academic buildings: the Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center and the Health & Social Sciences Building.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

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