Director of Library & Archives

Washington, D.C.
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Created: January 7, 2014


Auto req ID 17127BR
Job Title Director Library & Archives
Job Type Full Time
CBS Business Unit Showtime
Sub-Business Unit Smithsonian Networks
Location DC-Washington

Job Description The Director of Library & Archives is responsible for the long-term preservation and accessibility of SNI’s original and other re-usable audiovisual assets. He or she will oversee digital preservation and cataloging of these assets, and will manage the work of freelance staff to accomplish special projects and annual department goals.

Digital preservation: To ensure that SNI's original and other re-usable content is preserved to archival standards and remains available for future use, this position will: Develop and execute preservation and access strategies and workflows; Maintain, update, and upgrade archiving software and hardware; Manage special projects such as digitization of original videotape and preservation of digitally recorded assets; Collaborate with Production Technology & Operations, Production Management, and Post Production to integrate archival best practices into daily production workflows; Engage in long-term planning for digital archive growth and future needs; Stay current with relevant advances in technology and best practices.

Footage database: To ensure that staff can locate and re-use unedited original footage and other re-usable assets, this position will: Administrate Collective Access footage database (SCOUT); Oversee cataloging of new assets as well as SNI’s back catalog; Recruit, train and supervise freelance catalogers, as needed; Set guidelines and templates for logging of new original footage by production teams; Train production staff on SCOUT database use and search strategies; Work with IT and outside developer to maintain and upgrade database software and hardware.

Stock Sales : To monetize SNI’s original raw footage, this position will: Manage selection and preparation of saleable stock footage clips for external sales; Work with various SNI staff to identify opportunities for increasing stock sales; Maintain relationship with SNI’s stock footage representative and set priorities for clip selection.

Footage Research : To ensure that production staff can access and use the best available content for SNI programs, this position will: Act as in-house consultant on archival & stock footage searches for original productions; Perform footage searches in-house and elsewhere, as needed; Act as liaison with Rights & Clearances on pertinent stock footage and rights issues.

Smithsonian Institution Archives: To assess value and facilitate access to archives within the Smithsonian Institution, this position will: foster working relationships with archivists across the Institution and improve process for acquiring SI-owned footage for use in SNI programming.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or similar combination of experience and education required.
  • A master’s degree or coursework in library or archival science is preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in an audiovisual archives; knowledge of physical and file-based video formats and digital preservation best practices; deep understanding of documentary production processes
  • Must have demonstrated budgeting, project management, and supervisory experience
  • Strong research skills: must have extensive experience locating archival footage and stills from a variety of public and private sources
  • Knowledge of copyright and experience in negotiating use agreements and clearing rights for television broadcast is essential.
  • Must be highly organized, attentive to detail, able to multitask, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with the following software is required: Collective Access, Filemaker Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Production Suite

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