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Posted: 11/17/2009

Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). The archives hold ten million feet of film and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings and is considered one of the most significant regional moving image archives in the United States. The organization is located on the Main Street of Bucksport, Maine, in a 1916 cinema building, in which NHF operates the Alamo Theatre, a 125-seat cinema, presenting first run films and live cultural and community events. Northeast Historic Film is recognized as a national leader in the community of audiovisual archives, working with colleagues in the Association of Moving Image Archivists and in collaborative projects.

Media Cataloger
Professional Opportunity
Bucksport, ME
$40,000 - 45,000

Northeast Historic Film seeks a full-time Media Cataloger to create records for 50 moving image collections in the course of a one-year grant project, Intellectual Access to Moving Images of Work Life, 1916-1950, January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. To be hired immediately. The Cataloger will be responsible for creating and publishing 50 finding aids with approximately 1,300 item-level records using a CollectiveAcccess database to catalog and provide access to the holdings. The Cataloger must have a high level of skill and knowledge of metadata creation. The top level finding aids will be published in EAD with attached item-level descriptions using the PBCore schema, so experience with the Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary is a plus. The Cataloger will be responsible for creating workflow for research, writing, entry, editing and publication of the records, working with a Cataloging Assistant. The Cataloger will be responsible for supervising the assistant and interns. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential for relations with collection donors and others.

This position reports to the Executive Director and will work closely with project Principal Investigator, the Collections Manager, CollectiveAccess developer, Website developer, Technical Services manager, Cataloging Assistant, and student interns.


" Create new descriptive cataloging, consolidating and deploying Northeast Historic Film authority control for 50 moving image collections.

" Ensure that the CollectiveAccess cataloging system works smoothly and efficiently to create the integrated hierarchical catalog records for the moving image materials.

" Select and create one thematically appropriate digital still image and digital video for each collection to accompany the catalog record, working with the Collections Manager and Technical Services staff.

" Publish completed records, adhering to project schedule with the completed thematic research collection, Moving Images of Work Life, 1916-1950, delivered at the end of 2010.

" Write and submit reports as required by granting agency and employer.

" Update project Website and contribute to project blog.

" Supervise cataloging assistant and interns.


The successful applicant will have excellent planning, organizing, and problem-solving abilities. She/he will have experience with delegation and supervision.


" Previous experience as a moving image cataloger required.

" MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program highly desirable, although 3+ years as a cataloger with demonstrated training and high level skills may be considered.

" Experience working with audiovisual materials in an archival context, familiarity with DACS, AMIM, AACR2, PBCore.

" Keyboard speed and accuracy.

" Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills.


Salary range $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience.

Health insurance.

10 paid holidays.

Flexible schedule.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Qualified applicants should send letters of application, complete r?©sum?©s, sample cataloging and/or relevant links. Also names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to Barbara Manning, Business Manager, barb@oldfilm.org
Barbara Manning

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