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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 Cataloging Assistant
Professional Opportunity
Bucksport, ME

Northeast Historic Film seeks a full-time Media Cataloging Assistant to assist in the creation of records and access copies for 50 moving image collections in the course of a one-year grant project, Intellectual Access to Moving Images of Work Life, 1916-1950, February 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. To be hired immediately. The Cataloging Assistant will assist the Cataloger, as directed, in creating and publishing 50 finding aids with approximately 1,300 item-level records using a CollectiveAccess database to catalog and provide access to the holdings. The Cataloging Assistant should have some 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 Cataloging Assistant will help train and supervise project interns.

This position reports to the Cataloger and will work closely with the project Principal Investigator, the Collections Manager, Technical Services manager, and student interns.


  • Assist with the creation of new descriptive cataloging records for 50 moving image collections.
  • Assist with the selection and creation of one thematically appropriate digital still image and digital video for each collection to accompany the catalog record, working with the Cataloger and the Collections Manager.
  • Create video masters and access copies of collections as directed.
  • Compile information for reports as required by granting agency and employer.
  • Contribute to project blog.
  • Supervise interns.

  • Previous experience in a moving image archives desired.
  • Experience working with audiovisual materials in an archival context, familiarity with DACS, AMIM, AACR2, PBCore helpful.
  • Working knowledge of film and video conservation standards needed.
  • Applicant must have strong film handling skills and be able to assess film condition for transfer.
  • Also must have proficiency in film repair techniques.
  • Applicant must have experience with film to video transfers, videotape dubbing and digitization.
  • The position will require good time management skills and quick learning abilities.

    Salary range $26,000-$29,000 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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