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Posted: 12/29/2010

Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film 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). Amateur film encompasses travel footage; this project includes New England, the New York metropolitan area, the New York World's Fair in Queens, NY, and locations in the US and Canada. Northeast Historic Film holds 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 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
Open Until
Until Filled

Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World's Fair and Its Period

Northeast Historic Film seeks a full-time Media Cataloger to create original descriptive records for 41 film collections in the course of a one-year grant project, “Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World's Fair and Its Period,” from February 2011 through January 2012. The Cataloger must have expert knowledge of moving image metadata theory and practice, as she/he will teach audiovisual descriptive practices as well as create records and oversee their creation. The Media Cataloger must balance audiovisual cataloging output with instructing and supporting two institutional partners in describing their collections, also organizing and carrying out professional cataloging workshops attended by 10-20 registrants.

The Media Cataloger, supported by an assistant, will be responsible for creation and publication of 41 archival finding aids following the DACS content standard with approximately 715 item-level records using the PBCore data structure. Knowledge of the New York World’s Fair (1939-1940) is necessary and must be swiftly acquired. The Cataloger will be responsible for creating workflow for research, writing, entry, editing and publication of the records, working with a Media Cataloging Assistant. The Cataloger will be responsible for supervising the assistant and interns. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential for relations with collection donors, project partners, instructional team members, consultants and others.

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


  • Create new descriptive cataloging, consolidating and deploying Northeast Historic Film authority control for 41 moving image collections. The top level finding aids will be published in EAD with attached item-level descriptions using the PBCore schema. Ensure that the CollectiveAccess cataloging system works smoothly and efficiently to create the integrated hierarchical catalog records for the moving image materials.
  • Publish completed records, adhering to project schedule, for the thematic online research collection, “Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World's Fair and Its Period,” by the end of 2011. Upload records to WorldCat and ArchiveGrid.
  • Lead cataloger training, instructing and assisting staff and students at partner institutions, as well as planning and leading publicly announced workshops for professional and nonprofessional catalogers. Workshops and classes range in duration from 1 to 5 days; project consultants will also be engaged in these sessions.
  • Write and submit reports as required by granting agency and employer.
  • Update project Website and contribute to project blog.
  • Supervise cataloging assistant and interns.

  • Expert and efficient descriptive moving image cataloging at the collection and item level.
  • Communication skills and tact, shepherding the progress of three organizations’ archival finding aids and item level records from inception to publication.
  • The successful applicant will have leadership, logistical and planning skills in creating workshops and instructional sessions for professional and inexperienced catalogers.
  • Instructional competence, including PowerPoint or Apple Keynote or similar slideshow tools, and live Web-based demonstration skills for presenting clearly in a variety of instructional settings.
  • She/he will be skilled in delegating, supervising and decision-making.

  • 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, PBCore, AMIM, AACR2.
  • Exceptional research, writing, organizing, and editing skills.
  • Travel required for work with project partners and for scheduled conferences and workshops.

  • How to apply
    Qualified applicants should send letters of application, complete résumés, 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. Questions about the position should be directed to David Weiss (david@oldfilm.org) Position to be filled as soon as possible for employment through January 2012.

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