New York, NY; Audio and Moving Image Specialist, NYPL Library for the Performing Arts


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts—whether professional or amateur—the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.

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Principal Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Curator, the AMI Specialist will assist in:

  • Managing the intake, storage, and preservation of RHA’s audio and moving image assets.
    This will include working with the RHA Assistant Curator in the implementation of RHA’s portion of a major AMI digitization initiative, including identifying, batching, and tracking legacy formats as they move through different phases of preservation.
  • Serves on the public reference and special collections desks and provides general reference and in-depth consultations, particularly for queries related to RHA’s non-commercial AMI holdings
    Helps to implement RHA’s portion of a multi-year NYPL AMI digitization initiative, with a particular focus on grooved media formats
  • Facilitates “on demand” audio and moving image digitization, performing preliminary assessments of item condition, creating metadata, and liaising with Preservation staff to schedule digitization
  • In consultation with the Assistant Curator, tracks acquisition information, location, format, and condition of incoming and existing collections
  • Oversees arrangement and conditions of collection stacks to ensure proper storage of fragile, deteriorating, or other special-needs formats
  • Alongside the Curator and Assistant Curator, participates in NYPL-wide discussions regarding new or improved workflows for inventorying, processing, cataloging and preserving AMI collections
  • Appraise first-generation preservation copies of deteriorated audio formats for possible deaccession
  • Determine size and safe transport methods for batches of lacquer discs to be digitized
  • Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities:Occasional supervision of interns and volunteers

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, preferably in library science, audio visual preservation, sound engineering, music technology, or a related field.
  • 3 years professional employment in a research setting such as a library, university, or archive
  • A working knowledge of classical and vernacular musical repertories and the history of recorded sound technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the acquisition and processing of archival audio/visual materials including descriptive techniques, preservation best practices, and the provisions necessary for public service, including audio digitization requests and rights management
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, oral, and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to work effectively with the general public, educators and students, advanced scholars, independent researchers, and a wide variety of staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience working with lacquer discs and/or cylinder recordings
Work Environment:

Library stacks
Public reference desks
Physical Duties:

Ability to perform physical requirements including retrieving and moving material weighing up to 40 pounds

Starting Salary:

USD $51,224.00/Yr.


35 hours per week, during library hours.
Evenings and weekends as required
Schedule subject to change


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