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Migration Operator, Archives & Special Collections, Libraries & Cultural Resources

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Job ID: 14418

Updated: February 12, 2018

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Archives & Special Collections within Libraries & Cultural Resources invites applications for a Migration Operator. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 30 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Migration Operator works with the Specialist, Audiovisual Conservation and the LCR Project Team to perform migration of audio and video recordings from the EMI Music Canada Archive to digital preservation formats.

This role will report directly to the Specialist, Audiovisual Conservation. The successful candidate will work closely with the Specialist, Audiovisual Conservation, Project Coordinator, Conservation Assistant and other members of the LCR Project Team on the EMI Music Canada Archive media preservation project supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Inspects and treats audio and video tapes in preparation for migration
  • Performs migration of audio and video materials
  • Operates obsolete audio and video playback equipment
  • Performs regular cleaning and maintenance of audio and video playback equipment
  • Operates modern audio and video record and editing systems for migration ingest
  • Performs quality control checks on migrated materials in accordance with workflow procedures
  • Enters and updates technical metadata for migrated material
  • Prepares and receives audio and video collection materials migrated by outsourcing partners
  • Participates in project planning and workflow development
  • Responds to internal and external client requests for access to collection materials
  • Participates in the training and supervision of student assistants
  • Other duties related to migration and preservation of audiovisual materials as assigned

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma  in audio or video engineering, production, preservation, or in archival studies with a demonstrated speciality in the preservation and migration of media collections, or equivalent industry experience
  • Knowledge of obsolete sound and video carriers, playback equipment, transfer technologies and contemporary digital formats, including ¼ inch open reel audio tape, DAT, and optical discs
  • Hands-on experience in an audio studio or audio archive digitally preserving audio collections
  • Experience applying standards in a deadline-driven environment
  • Must have advanced playback equipment trouble shooting experience with a demonstrated background in obsolete audiovisual formats and legacy playback equipment
  • Knowledge of operating principles of analog and digital audio technology
  • Excellent critical listening skills and ability to monitor technical quality of audio and video content
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Well-developed organizational and project management skills
  • Must be able to frequently lift boxes of collection material up to 25lbs, and occasionally lift boxes up to 50lbs
  • Understanding of archival preservation principles
  • Knowledge of archival preservation reformatting standards, including digital audio and video preservation formats
  • Familiarity with metadata standards
  • Familiarity, training, or experience with archival collections or repositories
  • Knowledge of operating principles of analog and digital video technology

Application Deadline:  March 11, 2018   PLEASE NOTE: All applications will be reviewed as they are received.  If a successful candidate is identified, this posting will close early.

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. 


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