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Monday, April 26, 2010

F/T (temporary) - Specialist II/Jerome Robbins Moving Image Archive - NYPL

The New York Public Library

Type of Library

Job Description
Reporting to the Coordinator of the Jerome Robbins Moving Image Archive, the Specialist II:
•Assists the archive’s moving image acquisition program
•Reviews holdings of the collection, acquires new materials and evaluates the existing moving image materials to determine need for replacement by acquisition or for preservation
•Initiates and maintains contacts with choreographers and dance companies, television networks, stock footage houses and archives for acquisitions
•Advises dance companies and individuals on archival matters
•Drafts correspondence for gift solicitation and acknowledgments, and recommends acquisition of commercially available films and tapes
•Inventories, organizes, makes decisions regarding handling of incoming materials, both individual items and large collections
•Assists the Original Documentations Specialist in creating moving image records of dance performances, including negotiating contracts, coordinating schedules for videotape sessions and obtaining appropriate written permissions
•Assists with grant proposals and implementation of grant projects
•Assists with collection management, including statistics, and record keeping
•Provides reference information at public reference desk, by correspondence and telephone, as needed
•Performs related duties as required

Required Experience
•Master’s degree required and knowledge of dance history and contemporary dance performance preferred
•Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with dance, film and video professionals, and performing arts organizations
•Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to interact tactfully and effectively with staff, the public, and dance and film/ videotape professionals
•Successfully demonstrated ability to work independently in organizing and carrying through complex projects, from initial contact through follow-up and acknowledgment
•Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, with judgment, accuracy, and attention to detail
•Demonstrated flexibility and reliability
•Extensive film and videotape experience preferred
•Demonstrated computer and related technology skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access

MLS Requirement
Master’s degree required

Education Requirements
Master’s degree required


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