Metabolic Studio Seeks Digital Archivist

Metabolic Studio is looking for a digital archivist. Metabolic is a project of the Annenberg Foundation led by Lauren Bon an artist and director of the Foundation. Located in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Studio is a multi-disciplinary study of issues related to culture, sustainability, and health at the intersection of art and philanthropy.

The studio’s announcement reads:


§  Defines, creates and oversees and manages all aspects of the Metabolic Studio’s internal and external digital archive consisting of a media and data management/classification system. Responsible for assessing, selecting, organizing, preserving and providing immediate and longer-term access to archival information key to the work of the Metabolic Studio.

Key Accountabilities:

§  Document versions, sections, related content, analytical model library, and future initiatives criteria for all Metabolic Studio’s current and historical content (documents, photos, videos)

§  Utilizes a variety of automated and manual editing and archival systems to accommodate a variety of materials

§  Create and manage the web/public presentation of Metabolic Studio’s project based archive

§  Manage controls for the data library and process management infrastructures

§  Manage electronic storage, access, and retrieval of assets

§  Ensure that the table of contents is current, accurate and available in the Studio and to the public

§  Manage and support the organization’s database which provides storage for all current and historical media spanning 5 years worth of work and projects

§  Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned

§  Catalogs, organizes, stores, preserves and maintains complete and up-to-date information on archived items. Ensures items are meta-tagged, archived and organized and ensures that captions, credits and attributions are accurate

§  Provides server-based access to archived materials. Ensures that descriptions and procedures are written in such a way that trustee, members of the staff, outside institutions and the public can effectively use relevant portions of the archives. Responds to inquires and provides assistance to people seeking access

Primary Interactions:

§  Regular contact with Metabolic Studio management and staff, and Annenberg Foundation management and staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

§  A minimum of 4-5 years experience as a Digital Archivist

§  Experience with archives and records management methodologies

§  Familiarity with archive/database modeling/design/applications

§  Experience with collections management systems a plus

§  Deep understanding of the vision/mission/values established by the Trustee

§  Excellent writing ability

§  Strong critical thinking and analytical skills

§  Excellent oral presentation and communication skills

§  Ability to work effectively with Trustees, colleagues, and the general public

§  Strong management skills and ability to inspire and motivate a team

§  Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate a variety of resources and gain agreement/commitment

§  Strong interpersonal and influence skills

§  Familiarity with the Studio and non-profit sectors and their unique standards and requirements

§  Persistence and very strong detail orientation

§  Ability to effectively use a variety of office computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel)

§  Ability to balance priorities in a multi-task environment

Education and Experience:

§  The successful candidate should possess a BS or MS in Library/Information Science or related degree from an accredited program

§  Driver’s license

Working Conditions:

§  Works primarily in a Studio office but may also spend time on site visits or in public venues – use of computers requires hand/wrist motion and visual focus – requires of written documents and websites

To apply: Forward your resumé to:

Deadline: Resumés will be accepted until January 24, 2011.

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