Job: Archive Manager

4.24.16 –  Manager, Archive of Maori & Pacific Music (AMPM)
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Sarah P’s comments: highly specialized, but oh so interesting…

Libraries & Learning Services:

The Archive of Māori & Pacific Music houses an ethnographic sound collection relating to the Māori and the Pacific which is of national and international significance.  Established in 1970 to promote research into the music of Māori, and other peoples of the Pacific Islands, it includes material from most tribal groups of New Zealand and most Pacific Islands, commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, oral histories, stories and language resources.  The Archive is open to the general public as well as researchers, scholars and students.

The University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services team is seeking an experienced audio-visual archivist to manage the Archive. The appointee will be familiar with current best practice in the preservation and digitisation of audio-visual archives, with experience in appropriate handling of obsolete or deteriorated audio-visual materials, as well as familiarity with audio-visual formats, playback equipment, and digital editing software.

The successful applicant will have an in depth understanding of the issues surrounding the creation, preservation and management of digital audio-visual objects. Experience in the maintenance and calibration of audio-visual equipment would be an advantage. Familiarity with ethical issues surrounding ethnographic recordings is important and knowledge of Maori and/or a Pacific Island language would be useful.

Desired qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualifications or comparable industry experience indicating relevant technical credentials in audio-visual media technology, sound and video engineering, materials science, audio-visual media archives, or related areas. The mix of tertiary qualifications and comparable experience must include a high level of expertise in audio technologies.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in conservation or comparable professionally recognised institutional training and experience, including both practical and theoretical conservation theory and materials science.

The Archive Manager’s primary duties will include:

  • Responsible for ensuring the ongoing development and maintenance of the archive through the development and implementation of preservation, digitisation and collection management plans.
  • Managing the description of all Māori & Pacific Music Archive collections through appropriate metadata standards, and to facilitate discovery of the metadata via the Archive’s and Library’s discovery systems.
  • Managing the provision of access to, and copies of AMPM recordings within the conditions of donor agreements
  • Supervision of the AMPM Library Assistant

This is a full-time 37.5 hours permanent level 6 position, working Monday to Friday.

If interested in this position, please include with your online application, a cover letter, CV and two referees.

The University has an equity policy and welcomes applications from all qualified persons.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students.

 Applications close: 8th of May 2016 (NZST)




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