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Preservation Video Engineer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 Per Annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 08/07/2018
Date Posted: 07/06/2018
Reference: 02044


Full Time or Part Time, Fixed Term for 6 months ( or part time equivalent ) 

The British Library is home to an extraordinary collection of sound and moving images: recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. The vast majority of these recordings are held on physical media in more than 40 different formats. As these items physically degrade and as the means of playing them disappear from production, the recordings on them must be preserved. Today, that means digitisation; creating and storing stable, digital files, accompanied by rich descriptive metadata.  


The Library has recently acquired an important collection of video recordings of live theatre performances, dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s, recorded on various magnetic and optical media (including VHS, U-matic, Hi8, MiniDV, DVCAM, DVCPRO and DVD-R). To preserve this collection, we are seeking an experienced video transfer engineer.


As a Preservation Video Engineer, you will produce transfers of video material according to established international archival standards, with associated metadata, for preservation.


Working closely with technical, cataloguing and curatorial teams and in a dedicated video transfer suite, you will produce stable digital files for preservation accompanied by technical metadata about the transfer process, and log and report on progress as required. Some quality checking of existing video and film transfers may be required, as may the provision of training in video technologies to other members of staff.


You will have a keen and analytical eye, a sharp attention to detail, and proven professional experience in working with legacy video hardware, including aligning, cleaning and setting up machines, as well as experience with the latest video capture systems and video editing software.


The successful applicant will have an in-depth knowledge of obsolete video formats, equivalent experience in modern video codecs and container formats and excellent IT skills. A relevant degree and/or professional experience working in an archive environment is required.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


This is a limited-funded position for 6 months if full time, or equivalent if part time.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


Closing date: 8 July 2018

Interview date: 23 July 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.


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