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    The Audio Preservation Specialist position is located in the Audio Preservation Laboratory at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) and reports directly to the Audio Laboratory Supervisor. The incumbent works with audiovisual performances fixed or recorded in various legacy media. The position involves handling of both the legacy media and the legacy equipment on which the works are played.

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    This position is located in the Recording Laboratory, Preservation Services Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), Packard Campus, Culpeper, VA.

    The position description number for this position is 137311.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    Creates digital files of selected materials and performs post-processing functions consistent with preservation directives with a keen sense of awareness to archival sensitivities. Performs digital preservation on Recorded Sound Collection materials encompassing the earliest historical analog formats through modern digital media. Must have a trained ear for optimal extraction of audio signals from both analog and digital recording formats. Knowledge of digital audio file formats and software tools is necessary to ensure that bit accurate copies and transfers are accomplished routinely. An understanding of database and cataloging standards for the creation and modification of metadata associated with the collections to be preserved. Generates master Broadcast. WAV files at 24-bit/96 kHz and higher from analog and digital source materials. Ensures audio content media is digitized to a master file at native bit depth resolution and sample rate, with no up-sampling or other modifications. Additionally, creates high resolution access browse files plus tape and disc duplications as directed.

    Transfer work produce’s digital files and/or physical media reproductions which may result in commercial works for publication, issue, or sale purposes by the Library or its clients.

    Surveys internal collections, identifying and inventorying groups of materials. Analyzes, determines, and prioritizes preservation requirements. Develops and proposes long-term strategies for the preservation of collections. Assesses collections and archives considered for acquisition by the Library, with regard to condition, contents, scope, storage history, and other | aspects pertinent to the preservation and long-term survival of the material.

    The incumbent assists the Audio Laboratory Supervisor, an expert in the operation of a full range of complex and sophisticated professional audio broadcast equipment. Interconnects various units to fulfill the unique needs of each production. Tunes, adjusts, monitors, analyzes the performance of, and makes appropriate adjustments to the equipment while the system is operating during a preservation transfer. Determines from meters, and audio monitors which, if any, adjustments must be made to assure the highest technical quality of each preservation project.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530172800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.