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Monday, April 18, 2022 9:03 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Digital Archivist 

(April 18, 2022)

Position Title - Digital Archivist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Head of Archives

Position Type - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000-$55,000

Cai Studio is seeking a full-time Digital Archivist with exceptional computer skills, knowledge of audiovisual and digital preservation practices, and experience working with collection management software. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, proactive, and can multitask in a fast-paced environment.

Under the direction of the artist, Cai Studio oversees the fabrication of original artworks, the coordination of public exhibitions, and the conception and production of related publications. The archive department is one of the three main departments (projects, archives, and collections) at the studio. This department is responsible for cataloging and maintaining photographs, videos, and printed documentation of artworks, the art making process, and exhibitions from the earliest stages of Cai’s career up to the present day. The team contributes to a wider understanding of the artist by supporting publications, exhibitions, and scholarship.


- Oversee preservation of and access to the studio’s archive of audiovisual media, both analog and digital

- Manage studio systems including Synology NAS, AWS storage, and LTO tape

- Evaluate and update current digital preservation policies according to evolving industry best practices; document and implement new policies as needed

- Collaborate with archives and collections team on database management and metadata needs

- Work with studio staff to address audiovisual and digital needs for upcoming projects and exhibitions

- Ingest and catalogue video material when received

- Field scholarly and press requests for video material

- Work in an efficient, timely manner. Some project-related travel may be required.

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

- Advanced degree in Library Science or Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, or equivalent combination of education and experience

- Demonstrated knowledge of audiovisual and digital archives, including preservation of analog and born-digital formats

- Strong knowledge of and experience applying metadata standards such as EAD, DACS, MODS, and VRA Core

- Knowledge of controlled vocabularies and standards including the Getty AAT and Library of Congress Subject Headings

- Experience working with vendors for archival digitization, IT, and storage

- Working knowledge of photo/video equipment and scanning/digitization workflows

- Familiarity with command-line based digital preservation programs and shell scripting within a macOS/UNIX environment

- Background and/or interest in contemporary art and art history

- Bilingual speaking and reading skills in Mandarin Chinese and English


- Working experience of Catalogue raisonné

- Working knowledge of Filemaker database software

- Working knowledge of Collective Access database software

- Knowledge of linked data principles such as Wikidata, BIBFRAME, and Linked Art.

Please send your résumé and cover letter to Cai Studio at nystudio.search@gmail.com

with “Digital Archivist” in the subject line. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

http://www.caiguoqiang.com/press/PDFforPress/Digital Archivist_Cai Studio_2022.pdf

To Apply Send résumé and cover letter to nystudio.search@gmail.com

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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