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Entered 11/20/2017
Company Harvard University Library - Cambridge, MA
Position Assistant Film Conservator
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Reporting to the Film Conservator of the Film Preservation Unit in Media Preservation of the Harvard Library, the Assistant Film Conservator is responsible for the processing, inspection and preliminary cataloging of new acquisitions and the preparation of outgoing films for the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) and other Harvard Library repositories. Assists in the planning and execution of collection-wide preservation projects. Manages digital assets. Assists patrons who need to view film.


Performs accession duties: inspects material and creates detailed condition reports and preliminary cataloging records for all items coming into the HFA and other Harvard Library repositories.

Performs conservation duties: re-houses material into archival enclosures; creates film can labels and assigns barcodes; adds countdowns and leaders; obtains footage counts and determines whether a film is missing footage; checks for physical damage; tests for and treats deteriorating acetate films.

Inspects multiple copies of films to determine the best quality print.

Monitors film materials stored in the Harvard Depository.

Assists patrons in the viewing of film prints on flatbed viewers at the Conservation Center.

Tracks and manages digital assets.

Other duties, as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Formal training or degree in Film Preservation with a minimum of two years handling 35mm and 16mm film in an archival or museum environment.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in film or media studies.

Working knowledge of FIAF standards and recommendations for the storage, handling and projection of film. Proven knowledge of different video formats.

Experience in the management of digital assets.

Mechanical experience with a variety of film equipment, including projectors, flat-bed viewers and hand-powered rewinds.

Additional Qualifications

Projection experience is strongly preferred.

Experience with film cataloging tools preferred.

Knowledge of current film digitization workflows and practices preferred.

Knowledge of one Romance language is preferred.

Ability to repair film equipment strongly preferred.

Attention to detail; ability to work independently.

Additional Information


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position is occasionally required to lift materials weighing up to 40 pounds and navigate heavily loaded rolling hand carts.


The work associated with this position is performed in a library/office setting.

There may be limited exposure to dust and mold.

Diversity Statement:
At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at http://lib.harvard.edu/about-us and about the Harvard University community at http://hr.harvard.edu/why-harvard .

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

Job Function





USA - MA - Cambridge


Harvard Library, Media Preservation

Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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