• Application Deadline: 09/20/2019
  • Company: Penland School of Crafts
  • Location: Bakersville, North Carolina

The Jane Kessler Memorial Archives at Penland School of Craft (the archives) collects, preserves, and makes available the records of Penland School. The archives’ collections track the evolution of Penland from its beginning during the Appalachian Craft Revival into the influential adult education center that it is today. The archives collects not only the administrative records of the school, but also holds manuscript collections, maps and architectural drawings, image and audio-visual collections, objects and artifacts, and selected print materials. The archives is the only permanent collecting entity at the school.


  • - In collaboration with the archivist, plans for the effective preservation, access, and security of the collections as a whole and specifically develops and implements policies and procedures for the digital collections
  • - Works with an external vendor to schedule and monitor digitization of 16mm film, and multiple formats of analog video and audio tapes
  • - Arranges for the disposition of the resulting digital files
  • - Conducts research and conveys findings by writing archival finding aids, project blogs, and Instagram posts
  • - Arranges and describes simple and complex archival collections comprised mainly of visual resources, in accordance with accepted professional standards
  • - Manages ingest, storage, and retrieval of digital assets; establishes protocols for downloading, renaming, backing up, rating, grouping, optimizing, maintaining and exporting digital media files
  • - Familiarity with metadata schemas specific to visual resources and media files
  • - Also consults with the school’s IT Manager and Communications Manager to ensure open communications, systems compatibility, and to establish high standards that ensure the successful transfer and secure storage of all project materials
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