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Summer 2020 Audiovisual Preservation Fellowship

In partnership with over 250 libraries, archives and museums (and growing), California Revealed provides free digitization, digital preservation, and online access to books, documents, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera that tell the incredible stories of the Golden State.

California Revealed gathers best archival practices for digitization and digital preservation, establishes low-cost, practical standards, and then manages digitization, online access, and digital preservation activities on behalf of partner organizations. Free public access is provided for teaching, study, and enjoyment. In addition, records are shared with Calisphere, WorldCat, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Home Movie Registry.

California Revealed is grant-funded by the California State Library. Project operations are located at the California State Library in Sacramento.

In collaboration with the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), California Revealed is a host site for AMIA's Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program and will offer one Audiovisual Preservation Fellow position during Summer 2020. The goal of this new program is to support and mentor the professional journeys of aspiring individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to find their learning objectives and help guide their development as professionals in the field of audiovisual archiving. Applications are now being accepted.

Position Description

The Audiovisual Preservation Fellow will help support the following activities:
  • Perform quality assurance and control of audiovisual files and metadata records.
  • Inventory and describe audiovisual materials.
  • Prepare audiovisual collection materials for digitization.
  • Upload audiovisual access files and metadata to the Internet Archive.
  • Normalize metadata in an Islandora content management system.
  • Pack audiovisual materials for shipping to digitization vendors.
  • Assist with collection curation and development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Experience

  • Interest in the fields of: archival science, library science, and audiovisual preservation.
  • Interest in California history.
  • Working knowledge of library and archives preservation principles, including digitization and metadata standards for long-term preservation and access.
  • Experience with quality assurance and control procedures for digitized archival materials, specifically audiovisual materials.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products such as Premiere Pro and Audition for quality control.
  • Experience with handling and preservation of archival materials, specifically audiovisual recordings.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently, in an environment where consultation, flexibility, and cooperation are essential.
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office applications in Mac environments, particularly Excel.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


$20/hour; up to 21 hrs/week, 200 hours total, for up to 10 weeks. Subsequent contracts dependent upon available funding. Student workers are welcome to arrange internships for credit with their institution.


Fellowship applications must be submitted separately to both California Revealed and AMIA by March 30, 2020.
Please apply for the AMIA Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship here.
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Pamela Vadakan, Director
California Revealed
California State Library
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Key dates
February 1 - March 30: Applications accepted
April 15: Selection made
May - August: Fellowship takes place up to 10 consecutive weeks (200 hours total)