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BAVC is seeking a Library/Information Science postgraduate for our BAVC/NEH Preservation Fellowship program. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide high-level training, hands-on experience and career mentorship to a candidate entering the cultural heritage sector. The purpose of providing this intensive educational experience is to launch a new preservationist into the field, with a strong orientation towards community-based, accessible, preservation services.

The BAVC/NEH Preservation Fellow will be provided with the training necessary to perform transfers for program partners. By working with various partner collections the Fellow will gain experience dealing with a wide range of formats, tape conditions, and digital deliverables. Along with performing transfers, the Fellow will work closely with BAVC’s preservation director and on-site technician to troubleshoot, disassemble, and repair analog video playback equipment. As part of the program, the Fellow will have dedicated one-on-one meeting time with a preservation advisor to provide mentorship and career counseling. The advisor will work to provide connections to in-need collection-holders and potential employment opportunities at organizations in need of the Preservation Fellow’s skills and training.

Ideal candidates for the Preservation Fellow should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong connections to communities that are underrepresented by, or lack connections to, dominant media.

  • Hands-on experience with audiovisual digitization is not required, but candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in the topic and a nuanced understanding of digitization concepts and practices.

  • The desire to find a career working with community-driven archives or cultural heritage organizations.

The collections to be digitized have not yet been finalized, but are likely to include content such as Asian American heritage, California history, technology history, and activism.


BAVC Media was founded when a group of media makers and activists met in January of 1976 to devise practical ways to encourage independent video-making in the Bay Area. In 1994, in partnership with the Getty Research Center, BAVC’s Preservation Department was created. BAVC Preservation works with museums, artists, and cultural institutions around the world to reformat, archive and make accessible seminal creative and cultural significant works on video and audiotape, as well as community-based works that are broadly used in academia, research, and other media projects. Today, BAVC’s Preservation work represents one of the nation’s longest-standing nonprofit audiovisual preservation programs. With current and past funding from various government and philanthropic foundations including NEA, NEH, Mellon, Rockefeller, and Knight, BAVC Preservation has implemented practices and services that helped define the field of video preservation. BAVC Preservation continues that work today by pursuing a range of field-building initiatives and services. BAVC Media thrives as a diverse team that is representative of the communities that we serve, especially communities that have historically been excluded from media and technology jobs.


  • Inspecting, evaluating, baking, cleaning and labeling audiovisual materials such as reels, cassettes, discs, and digital storage media

  • Performing supervised transfers and keeping a log of errors

  • Maintaining and cleaning equipment as needed

  • Performing quality control on materials transferred by BAVC staff, contractors, and subcontractors

  • Assisting with installation and maintenance of equipment

  • Performing archival assessments of audiovisual materials held by individuals and small organizations

  • Assisting individuals and small organizations with the archival processing of digitized media object

  • Assist with the evaluation of BAVC’s 3-year grant program and final reporting


  • Proficiency with digital recording keeping practices

  • Demonstrated experience with archival processing

  • Strong troubleshooting skills

  • Strong physical and digital organizational skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of analog and digital video and audio formats and their associated playback environments

  • Knowledge of the care and handling of tape-based media objects

  • Knowledge of analog and born-digital audio, video, and data preservation issues and standards

  • Knowledge of command line tools and commands

  • Knowledge of multimedia software for Macs

  • Desire to learn new technologies and skills

  • Desire to work with community archives and community-based organizations


  • Constantly: Perform desk-based computer tasks

  • Frequently: Grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, and reach/work above shoulders.

  • Occasionally: Sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat.

  • Visual acuity including color vision and fair auditory acuity.

  • If you are able to lift 30 pounds over your head you may be expected to do so. However, the inability to do so will not affect your eligibility for the position and other BAVC staff will be able to help you with any lifting.


  • May have exposure to noise > 80dB TWA and confined spaces

  • Work on-site in BAVC facilities located in Oakland, California for all digitization-based tasks.

  • Remote work is possible during the evaluation portion of the Fellowship.

  • On-site visits to assess partner collections may be required

  • BAVC’s facility is on the 3rd floor. While there is an elevator it is frequently under repair and may not work at times.

ELIGIBILITY: This fellowship is meant for postgraduates from MLIS, MSI, or Library and Information science related graduate programs. Eligible applicants will have graduated up to three years prior (Spring 2019), or will be planning to graduate at the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Current employment status will not determine eligibility. Eligible applicants must currently reside in the United States. BAVC strongly encourages candidates from diverse and/or underrepresented communities and backgrounds to apply.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: The fellowship duration is 9 months. The fellowship will begin in either the Spring of 2022 or the Summer of 2022. BAVC can be flexible with regards to the start date in order to accommodate applicants graduating in the Spring of 2022. There is no option to extend the program once it has been completed.

COMPENSATION: The Fellow will receive a $50,000 stipend, to be paid in monthly increments. Moving costs and security deposit payments (up to $2,500 total) will also be reimbursed with proof of receipts.

MORE INFORMATION: BAVC has a casual dress code. Our Preservation office is located at 405 14th St, Suite 301 in Downtown Oakland. Our office is located on the same block as a 12th St BART entrance, and is within 3 blocks of at least 17 AC transit line stops (1T, 6, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 29, 33, 40, 51A, 72, 88, 96, 800, 840, 851). Street parking is available throughout Downtown Oakland, often with 2 hour limits for $2 per hour.

COVID-19 INFORMATION: In order to keep staff and participants as safe and healthy as possible, all staff and program participants will be required to be vaccinated (COVID-19) prior to beginning work.

HOW TO APPLY: Fill out this application. In order to start the application you will need to register for SurveyMonkey Apply. Once you are logged in and have filled out your eligibility information you should be able to start the application by clicking the APPLY button at the top right of the application page. To complete the application you will be asked to attach a CV/Resume as a PDF. The application closes Sunday, April 3rd at Midnight, Pacific Time.


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