Audiovisual Preservation Intern

In consultation with the Preservation Officer, and under the supervision of the Audiovisual Archivist, the Audiovisual Preservation Assistant will assist in re-housing and digitally preserving audiovisual collections held by the Rubenstein Library.  


  • Performs digital transfers of formats including audiocassette, open reel audio, DAT, minidisc, microcassette, and MiniDV.
  • Manages technical metadata generated by digital transfers.
  • Assists in the preservation re-housing of audiovisual materials.
  • Assists processing and description of audiovisual collections using standard archival description tools in conjunction with preservation projects.
  • Coordinates media transfers with Duke Digital Production Center in accordance with established procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.  


Required: Enrollment in (or recent graduate of) a graduate program in documentary arts, visual arts, public history, archives-oriented information and library science or related field with a minimum of nine credit hours completed.


Required:  Experience working with analogue audiovisual resources; the ability to work independently and efficiently; excellent communication skills; ability to work well with other staff members; interest in working with primary source materials; strong analytical, organizational, and writing skills; respect for privacy and confidentiality, and attention to the security of the materials.

Preferred:  Experience with archival processing; familiarity with Encoded Archival Description; working knowledge of computer-based technology in libraries, including the use of an integrated library system; and a working knowledge of principles for description of manuscript collections, such as DACS.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials; 
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible 
  • Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
  • Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Hiring Rate    

$15.50 per hour.  The position is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.


The internship is a temporary, part-time position available 19 hours per week during 2014-2015 academic year, July 2014 – June 2015.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business. 


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at:  Refer to requisition # 400860794.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.