Image Archivist

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Job Description

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is currently considering applicants for the position of Image Archivist. The Image Archivist reports to the Director of Archives and is responsible for processing, digitizing, cataloguing and creating access to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s museum and archival collections; conducting historical research to validate, update, and correct collections data; applying archival standards to digitization process of archival materials and digital media.


1. Supports the entire Rock & Roll Hall of Fame organization by digitizing and processing paper, photographic and born-digital collections in the Library & Archives for both internal and external uses.

  • Creates, preserves, and provides access to digital assets primarily for use in the organization’s exhibition, marketing, online, research, and education initiatives.

  • Provides on-demand files or digitization for the organization’s time-sensitive initiatives (e.g., breaking news).

  • Creates finding aids and descriptive metadata for digitized and born-digital assets.

  • Manages information about copyright, donor restrictions, and permissions issues related to processing and access of digitized and born-digital materials.

  • Works with the Librarian and other Rock Hall staff as appropriate on metadata schema development and digital asset description.

  • Collaborates with the Technology Division and archives staff on digital workflows to support the preservation, access, storage, and security of digital materials.

  • Works with the Senior Director of Library & Archives and the Director of Archives to identify funding, collaborations, and grant opportunities in support of digital initiatives.

  • Stays up-to-date on emerging technologies and standards for the preservation of digital assets and maintains an awareness of current trends and developments in the archival profession.


2. Digitizes archival material for the purposes of preservation and public and staff access.

  • Works with the Director of Archives and other Rock Hall staff to identify and prioritize archival materials for digitization.

  • Maintains high volume of digitization, metadata creation, and asset ingestion.

  • Creates, preserves, and provides access to digital assets as defined by the Library & Archives priorities for preservation digitization and for external users upon request.

  • Ensures the maintenance and ongoing operation of digital imaging equipment, troubleshoots equipment problems, and may perform minor repairs or refer problems to the Technology Division.

  • Advises and trains Library & Archives staff on the use of certain digital imaging software, systems, and equipment.

  • Manages external digitization projects and ensures compatibility with internal systems.

  • Identifies and documents collection “highlights” and provides for potential use and easy accessibility organization-wide.


3.     Works closely with the Senior Director of Library & Archives and the Director of Archives to support acquisition of archival materials according to collections policy, and provides knowledge and expertise in refining policies and procedures for digital collections.

  • Selects and appraises born-digital and digitized collections offered to the Library & Archives according to the collections policy.

  • Interacts with potential donors.

  • Works with Rock Hall staff to ensure born-digital records of historical and enduring value are transferred to the archives, arranged, described, and stored for long term preservation.


4. Supervises the activities of certain student employees, interns, and/or volunteers.


5. With other archivists, staffs the Reading Room to work with researchers, and responds to reference and digital reproduction requests.


6. Represents the Rock Hall both within and outside the institution.

  • Advocates for topics relating to or affecting processing needs of born-digital and digitized collections.

  • Represents the Rock Hall to the general public and scholarly community, which may include presenting at conferences and staffing outreach events.


7. Travels offsite when required.

Duties include but may not be limited to the above.



  • Master’s degree in library science, archival studies or related field.  Additional degree in music or related discipline preferred.

  • Minimum of three years’ experience with preservation digitization of and archival experience with born-digital and digitized image collections in an academic, research, or special library setting.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of digitization equipment, including repair and maintenance.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for digital image ingestion and storage.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival standards and best practices.

  • Working knowledge of digital asset management systems and databases highly desired.

  • Working knowledge of current trends and workflows for preservation digitization, ingest, metadata creation, and quality control of images highly desired.

  • Familiarity with relevant descriptive and technical metadata standards preferred.

  • Familiarity with copyright, donor restrictions, and permissions issues related to providing access to digital content preferred.

  • Knowledge of records management practices, trends, and issues especially as they relate to issues associated with digital content highly desired.

  • Supervisory experience preferred.

  • Experience contributing to successful grant applications preferred.

  • Historical knowledge of rock and roll and related music genres strongly preferred.

  • Ability to maintain and report on statistics related to all aspects of work.

  • Outstanding team orientation, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.

  • Detail oriented with ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently.

  • Thinks of the big-picture and considers the impact of decisions across the institution as a whole.

  • Understands implicitly how to manage and work with different people and various working styles across the organization.

  • Involves others in decision-making but comfortable leading; avoids impulsive decisions.

  • Encourages teamwork and anticipates and removes obstacles to effective teamwork; seeks to resolve conflicts as they arise.

  • Approaches others in a positive manner and builds solid long-term relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.

  • Communicates effectively with staff members, ensuring that they and other key contacts across the organization are kept abreast of initiatives, issues, and events internally as well as externally.

  • Involves staff in various processes to share information and provide input on policies and practices; solicits ideas and opinions to help shape specific decisions or plans.

  • Ability to successfully pass Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reference check, background investigation, and drug screening.


Ability to work at least 40 hours per week; any shift as assigned, including evenings, weekends and holidays.  Ability to work additional hours as workload demands. Hours are primarily 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.


Commensurate with experience.  (Full-Time/Exempt)


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an equal opportunity employer and Drug Free Workplace.

How to Apply

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