Volunteer: Archival Digitization

Contact Information for Applicants: 
Lisa Cay Miller, Managing Artistic Director info@nowsociety.org
Name of Organization: 
New Orchestra Workshop Society
How to apply: 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Lisa Cay Miller, Managing Artistic Director at info@nowsociety.org


Opportunity Description + Organization Information: 

2017 is the NOW Society’s 40th Anniversary. To mark the occasion we are celebrating our rich and varied history of presenting stellar new works in engaging and unique concerts, offering inspiring and informative improvisation workshops, collaborating with world-renowned artists, commissioning and premiering new compositions by Canadian and international composers and releasing celebrated recordings. NOW presents improvising ensembles drawn from the city’s premiere mature and emerging artists with instrumentation specific to each project. Deriving from contemporary new music, big band jazz and musique actuelle, NOW ensembles create community by linking improvisers from different disciplines with the shared goal of presenting innovative music. The NOW ensembles have performed in a multitude of venues and formats, from formal concert halls to DIY stages, from showcases to concerts and installations.


In order to both look forward to the future and draw inspiration from our past, we are seeking an intern to assist in the digitization of selected items from over forty years’ worth of archival materials. Ranging from posters, handbills, and audiotapes to procedural and financial documentation and more, the documents we have on hand are unique and historically integral to the story of new music in Vancouver. After forty years of producing new and challenging art, we are looking for assistance to prepare, preserve, and share this story in an organized and user-friendly way. The intern’s primary task will be to digitize selected archival items, which will include, but not be limited to, media such as video and audio footage from a variety of analog formats dating from 1970 – 2017. 



Specific duties of this volunteer position are flexible and will be negotiated with the NOW Society Artistic Director and Archival Committee. They include:


i) researching and sourcing resources and sponsors (such as VIVO, Vancouver Public Library, Universities, etc., for things such as digitizing a variety of analog media formats);

ii) overseeing the digitization of documents, photographs, audio and video recordings;

iii) preparing a user-friendly organizational structure for the digital files, and creating appropriate metadata;

iv) sourcing and creating a reliable and accessible storage solution for the digitized archival materials.


Qualifications Required

- a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel,

- reliability, and the ability to to work independently for extended periods,

- the ability to lift materials weighing up to 20 pounds,

- knowledge of digitization techniques for a variety of media,

- knowledge of community resources for digitization,

- experience/interest in public history and media arts with a strong audiovisual focus in archival or library studies,

- interest in creativity, arts and improvisation.


Volunteer hours required: over 80-90 hours in the Spring semester of 2018.  Schedule and location are flexible.


Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:59am