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Microfilm Darkroom Technician


  • Backstage Library Works
  • 02/20/20
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • 18017
  • 13.25 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
8.5 hour days, minus 30-minute unpaid lunch, 40 hours per week. Hours may be flexible after an extensive 90-day probation and training period with structured production goals.

Responsibilities for Darkroom:
Perform daily testing to ensure processor is scratch-free and chemistry is correct.
Process Archival Master and duplicated microfilm reels.
Cut-down and inspect archival microfilm reels according to individual job specifications.
Duplicate and process negative and positive copies of microfilm.
Cut-down and inspect duplicates in accordance with established preservation guidelines.
Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain darkroom and micrographic related equipment and performs basic preventative maintenance.
Creating and proofing microfilm box labels.
Methylene blue testing.
Running scratch tests when needed.
Technical inspection of master negative and duplicate films.
Recording background density readings using a transmission densitometer.
Examining and recording resolution patterns of microfilm reels using a microscope.
Ensuring the film meets current microfilm standards and in-house guidelines.
Follows written project instructions and specifications in order to assure preservation quality microfilm.
Meets or exceeds in-house weekly and monthly production and attendance requirements.
Participates in client and group tours of the facility.

Qualifications:
College Degree, certificate, or one year darkroom production or microfilm preservation/reformatting/darkroom experience
Must be detail oriented and organized
Able to work with rare and fragile materials in a production environment
Able to work in a team environment and have good communication skills
Able to maintain a production rate as stated in the standards manual
Ability to learn or have minimum computer skills
Work productively and independently while meeting daily production levels
Learn new skills quickly and thoroughly
Problem-solving and ability to follow written and verbal instructions with little supervision.
Ability to work flexible/overtime hours on occasion
Current employees must be in good standing meeting or exceeding standards in current position with at least six-months of continuous employment.
Must meet requirements for Backstage Library Works and pass a written test.
Must have valid drivers license and transportation

Desirable but not required
Working knowledge of electronic/mechanical equipment involving various PC boards, relays, and related electronic equipment.
Experience in bench repairing including electronic soldering, reading schematics/reference material.
Experience with microfilm and the micrographic industry preferred.

This position is non-exempt, fully benefited position including eight paid holidays per year; twelve PTO days per;
major medical/dental/vision; tuition reimbursement; 401k retirement with Employer Match.

If interested please send letter & resume to (apply@bslw.com). Position will remain open until filled.

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