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Micrographic Technician


  • Backstage Library Works
  • 06/08/22
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • 18017
  • 15.25 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
Opening: Full time employment position for a Micrographic Technician at Backstage Library Works in Bethlehem, Pa

Full Time, 1st shift
Hours to be discussed at interview
8-hour day or 8.5-hour days, minus 30-minute unpaid lunch, 40 hours per week.

Backstage has focused on serving the needs of libraries, museums, and archives for more than 35 years. The primary focus of the technician will be discussed during the interview process, but should be willing to be trained in certain tasks involving the Quality Assurance and Darkroom Departments.

Responsibilities for Darkroom:
Cut-down and inspect Archival Masters 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.
Creating and proofing microfilm box labels.
Technical inspection of master negative and duplicate films.
Recording accurate background density readings using a transmission densitometer. Examine the pattern of each reel
using a microscope.
Ensuring the film meets all preservation microfilm and in-house guidelines.
Follows written project instructions and specifications in order to assure preservation quality microfilm.
Meets or exceeds in-house production and attendance requirements.

Responsibilities for Quality Assurance:
Inspection of master negative and duplicate films.
Take accurate background density readings using a transmission densitometer. Examine the pattern of each reel filmed using a microscope.
Perform a complete frame-by-frame inspection of each reel, which includes identifying: missing pages, irregular pagination, skewing, correct targeting/bibliographic information, scratches, fog, blurred images, gutter shadow, etc.
Ensuring the film meets all preservation microfilm and in-house guidelines.
Follows written project instructions and specifications in order to assure preservation quality microfilm.
Meets or exceeds in-house production and attendance requirements.

Qualifications:
College Degree, certificate, or two years production or preservation/reformatting experience.
Detail oriented
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
Microfilm/darkroom and/or reformatting experience

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. Beginning salary: $15.25. For internal employees, please see employee information book on policy/pay for promotions. The position will remain open until filled. If interested, please send email & resume to apply@bslw.com.


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