Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Volunteer Job Description

Audiovisual Assistant

SUPERVISED BY: Audiovisual Archivist

PURPOSE OF JOB: Assist the archivist in general archival work in the audiovisual area, including description, preservation, clerical work, reference, etc. Audiovisual collections include still photographs, films, and sound recordings.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Preparing descriptive information on photographs, sound recordings, films, and videos.
  2. Processing manual catalog cards.
  3. Preparing photograph finding aids.
  4. Selecting audiovisual material for student research files or other curated collections.
  5. Refiling photos and negatives.
  6. Assisting the archivist in responding to reference requests from staff or outside sources.
  7. Placing negatives and photographs in acid-free sleeves for preservation purposes.

A minimum commitment of 4-5 hours per week for a three-month period is required. Volunteer opportunities will be available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There are no weekend or evening shifts available for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED:

Must be age 16 or older

Reliable, responsible

Able to work independently

Able to accept supervision

Capable of performing repetitive tasks with attention to detail

Typing skills and computer skills helpful

Good organizational skills helpful

TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

On-the-job training provided by the archivist.

LOCATION OF JOB:

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, Independence, Missouri

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:

Knowledge about Harry S. Truman, the Library and Museum, and the educational aspects offered to visitors through a variety of programs/exhibits; discount prices in the museum gift shop; invitations to special events; volunteer appreciation programs; free parking; free subscription to "Whistle-Stop," the quarterly newsletter of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute; free admission to the museum for you and your immediate family; close work with original and unique historical documents.


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