Want to be in Pictures?

Ever wonder what a moving image archivist does? Well, Lance Watsky can tell you all about being an audio visual archivist. In this interview, Lance describes his educational and career path leading up to his current jobs – one as the program coordinator for the Moving Image Archive Studies program at the UCLA iSchool and the other as an Audio-Visual Archivist at Point 360, a Burbank production company.

It is also interesting that Lance mentions being on the lookout for collections that may require preservation as a way to unearth job opportunities. Some museums or historical societies may not have the resources to handle some materials in their film or audio collections. It strikes me as a bit of an entrepreneurial enterprise.

Also helpful is background in the organization of information, good old LIS skills. The program at UCLA includes courses such as Archeology of Media, Cataloging, and Preservation and Restoration that provide a solid technical and theoretical background for someone interested in becoming a multimedia archivist.

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