Digital Preservation Positions at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Contract Position: Media Preservation Specialist
Duration: Approximately 8 months, full-time (1,408 hours)

Contract Position: Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant
Duration: Approximately 8 months, full-time (1,408 hours)

For consideration, please submit proposals to by December 20, 2016.

Digital Collection Materials Project, Phase I: Survey

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM) seeks proposals from individuals and/or business entities who can provide services to CHSDM as Media Preservation Specialist and/or Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant. The contractors will work together to survey and document collection items in the first phase of the Digital Collection Materials Project.

To apply for the Media Preservation Specialist or Time-Based Media Curatorial Assistant position:

  1. Read the official Project Announcement.
  2. Download the Request for Proposal for the position you wish to apply:
  1. Follow the Proposal Submission Guidelines outlined in the Request for Proposal.
  2. Submit your proposal to by December 20, 2016.

About the project:

Of the more than 210,000 objects in the Smithsonian Institution (SI) Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM) collection it is estimated that roughly 150 items incorporate digital materials—information conveyed in a digital form. These include objects with hardware and software components like home and office electronics, personal computing and mobile devices, and media players. This also includes born digital works—examples of design that originated in electronic form and are saved as digital data, such as software applications and media assets like videos and computer-aided designs.

CHSDM will embark on the Digital Collection Materials Project in 2017 as the first major initiative by the museum to address the conservation needs of digital materials. The project will be organized into three phases: Phase I will be the design and execution of a collection survey (1,408 hours); Phase II will be the conduction of case studies (1,056 hours); and Phase III will be synthesis of survey results and case study findings in order to make recommendations for the future implementation of a strategic plan of care, preservation, and responsible acquisition of digital materials in CHSDM’s collection (704 hours). This Request for Proposal pertains to Phase I only. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple project phases as subsequent Request for Proposals are announced.

This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.