What do Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists do?

Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.

  • Set up, adjust, and operate audiovisual equipment such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars and video conferences.
  • Maintain hardware and software, including computers, scanners, color copiers, and color laser printers.
  • Install audiovisual equipment.
  • Instruct users in the selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials, and assist them in the preparation of instructional materials and the rehearsal of presentations.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Plan and prepare audiovisual teaching aids and methods for use in school systems.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums necessary to meet production objectives effectively and within budgetary constraints.
  • Perform simple maintenance tasks such as cleaning monitors and lenses and changing batteries and light bulbs.
  • Acquire, catalog, and maintain collections of audiovisual material such as films, video- and audio-tapes, photographs, and software programs.
  • Attend conventions and conferences, read trade journals, and communicate with industry insiders to keep abreast of industry developments.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials.
  • Confer with teachers to select course materials and to determine which training aids are best suited to particular grade levels.
  • Offer presentations and workshops on the role of multimedia in effective presentations.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
  • Develop preproduction ideas and incorporate them into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics.
  • Narrate presentations and productions.

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Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring