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Blanche Chase

Media Archivist/Researcher/Project Coordinator


APPLICABLE SKILLS
-Motivated, resourceful troubleshooter and researcher
-Excellent organizational skills with proven ability to coordinate complex proje
cts
-Superior team management; effective communication with clients, facilities, ven
dors, subcontractors
-Accustomed to multitasking in creative, fast-paced, changing environments

MEDIA ARCHIVIST/RESEARCH/PROJECT COORDINATION EXPERIENCE 2000-2010


Arts Researcher/Rights and Permissions Coordinator
Wabi Sabi Productions, Mill Valley CA
Conducted fine arts and archival research for a biographical documentary using a
cademic and museum archives, commercial stock footage libraries, alternative new
spapers, film distributors, self published artists, local historians and art gal
leries. Created and maintained database to track image usage and needs. Negotiat
ed fees, usage rights and permissions from academic, private and commercial vend
ors. Extensive use of internet, MS Excel and Word.
Volunteer Library Technical Services Assistant
Sierra Club Colby Library, San Francisco CA
Created finding aids for archival photography collection using Excel, assisted a
s needed with research and digital asset management, some copy cataloging. Tech
nical and clerical duties using MS Word and Excel. Shelving books and pamphlets,
maintaining shelves, re-arranging stacks, sorting Dewey items, location informa
tion, assisted users as needed.
Volunteer Library Technical Services Assistant
Holt Labor Library, San Francisco CA
Under supervision, performed copy cataloging of historic pamphlets, objects and
audio materials. Assisted with filing serials, weeding out duplicate materials.
Organized personal papers, correspondence and unpublished manuscripts. Moving,
shifting and re-shelving of materials to prepare library and archival collection
s for indefinite closure due to financial constraints.
Archival Researcher/Rights and Permissions Coordinator
Vivace I Productions, Tiburon CA
Conducted stock footage, photograph and archival research for a biographical doc
umentary using academic and historical archives, commercial stock footage librar
ies and international photo collections. Created database to track image usage a
nd needs. Negotiated fees, usage rights and permissions from academic, private a
nd commercial vendors. Extensive use of phone, archives, visual resources, inter
net, MS Excel and Word
Asset Manager/Project Coordinator
Video Arts, Inc., San Francisco CA
Researched and located international archival and contemporary images for video
elements used in two corporate pavilions during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beij
ing; created and maintained an Excel database of ancillary images. Coordinated a
nd acquired rights and permissions to use materials. Tracked and coordinated usa
ge and licensing contracts; monitored digital assets and videotape sources; coor
dinated file naming and version control. Uploaded electronic files to client FT
P servers. Worked with creative teams to develop artwork and video production as
needed.
Researcher/Asset Manager/Project Coordinator
Design Media, Inc., San Francisco CA
Supported project manager and creative teams to achieve project design and on ti
me delivery of web based learning solutions; provided research and reference ser
vices, copy edit and fact checking, document management and file naming conventi
ons. Oversaw various time-sensitive projects including records management and in
tegrating new collections into the database. Organized, maintained and re-locate
d over twenty years of corporate video archives. Researched, located and managed
archival picture and rights clearances for a short 3D film exhibited at the Sta
te Capitol Museum in Sacramento. Managed location production of video interviews
and studio green screen shooting, hiring crews and arranging for equipment pack
ages.
Researcher/Project Coordinator
Noe Valley Productions, San Francisco CA
(freelance, self employment)
Created descriptive database for and organized archival architectural image coll
ection which included lantern slides, negatives, stereographs, photographs, post
cards, magazines and ephemera dating from 1900. Tracked and investigated funding
resources for documentary filmmakers. Conducted legal research searching and re
trieving electronic articles and information using Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, reviewi
ng and evaluating online search results based on specific search terms.

EDUCATION
City College of San Francisco, Library Technology certificate
University of Vermont, Sociology and English B.A.
MEMBERSHIP
Special Libraries Association
Visual Resources Association
Association of Moving Image Archivists

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Writing Library Grant Applications, Certificate of Completion,
Infopeople Project, San Mateo CA
Research Skills Tutorial Certificate of Continuing Education
Society of American Archivists, Chicago IL
Copyright and Fair Use in the Art World and the Classroom,
PBS Teachers Live! Webinar