Multimedia Collections Specialists

Education & Training > Professional Support Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Multimedia Collections Specialists include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 35.72% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 18.05% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Supervise student workers.

    Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.

    Install audio-visual equipment.

    Troubleshoot problems with audio-visual equipment.

    Confer with teachers to select course materials and to determine which training aids are best suited to particular grade levels.

    Maintain hardware and software, including computers, scanners, color copiers, and color laser printers.

    Edit audio-visual material to enhance viewing quality.

    Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.

    Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.

    Narrate presentations and productions.

    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.

    Instruct users in the selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and assist them in the preparation of instructional materials and the rehearsal of presentations.

    Maintain inventory of audio-visual equipment.

    Train faculty and media staff on the use of audio-visual equipment.

    Plan and prepare audio-visual teaching aids and methods for use in school systems.

    Develop pre-production ideas and incorporate them into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics.

    Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.

    Acquire, catalog, and maintain collections of audio-visual material such as films, video- and audio-tapes, photographs, and software programs.

    Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials.

    Attend conventions and conferences, read trade journals, and communicate with industry insiders to keep abreast of industry developments.

    Offer presentations and workshops on the role of multimedia in effective presentations.

    Set up, adjust, and operate audio-visual equipment, such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars, and video conferences.


Wireless microphones


Videoconferencing equipment

Video screens

Video cassette recorders VCR

Television monitors

Still cameras

All Tools

Sound boards

Slide projectors


Portable amplifiers

Personal computers

Overhead display projectors

Opaque projectors

Multimedia projectors

Motion picture projectors

Microfiche readers

Liquid crystal display LCD projection systems

Light boards

Large screen projectors

Laptop computers

High speed video duplicators

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital cameras

Digital camcorders

Desktop computers

Compact disk CD players

Claw hammers

Audio tape players

Audio presentation systems

Audio or video editing systems


Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

Data visualization software

Quark Xpress

All Technologies

Standard generalized markup language SGML


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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Occupation Sections


English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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