Project Archivist- Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (Burnaby, BC)

Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony

Project Archivist

(limited term, part-time)

The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony is seeking a part-time archivist to develop, grow, and maintain its existing holdings. Reporting to Professor Elise Chenier, Department of History and based at the W.A.C. Bennett Library at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, the successful candidate will have responsibilities in several key areas, including arrangement and description, preservation, and reference. The position is twenty hours per week for one year,with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

This position is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant for Bridging the Gap, a research project that seeks to discover how institutionally-based archives can serve the needs of the broader, non-scholarly community. As such, this position includes online archiving duties such as:

∙ Formulating of policies, forms, and workflows to facilitate intellectual and physical control over and access to the collections;

∙ Accessioning existing and new archival collections;

∙ Responding to email and other queries about the archives and its holdings;

∙ Maintaining relevant physical and digital records; as well as the following additional duties:

∙ Assisting study participants in uploading and tagging archival data;

∙ Preparing data analysis reports of online user activity;

∙ Collaborating with web page designers, developers, and other team members to help increase accessibility;

∙ Presenting information about the study at professional conferences and other venues;

∙ Supervising students and volunteers in tagging and transcription work.

In addition to pursuing or possessing a degree in archival and/or information sciences, the following skills are required:

∙ Excellent knowledge and understanding of archival principles, standards, and practices with training in appraisal and arrangement and description, including a good working knowledge of the Rules for Archival Description;

∙ Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of digital preservation and conservation methods;

∙ Thorough knowledge of and ability to work with computer hardware and software, particularly database systems;

∙ Experience using AtoM software and Drupal is desirable;

∙ Demonstrated ability to work accurately and completely, establish priorities, meet deadlines and work either independently and/or as part of a team with general supervision;

∙ Excellent oral and written communication skills;

∙ Excellent interpersonal skills;

∙ Excellent problem-solving skills, including an ability to generate creative and innovative ideas and solutions to the affordances and constraints of the project, and an ability able to adapt to changes in the research project as they unfold;

∙ The ability to travel to conferences is also required.

This is a limited term appointment to August 31, 2018, with an anticipated start date of September 11, 2018. The exact date and schedule will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with his or her experience and qualifications ($30.00 - $38/hour).

To apply, send a CV and letter of application by email with the subject heading A LOT Archivist Application to Please ensure that three letters of reference are forwarded by email to deadline for all application material is August 21, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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