Job-Digital Asset Archivist-South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley (Deadline Sept. 7, 2021)

August 31, 2021 11:20 AM | Anonymous

Job Title: Digital Asset Archivist 

Employer: South Asian Studies Institute (SASI), University of the Fraser Valley Status: Service contract 

Organization Description: 

The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley is a research  institute that brings together South Asia scholars and students from diverse backgrounds and  disciplines to create a nexus point for programs and activities that support our vision. SASI  fosters inter-disciplinary scholarly research, community and public engagement on issues  related to South Asia and the Canadian South Asian Diaspora. 

The forthcoming South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA) is a digital repository being  developed by SASI that is dedicated to the history of the South Asian diaspora in Canada.  SACDA partners with individuals, families, organizations, archives, and museums to digitize,  preserve, and provide access to heritage materials that hold significance for South Asian  Canadians. The SACDA web portal will be a publicly accessible tool for community users,  students, researchers, and educators to connect to local South Asian Canadian diasporic  history.  

Project Description 

The Digital Asset Archivist will provide services to manage the South Asian Canadian Digital  Archive and its affiliated services and programs including archival arrangement and description,  digitization, repository maintenance, donor/lender relations, and digital preservation.  

The development of the SACDA web portal will require the Digital Asset Archivist to: Arrange and describe loans and/or donations according to best practices using Rules for  Archival Description (RAD) 

Screen materials for copyright and personal information and redact where required Adhere to project policies and procedures for description, digitization, ingest,  loan/acquisition, and digital preservation 

Implement standards and protocols related to technical architecture, metadata  schemas, data structures, file formats, and ingest 

Manage development of X number digital exhibits 

Liaise with external vendors and manage project deliverables 

Train student staff in archival concepts and terminology, digital repository workflows  and maintenance, digitization best practices, and item-level description

Digitization and post-processing of archival records according to best practices Process packages through digital preservation pipeline 

Configure and ingest records in collection management system 

Develop research guides to assist online users  

Contractors should possess the following qualifications: 

Advanced degree in Archival Studies, Library and Information Science, Collection  Management, or Public History 

Minimum one year of experience working in an archival repository or working with  digital repository systems 

Ability to maintain and implement digitization and digital repository systems (or  equivalent digital asset management/collection management systems) Knowledge of digital preservation theory and ability to process Archival Information  Packages (AIPs) 

Experience arranging and describing archival fonds or collections 

Knowledge of Command Line Interfaces (CLI), or willingness to learn 

Additional valued skills and knowledge: 

Knowledge of South Asian Canadian history 

Prefer ability to read Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, or Urdu 

Introductory knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript 

Ability to trains others in archival concepts and practices 

Strong research and writing skills 

Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy 

Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

Location: Abbotsford, BC 

Length: 8 months, full time – September 2021 to April 2022 

How to Apply: 

Please send letter of interest with CV by September 7th, 2021 to: Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains, Director |

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