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Graduate Student Library Assistant, Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Assistant – 2 positions

Closes on Sunday, August 21, 2022
UTSC Library
Toronto, ON, Canada
Organization Name
UTSC Library
Job Title
Graduate Student Library Assistant, Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Assistant – 2 positions
Job Type
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posting Date
Application Deadline
Job Start Date (Expected):
Target Audience
  • Current Students
Job Category
  • Library – Academic
Job Description
The annual Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, run by a team from University of Toronto Libraries and other local institutions, has grown in recent years. The planning team would like to hire two graduate students to assist with organizing the event, to encourage student participation, and to provide educational and employment opportunities within the libraries. We hope that this work will be interesting and inspiring, and help the students to develop useful skills and meaningful experience.

The Graduate Student Library Assistants (GSLAs) will work with the team to organize and execute the Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (held in February 2023). To assist in planning the event, the GSLAs will analyze their areas of interest around Black history in Wikipedia to identify gaps and opportunities for content improvement. They may reach out to and collaborate with student groups and community organizations in order to crowdsource these edits and invite greater participation. During the event, the GSLAs will facilitate editing sessions. The GSLAs will receive all necessary training and ongoing supports to engage in these tasks. The team is also excited to receive and incorporate the GSLAs’ feedback on current and future offerings.

-Outreach to and collaboration with relevant student groups and external community organizations to build relationships, get feedback, and encourage participation in directing focus/content
-Develop and lead workshops to crowdsource topics for editing
-Guided analysis of subject areas of interest in Wikipedia–how do they reflect Black histories, how can this be improved, identify gaps, etc.
-Get training on Wikipedia editing and edit-a-thon facilitation
-Facilitate weekly editing sessions through the month-long event
-Attend planning meetings and participate in planning discussions
-Contribute to future planning for sustainability of the event
-Perform other related duties as identified or assigned


-Ability to work independently and as part of a team
-Ability to manage time efficiently and effectively
-Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
-Proven ability to pay attention to detail
-Ability to work in a dynamic environment
-Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing work demands and requirements
-Candidates must be currently enrolled in a University of Toronto graduate studies program. Graduate students who have completed one year of study are preferred.

-Preference will be given to graduate students who self-identify as a Black person (which includes but is not limited to candidates of African, Canadian, or Caribbean descent).
-Experience or interest in Black histories
-Background in history and/or historical analysis and/or information studies
-Experience or interest in editing Wikipedia


Additional Information
10 hours per week from September 26 2022 to March 10, 2023.

Graduate students MUST be registered as defined by their college/faculty in order to be eligible. Students working towards their dissertation or thesis are also eligible.
Domestic and international undergraduate and graduate degree students enrolled in at least .5 credits in the Winter session.
International students are subject to additional eligibility criteria and are strongly encouraged to refer to the CIE webpage to confirm they meet all of the Government of Canada regulations regarding on-campus work.
Location of work is flexible, and student may work remotely in general, with occasional in person meetings as needed. Also, if needed, hotelling workspace is available at the UTSC library.

Diversity Statement:
“The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.”

Accessibility Statement:
“The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.
The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process please contact .”

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Application Process
Posting closes August 21, 2022 11:59pm. Interested applicants should send an email with a cover letter and resume in a single electronic file (PDF or MS Word with a file name convention of SurnameFirstName_GSLA) to Please address the letter to Whitney Kemble, Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library.
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