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Archivist – Chinese Canadian Collections

Closes on Tuesday, August 29, 2023
University of Toronto Libraries - Special Collections
Toronto, ON
Full Time (Contract)
Organization Name
University of Toronto Libraries – Special Collections
Job Title
Archivist – Chinese Canadian Collections
Job Type
Full Time (Contract)
Toronto, Ontario
Posting Date
Application Deadline
Job Start Date (Expected):
As soon as possible
USW Pay Band 12 — $71,842 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $91,875. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Target Audience
  • Recent Graduates
  • 0–5 Years of Experience
Job Category
  • Archives
Job Description
About us:The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked sixth among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 42 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 280 graduate programs, including over 60 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 15 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to millions of resources in various forms, including, for example, electronic, audio-visual, and geospatial materials. UTL also has over 31,000 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 500 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytesYour opportunity:Under the direction of the Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections, the Archivist – Chinese Canadian Collections, shall appraise, acquire, accession, arrange and describe records held in the University of Toronto Libraries that document the experiences of Chinese immigrants to Canada and the Chinese Canadian community. The incumbent will work collaboratively with colleagues in the Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and the Media Commons Archives in Robarts Library. The incumbent will respond to reference inquiries from the University community and the general public, and undertake various administrative tasks as directed by the Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections.Your responsibilities will include:• Implementing plans and process improvements for collections acquisition activities• Assessing and determining the condition of archival materials• Verifying that metadata has been entered according to established industry standards• Creating and updating catalogue records• Processing items in the physical and digital collections for researchers and users• Perfomring reference search activities• Performing original descriptive cataloguing of resources and/or archival materialsEssential Qualifications:• Master’s Degree (Archival Studies, Library or Information Studies) or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.• Minimum of four years experience working in a library/archives environment, preferably with special collections.• Knowledge of Chinese Canadian history and fluency in written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)• Experience working with current and non-current archival and special collections• Familiarity with archives in all formats as well as digital preservation and access tools• Excellent knowledge of archival standards and best practices• Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, anti-racism, equity and accessibilityAssets (Nonessential):Strong service orientation• Ability to work independently and as part of a team• Excellent written and verbal communication skills• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills• Detail-oriented; works with attention to accuracy• Proven initiative, flexibility and ability to learn new technologies and organizational systems• Ability to lift 40 lb. boxes on a regular basisTo be successful in this role you will be:• Adaptable• Communicator• Meticulous• Organized• Procedural• Responsible
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