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Project Archivist

Closes on Friday, December 21, 2018
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
Full Time

Position Title / Rank: Project Archivist / Assistant or Associate Librarian
College: Library
Department: Archival and Special Collections
Date Posted:November 28, 2018
Deadline: 4:00pm on December 21, 2018
Please reference AD #18-70

Position Description:
Archival and Special Collections in the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph invites applications for a twelve-month Contractually Limited Project Archivist position at the Assistant or Associate Librarian level.

The McLaughlin Library is seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable, innovative Project Archivist to complete a twelve-month arrangement/description and outreach project relating to Canadian film and theatre producer and entrepreneur Garth Drabinsky’s archives. Reporting to the Head of Archival and Special Collections (ASC), the Project Archivist holds an MLIS with a specialization in archives or an ALA-accredited MAS degree. The primary accountabilities of this position are three-fold. First, the Project Archivist will be responsible for re-housing approximately 62 metres of textual and other materials into appropriate acid-free containers and completing a RAD-compliant finding aid for the entire Garth Drabinsky fonds. Secondly, the Project Archivist will, under the guidance of the Head of Archival and Special Collections, prepare the Library’s Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) application for designation of the fonds as Canadian Cultural Property. And thirdly, in consultation with the Head of ASC, the Project Archivist will engage in planning, oversight, and implementation of educational and outreach activities to promote awareness and use of the Garth Drabinsky fonds as well as other holdings in the LW Conolly Theatre Archives. These activities may include but are not limited to developing a social media strategy in collaboration with other Library units; partnering with faculty in the development and facilitation of experiential or other learning opportunities; organizing events; creating information sheets and other educational resources; curating/co-curating physical and/or virtual exhibits.

The University of Guelph is the second-largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.


*   An ALA-accredited MLIS degree with specialization in archives or an ALA-accredited MAS degree, or equivalent
*   Minimum of 1-year (full-time or equivalent) experience in an archival setting
*   Knowledge of and experience applying RAD and/or ISAD(G) to complex archival arrangement and description projects
*   Recent (past 5 years) experience planning and engaging in outreach and educational activities in archives, including teaching, social media messaging and exhibit curation
*   Strong skills in oral and written communications; organization; creative thinking and problem-solving; leadership and interpersonal communication
*   Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
*   Experience in project management and demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion within required timelines
*   Ability to multi-task a variety of responsibilities and be flexible and adaptable in a variety of professional contexts
*   Demonstrated experience in the use of digital tools and emerging technologies commonly used in archives or academic environments


*   Recent experience submitting applications for Canadian Cultural Property designation to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
*   Educational background or practical experience in the performing arts would be an asset

The Project Archivist works within the terms and conditions of employment as governed by the “Collective Agreement between the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph Faculty Association<>.” All UGFA Librarian Members are expected to engage in: professional practice; scholarship, which includes research, study, professional development and scholarly and creative activities; and, University service and academic or professional service.

Application Process
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience; a comprehensive benefits package is provided. Please submit the following components:

1.  Cover letter with a broad statement of interest in the position
2.  Curriculum vitae
3.  Names of three referees, including most recent supervisor, indicating their relationship to you
4.  A PDF or link to a completed RAD- or ISAD(G)-compliant finding aid that you created or to which you made significant contributions

All components should be submitted as a single PDF file using the naming convention of Surname-First Initial-CLA-Archivist no later than 4:00pm on Friday, December 21, 2018 to the following email address:<>.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion<> is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you have a medical condition that requires accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

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