Special Collections and Rare Books at SFU is seeking a student-archivist or recent graduate to complete a limited-term appraisal project. The position will be based in downtown Vancouver. The successful candidate will work up to 10 hours a week for four months with the records creator in her home. The candidate will do contextual research to locate the records creator within the broader British Columbia cultural and political scene. They will survey and inventory a variety of formats (e.g., photographs, photographic albums, a/v materials, sound recordings, ephemera) documenting or relating to themes such as Chinese Canadian history in BC, the history and development of Chinatown, immigration, and the history and development of the business community in Vancouver. At the conclusion of the project, the archivist will issue a final report to SCRB regarding the appraised materials, including their extent, condition, location, and enduring value. SCRB will use this report to develop an appropriate long-term strategy for the care and disposition of these materials.
The successful candidate will possess:
Excellent knowledge of and understanding of archival principles, standards, and practices
Knowledge of 20th – 21st century Chinese-Canadian history in BC
Knowledge of 20th – 21st century Canadian political history
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent problem-solving skills
Demonstrated ability to work accurately and completely, establish priorities, and work independently
This is a limited-term appointment with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2017. The exact date and schedule will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The salary is $25/hour.
To apply, send a CV and letter of application by email with the subject heading “Appraisal Project in Chinese Canadian History in BC” to Melissa Salrin, Head of Special Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial review of applications will begin on Friday, October 20th, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.