Research Assistant: Braille Study

Position and Project Description

The BC Libraries Cooperative (Co-op) seeks one university student registered in a Master of Library and Information Studies program for the position of Research Assistant to assist in a special research project.

The project is a study on Braille availability in Canada, with the goal of proposing a long-term solution to the problem of limited Braille access in Canadian public libraries. The project is a partnership between the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB), and the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC).

Reporting directly to the Project Lead, the Research Assistant will be expected to conduct research for three Project Writers and to organize the information so that the Writers and Project Lead can complete a comprehensive study and provide well-informed recommendations.

Since its creation nearly two centuries ago, nothing has done more to improve opportunities for blind people than Braille. Until recently, producing and distributing Braille has been an expensive labor and a time-intensive process. New technologies promise positive revolutionary change. With innovative planning, Canadian libraries could be leaders at making more Braille available at reasonable cost than ever before.

This is a unique opportunity to work directly with experts and professionals, to learn about accessible formats, and to help envision a national public library strategy to address the problem of limited Braille.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Research on Braille availability in Canada and internationally;
  • Organizing research and information;
  • Responding to research requests from writers;
  • Updating documentation as necessary;
  • Other duties and projects as required.


  • Is currently enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Studies program.
  • Has experience with using and editing documents in Word.
  • Has strong research and writing skills.
  • Has a keen interest in accessibility.
  • Must provide own internet connectivity and computer with a contemporary version of MS Office. The Co-op is a “bring your own device (BYOD)” work environment. Contractors are required to supply their own computing equipment and ensure that the equipment is fit for the job.


  • Work location: remote (home-based)
  • Start date: January 22, 2018
  • The contract runs to March 31, 2018
  • The contract will be for approximately 15 hours per week, as scheduled by the successful applicant and the Special Project Coordinator, to a maximum of 150 hours
  • Rate: $25/hour

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to by January 12, 2018.

About the Employer

The BC Libraries Cooperative ( is a non-profit, member-driven cooperative providing several high availability services to members across Canada. The Co-op uses primarily open source tools and contemporary development methodologies and hosting practices. For more information about the Co-op, please visit


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