Digitization Volunteer

Job Title: Digitization Volunteer

Organization: UBC Rare Books & Special Collections

Location: Vancouver

Job Type: Volunteer

Category: Part-time

Deadline: January 26, 2018


Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) is looking for two student volunteers to work on an ongoing, student-led digitization project. This is a great opportunity to learn about the digitization process, gain valuable experience for your resume, and explore working with rare materials in a special collections setting. First year students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

When: 5 hrs/week (volunteer). Hours are typically divided over two days. While most work must be done on location in RBSC, some hours may also be completed remotely. The project will last throughout the term and volunteer commitments can be extended depending on availability.

Digitization is an increasingly popular process employed by libraries and museums to expand access to their collections. Since 2003, SLAIS students have worked with UBC Library Digital Collections and Services and Rare Books and Special Collections to make UBC’s bookplate collection available online.

The bookplates or ex libris at RBSC include extensive holdings of Canadian-sourced bookplates as well as Japanese, Mexican, and European pieces. This project entails scanning, researching, and creating digital records for the Canadian ex libris in a friendly and relaxed environment.

No experience is necessary to volunteer for this position. A background or interest in Canadian culture, including history, literature, or art, may prove particularly useful, but is not required. An interest in rare books and special collections, as well as writing and research experience, particularly genealogical research, is a plus. Training will be provided. Because continuity is important to the success of this student-managed project, priority will be given to first-year or second-year dual degree applicants. We hope that successful applicants may consider making a commitment of more than one year to the project.

The bookplates project is part of the Open Collections at UBC Library. For more information on Open Collections see: https://open.library.ubc.ca/

To browse the bookplate collection, visit: https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bookplate

If you are interested in applying for this position or would like more information, please contact Emily Larson at emilykclarson@gmail.com by Friday, January 26. If you wish to apply, please attach a brief statement of interest, a current CV or resume, and your hours of availability.

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