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Blockchain@UBC seeks a graduate student to work as a visual data analyst.  Your role will be to harvest twitter and other social media data, conduct visual analytics on the data, and prepare monthly reports of your findings summarizing relevant trends and insights.  You will also assist with analysis of business development statistics and reports using Tableau. Completion of ARST 575H/LIBR514F or similar course on information visualization/visual analytics or a data science course would be an asset.

Interested students are invited to send expressions of interest and their CVs to Sean Burke at

Technical Services Student Librarian Position

UBC Library – Xwi7xwa Library
Job Title:  WL W17 TS Information & Research Services Student Librarian

Number of Openings: 1

Desired Skills: cataloguing

$20.60/hr, 10 hours a week

To apply, email your resume and supporting documents to

Additional Documents Requested:  Cover Letter, Class Schedule



The Xwi7xwa Library provides information and library research services relating to Aboriginal topics to UBC Aboriginal students and researchers, members of the University community, Aboriginal people and organizations, and the general public. The mandate of the Xwi7xwa Library is to “echo” the voices and philosophies of Aboriginal people through its services, collections, and programs. The position supports Indigenous information services on campus and in the wider community, and contributes to diversity through fostering Indigenous and Indigenous studies information professionals graduating from the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (iSchool) with specialized skills and experience relevant for Aboriginal organizations and communities, and for public institutions in Canada.

Job Description:

The First Nations House of Learning Xwi7xwa Library plans to hire 1 Information School (iSchool) graduate student for collections and technical services duties relating to the development, organization and description of our Indigenous distributed print and digital collection. Comprehensive training for the position includes: UBC library cataloguing practice, Xwi7xwa library cataloguing practice and metadata design, diverse Indigenous collections and specialized training on Indigenous knowledge organization protocols in public institutions.

This position will have several (but not all) of the following duties and responsibilities which are relevant to professional information services:
*Cataloguing: use MARC and RDA to format records in compliance with UBC Library bibliographic standards, and locally developed Indigenous metadata standards (at bibliographic record and holding record levels).
* Indigenous controlled vocabularies: Develop and maintain vocabularies including the internationally recognized First Nations House of Learning subject headings.
* Preparation: Participate in assessment and preparation of materials
* Additional related duties may include: collections assessment; technical writing and other technical service projects.

Xwi7xwa librarians supervise student librarians, with assistance from the Cataloguing and Acquisitions Assistant. Scheduling and payroll will be coordinated by the Access Services Assistant. Project report writing and occasional project and/or staff meetings provide opportunities for reflection and problem-solving skills. The projects are diverse and require the ability to evaluate materials and work independently. The Xwi7xwa team of librarians and knowledgeable staff are available to address questions or problems that arise relating to duties or projects


This position is suitable for graduate students who have completed iSchool MLIS (Library Studies) basic coursework. Ideal candidates are self-directed, flexible, independent workers who are also able to work in a team environment; are well organized; have a good eye for detail; and strong interpersonal and IT skills. Academic coursework in Indigenous Studies or a related discipline and/or experience working in Indigenous contexts are assets.

Job duties can be adapted to build on existing experience and skills. Also desirable are: technical services experience; cataloguing training; experience using Indigenous subject-related databases; knowledge of Indigenous contemporary issues, history and culture in Canada; MAS (Archival Studies) basic course work; knowledge of metadata principles, theory and standards; public services or customer services experience; and familiarity with library use of social media. Demonstrated experience or skills in technical writing, the design of information tools and WordPress are assets.

Student Learning Components

All skills learned and applied at Xwi7xwa are relevant workplace skills for other libraries, and are based on students’ MLIS/ MAS program core coursework. They are able to document application of their interpersonal skills in relevant workplace situations. By the end of term, the student will have demonstrated and documented additional workplace skills.

Training for this position includes orientation to the First Nations House of Learning, and the Xwi7xwa Library as an Indigenous Library; UBC Library technical services work; Xwi7xwa branch-specific practices; and specialized library software. Comprehensive onsite training provides the student with a guided hands-on learning experience wherein s/he applies professional Library & Information Studies education in a workplace environment.

Students gain training and experience with specialized library software including Voyager ILS (integrated library system) modules, Springshare LibGuides, as well as social media channels. Training will include local implementation of UBC policies and practices.

The student librarian has opportunities for ongoing consultation and project supervision with the Xwi7xwa team and will be mentored by the Xwi7xwa librarians. Xwi7xwa has opportunities to liaise with other units within the wider library system. Training in advanced levels can be provided as students demonstrate mastery in basic levels. Formal reviews are scheduled at the end of each term to discuss performance and learning progress. The student librarian positions provide opportunity for valuable peer to peer interactions, and professional experience in developing and practicing one-on-one teaching skills, modeling best practices, and encouraging student learners (including themselves) to become self-directed in their learning paths and research. Students’ projects are determined based on branch needs and students’ interests and personal learning goals.

The positions offer work experience in an interdisciplinary academic library; intercultural teaching and learning within Indigenous contexts, and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. Experience is acquired in effective use of a large research library catalogue and databases, and the Voyager software in an increasingly digital environment that is shaped by Indigenous approaches at this library. Knowledge is gained in identifying, and critically evaluating various types of Indigenous information sources; proficiency with Indigenous knowledge organization (Xwi7xwa classification and subject vocabularies); website development and social media experience; the opportunity to work with Xwi7xwa librarians, as well as with all staff in this full services small branch with a diverse clientele and collection (e.g. special collections, archives, digital collections, circulating collections).

Application Procedures

Email application with Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Class Schedule to

Work Learn Project Number


W17 TS job description Jan-Mar2018

Digitization Assistant – General

Hours Per Week 10 Wage 16.16/hr. + 7% in lieu of benefits
Number of Openings 1 (N.B. This is a WorkLearn-funded position)
Start Date Week of January 22, 2018
Minimum commitment 2 terms (i.e. through August 31, 2018 – longer preferred)
Application Review Starts Thursday, January 11, 2018
Send cover letter and résumé to (N.B. no phone calls, no in-person application drop-offs) Robert Stibravy <>

The UBC Library Digitization Centre is a key part of the Library’s effort to adapt to the evolving needs of faculty and students and to support teaching, research and learning at UBC. Our goal is to create sustainable, world-class programs and processes to make the collections and research at UBC available to the world.

Job Description

As part of the Digitization Centre at the UBC Library the Digitization Assistant will:

  • Upload digitized files and metadata to the CONTENTdm content management system
  • Convert existing files and metadata in the collection to updated formats
  • Perform quality control checks on digital files and metadata
  • Digitize photographs, documents and other materials from the Library’s collection using a variety of hardware
  • Process digitized items so that they are suitable for web display and searching using the appropriate graphics editing (i.e. Photoshop) and OCR software
  • Follow defined processes, standards and best practices in all activities
  • Provide assistance for other students in the Centre (the Digitization Assistants – General represent a key position in the Centre due to the wide range of skills they learn)


The candidate should possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of, and experience with, computers, scanning software and hardware and general photographic principles preferred
  • Working knowledge of, and experience with, word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics editing software (e.g. MS Office, CONTENTdm and Photoshop) preferred
  • Effective oral and written communication and organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to follow and carry out instructions
  • Ability to prioritize work and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Able to lift up to 20 lbs.

To be a great fit for this position the candidate will need to be highly motivated, innately curious, a good team player and self-directed.

Digitization Assistant – General

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






Position: A temporary Records Management Assistant summer student position is available for summer 2018 in the Legislative Services Division at the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). Reporting to the Deputy Corporate Secretary and receiving daily instruction from the Records Technician this position assists with: capturing metadata, creating files, and scanning documents; classifying files and records in accordance with the CVRD Classification and Retention Manual; culling files for retention application; and developing educational materials on records management topics for presentation to CVRD staff.

Qualifications: Preferred candidates will be enrolled in a post-secondary program in records management, library science, information studies, or a related field. Experience performing research, writing reports, and preparing presentations is required. Successful candidates possess a sound working knowledge of metadata capture/cataloguing, classification, and retention practices. A satisfactory police information check is required. The successful candidate will also possess: the ability to accomplish tasks accurately and completely with great attention to detail; the ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision; proficiency with Microsoft Office and databases such as Microsoft Access; effective verbal and written communication skills; and effective interpersonal skills.

To qualify for this position candidates must be a student currently attending a community college or university and planning to return to school in the fall.

Hours of Work: This position is available for a period of 17 weeks commencing May 7, 2018 and continuing until August 31, 2018, subject to funding. Hours of work are 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Salary: This temporary position is unionized (CUPE Local 358), and is compensated at $20.62 per hour. Additionally, this position will receive 14% in lieu of benefits, statutory holidays and vacation, bringing the compensation to $23.51 per hour.

Applications: Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application and resume, in confidence, clearly quoting Competition SSLS18007-E by 4:30 p.m. on February 9, 2018 to the Human Resources Division at in MS Word or pdf format, or to 175 Ingram Street, DUNCAN BC V9L 1N8, or by fax to 250.746.2522.

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The City of Surrey’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department provides exciting opportunities and challenges in an active and energetic environment and may be looking for an enthusiastic Community Services Assistant 1 – Junior Leader (Public Programs) at the Historic Stewart Farm.


The Community Services Assistant I – Junior Leader (Education) will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the development of an Education Kit based on an existing school program;
  • Re-organizing existing information into a teacher’s in-class package and assist to source and order teaching collection objects;
  • Leading children in heritage Summer Day Camps;
  • Doing heritage demonstrations;
  • Assisting with researching crafts, games and activities;
  • Interpreting local history and assisting with special events;
  • Program preparation and delivery.

The Community Services Assistant I – Junior Leader (Public Programs) will be responsible for:

  • For leading children in heritage Summer Day Camps;
  • Performing heritage demonstrations;
  • Assisting with researching crafts, games and activities;
  • Interpreting local history;
  • Assisting with special events;
  • Program preparation and delivery.


Qualifications for both the Junior Leader (Education) and Junior Leader (Public Programs) are:

  • Previous experience working with children and the public, and delivering programs to pre-school and child audiences;
  • Experience in a heritage facility setting;
  • Students enrolled in Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, Archaeology or Education will be suited to this position;
  • Current Emergency First Aid and CPR certificates are required;
  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by some relevant experience or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience is required;
  • These positions are contingent on grant funding. Successful candidates must meet the criteria set forth by the grant program. For specific qualifications please view the posting on


If you are interested in these opportunities please apply at to Job ID 1831 & 1833. Posting will remain online until January 31, 2018.

Summer 2018 – CSA1 – Junior Leader (Heritage Programs)



We’re looking for enthusiastic and energetic individual to spend the summer helping the Surrey Museum in community outreach through a variety of summer programs and events, and helping prepare for the grand reopening in September 2018.


Working as part of the Museum team, a Community Services Assistant 1 will:

  • Provide cultural and historical program opportunities for the local community;
  • Assist in the delivery of the Surrey Museum’s Reminisce Kits;
  • Organize, prepare and deliver Museum weekly community outreach programs;
  • Assist in the creation of exhibit scavenger hunt sheets for the galleries;
  • Assist to distribute promotional material for the Museum’s grand reopening event and fall school programs.


This position is supported by the Canada Summer Jobs program. This position is contingent on Federal Government Grant funding. Successful candidates must meet the criteria set forth by the grant program, including:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Must be current (January-April 2018) full-time student in a recognized post-secondary program;
  • Planning to return to full-time studies in the Fall of 2018.

The Museum Community Services Assistant 1 will also have:

  • A current Emergency First Aid with CPR-C/AED certificate;
  • Some experience working with children and the public;
  • Experience in a cultural facility setting.;
  • Courses in Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography or Education is an asset.


If you are interested in this opportunity please apply at to Job ID 1832.  Posting will remain open until January 31, 2018.


Summer 2018 HRDC CSA 1 Museum

WL W17 Indigitization Program – Program & Digital Engagement Assistant

This position is in the community Engagement and Programs department of the UBC Library’s Irving K Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) and will primarily support the work of the Indigitization Program ( We are looking for a talented graduate or upper years undergraduate student to translate existing video media, photos, and copy content into community-friendly digital bites that elicit engagement from current, former, and prospective B.C. Indigenous community participants. The Digital Community Engagement Assistant will use a variety of media to communicate about the program, including print, social media, web, and audio visual.

Interested applicants will be able to apply through UBC Careers Online here:

Limited-Term Appraisal Project in Chinese Canadian History in BC (UPDATED WORK LOCATION)

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 at SFU in Special Collections and Rare Books.  The successful candidate will work up to 10 hours a week for four months.  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, 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 10, 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  Initial review of applications will begin on Friday, October 27th, 2017.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Project Assistant/Tech Rover, Biology Program

The primary role of this position is to assist the transition from Connect (current course management system) to Canvas, within the Biology program. This role will include basic face-to-face support for faculty members where they work, basic support and troubleshooting in the use of learning technologies, appropriate referrals to other IT support services, development of help guides, and assistance in the evaluation and revision of our course templates.
Job Description:

We are looking for a motivated Project Assistant to work with us on this project. The ideal candidate would have an interest in course management systems and educational design, have excellent research and troubleshooting skills, be able to communicate clearly in speech and in writing, and would enjoy working with people.

Responsibilities include:

– Becoming familiar with Canvas and these specific course templates
– Troubleshooting Canvas issues.
– Working with faculty to show them how to use the templates.
– Assisting IT support and faculty with building of course sites.
– Assisting with the development of help guides tailored to use of the templates.
– Conducting surveys of faculty and students about the effectiveness of the templates.
– Helping to assess progress through the collection and analysis of the relevant data.
– Conducting research into Best Practices of course management systems.

The following experiences would be assets to this position, but are not explicitly required:

– Experience with course management systems (e.g. Connect; Moodle; Canvas).
– Experience generating and analyzing surveys.
– HTML and CSS experience

This position will be paid at the Project Assistant rate of $18.83/h, 10h per week (150h per 4-month term) for up to 45 weeks (12 months).

Interested candidates should email a resume or CV to Liane Chen at, and include a cover letter detailing their background, skills, and interest in the position.

Job posting for project assistant-tech rover to assist with Canvas course templates