First Nations House of Learning
Xwi7xwa Library, UBC Library
Technical Services Student Librarian
Would you like experience working with Aboriginal collections and metadata?
The Xwi7xwa Library is seeking an iSchool student to undertake technical services duties relating to the development, organization and description of Indigenous print and digital collections. As the Aboriginal branch of the UBC Library, Xwi7xwa serves a diverse clientele including Aboriginal students, faculty and staff, the wider campus community, and the general public.
Duties and responsibilities:
- catalog record enhancement including Indigenous digital points of access
- develop and maintain controlled vocabularies, including the First Nations House of Learning Subject Headings, including researching appropriate terminology
- update and maintain an alternate classification system, the Xwi7xwa classification system, including researching appropriate terminology
- physical preparation of materials for shelving and processing of in-kind gifts
- assistance with ongoing and new library projects and programming such as the collection maintenance project
Work could include
– development and maintenance of Xwi7xwa research guides
– design of Xwi7xwa digital signage, digital objects for instruction
– related technical services and other duties as assigned
Qualifications: The ideal candidate is an iSchool student who has completed basic cataloguing coursework; has related experience with RDA or Dublin core, metadata and thesaurus standards; and is knowledgeable about contemporary First Nations/Aboriginal issues and scholarship. An awareness of library resources (print, media and electronic) relevant to Aboriginal interests is desirable. The ideal candidate can demonstrate an ability to pay careful attention to detail, is a self-directed independent worker who is also able to work in a team environment, and is well-organized with excellent interpersonal and IT skills.
Additional desired skills and experience include:
- completion of LIBR 511 Cataloging and Classification
- demonstrated experience or skills in customer services, writing and social media
- experience with citation management software (Zotero, Endnote, RefWorks)
- academic coursework in First Nations Studies or a related discipline and/or experience working in First Nations contexts
- any additional library experience is an asset
Rate of Pay: $20.60 per hour + 4 % vacation pay
Hours: 10 hours a week
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Start Date: TBD. A short training & orientation (2-4 hours) is anticipated during the week of Sept 2
Closing date for applications: Noon Tuesday April 17, 2018
Interviews expected to be scheduled: Up until Friday April 20, 2018
To apply, please submit your c.v. and cover letter with a draft course schedule if available (and optional graphics or writing sample) to:
Access Services Supervisor
1985 West Mall, Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z2
All Student Librarian positions are subject to funding and budgetary approval.
Students will be supervised by the Technical Services Librarian and Cataloging and Acquisitions Assistant; scheduling will be through the Access Services Supervisor. Several projects will require the ability to evaluate materials and work independently. Staff will be available to address questions or problems that arise relating to duties or projects.
Xwi7xwa Library provides library and information services relating to Aboriginal issues and subjects to UBC students and researchers and members of the University community. We welcome Aboriginal students, researchers, community members 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 Xwi7xwa Student Librarian positions support Xwi7xwa’s services on campus and increase the number of librarians graduating from SLAIS with specialized skills and experience relevant for Aboriginal organizations and communities.
Student Learning Components (UBC Vancouver Work Study/Work Learn Program)
Training for this position will include orientation to UBC Library cataloguing work, Xwi7xwa branch-specific practices and an introduction to the First Nations House of Learning. This comprehensive onsite training provides students guidance for applying the classroom learning (from their information studies professional program) in a workplace environment. By the end of term, the students will have demonstrated additional workplace skills.
Each student has opportunities for ongoing consultation and project supervision with the Xwi7xwa team and will be mentored by the Xwi7xwa Technical Services Librarian. Project report writing and occasional project meetings provide opportunity for reflection and to develop problem solving skills. Formal meetings are scheduled at the end of each term to discuss performance and learning progress. The student librarian positions provide opportunity for professional skills experience in developing and practicing one-on-one teaching skills, modeling best practices, and encouraging student learners (including themselves) to become increasing self-directed in their own learning paths and research.
The positions offer technical services work experience in an interdisciplinary academic library with the First Nations House of Learning Subject Headings and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. Experience is acquired in Voyager cataloguing and circulation modules, in effective use of a large research library catalogue and databases, and in an increasingly digital environment that is shaped by Indigenous approaches at this library.
Knowledge is gained in current cataloguing practices and the use of an alternate classification system (Xwi7xwa classification); metadata for scholarly and community research; website development and social media experience; the opportunity to work with Xwi7xwa and other UBC Library librarians as well as support staff in this full-service small branch with a diverse clientele and collections (e.g. special collections, archives, digital collections, circulating collections).
2018 Fall WL TS Student Librarian