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ARST 596: Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form here, please cite the project number 2016-41. Please include a resume, cover letter (optional)

Purpose of the project:
This project is part of our backlog reduction initiative where records with significant research potential are made accessible for research use. Work will focus on records related to the history of resource extraction industries in British Columbia, particularly fishing and mining, as well as processing accruals to personal records of individuals involved in politics and union activity.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
Project activities include:
– Appraisal of un-processed records
– Arrangement and description according to RAD
– Update fonds description as required
– Input description into AtoM database
– Assess preservation and conservation needs
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
At the end of the project, RBSC will have complete RAD descriptions in AtoM for a number of small fonds, as well as processed accruals to major fonds. The student will have a much greater understanding of arrangement and description according to RAD and the use of AtoM database.
Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
This is an ongoing project, and schedule will depend on the student
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
MAS Core, especially ARST 515