Education Library hours for July & August 2019


UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

Full-time, One-Year Term

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2019

 UBC Library

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada providing access to a collection of over 7M items. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions on two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), including one off-site hospital library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan can be viewed here. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.

Summary of Responsibility:

The University Archives serves as the central repository for recorded data in all formats created by, for, and about the University of British Columbia. The Archives’ mandate is to identify, select, preserve and make available for use the University’s permanently valuable records.  Working with the Acting University Archivist, the Term Archivist is responsible for the organization and description of materials in the Archives’ holdings, disseminates information about the value and uses of the archival records in the administration of the University and to historical research, and participates in other records-related activities as appropriate.  The Term Archivist supervises staff and student workers as required; participates in library and campus committees, professional organizations, and the University community; and provides general reference services.

Required Qualifications:

A Graduate Degree in Archival Studies (MAS), or equivalent from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.  Experience working with archival material in all formats including born digital and digitized documents.  Excellent ability to speak, read and write English.  Experience with computer technology and software, particularly library and archival management systems.  The ability to work in a collaborative team environment and engage with professional and library assistant staff and the public is required.  Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

A second degree in History is desirable. Previous experience working in an archives or library special collections environment would be an asset.  A strong interest in and demonstrated broad knowledge of B.C. and Canadian history and current affairs would be an asset.

Working Relationships:

Reports to the Acting University Archivist.  Works closely with other professionals and support staff in the Archives and the Library.


In conjunction with the University Archivist and Archives’ staff, the Term Archivist is responsible for the development and delivery of archival services. More specifically, the responsibilities of the Archivist include: 

  • Identification, acquisition, appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation of, and access to the University’s permanently valuable records in all formats including electronic records.
  • Negotiation for the acquisition of private papers of faculty members and administrators, research collections, and the records of other organizations closely affiliated with the University.
  • Assisting in the formulation and implementation of programs for the creation of digital archives and associated metadata.
  • Supervision of library assistants, Work Learn and other student assistants, and project contractors carrying out specific work on archival collections.
  • Liaison and co-operation with other Archives or Library staff on projects and issues of mutual interest.
  • Overseeing the creation and maintenance of finding aids conforming to evolving national and international standards for all material held in the University Archives.
  • Providing general reference service for the Archives.
  • Promoting the value of archival of archival holdings and services by means of publicity, publications and exhibitions.
  • Performs other duties as necessary, including participating in Library committees, professional initiatives, and University initiatives.

Standards of Performance:

Provides competent professional service to users in a courteous manner. Is aware of developments at the University and in the Library. Maintains a good relationship with administrators, faculty, staff and students.  Keeps current with developments in the fields of archival science and records management and maintains contact with other professionals in the field through archival and records management associations and meetings.

Terms of Appointment and Salary:

This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

We are seeking applications from Archivists with up to 3 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page by midnight on August 29, 2019.




Xwi7xwa Library Spotlight Series presents: Resources on Sacred Sites


Sacred sites are locations that have been set aside from the places we encounter in our everyday lives and generally fall within two general categories: built structures or natural places. They have been set aside because they are deemed to have a spiritual or religious purpose and sacred meaning within a cultural context. These places may be associated with sacred stories, ceremonies, rituals and practices.”

(from Sacred Sites International Foundation)



Xwi7xwa Library has curated a short list of titles that relate to Indigenous sacred sites. For more information on sacred sites see Indigenous Corporate Training’s article and Sacred Sites International Foundation.



 Indigenous Earth: Praxis and Transformation edited by Ellen Simmons

Indigenous Earth: Praxis and Transformation, is a collection of essays that bring together voices from a diverse range of academics and practitioners in environmental and social concerns. Topics vary in range from practice in conservation biology to sustainable natural resource management as well as research and development of theory ranging from Indigenousenvironmental ethics to critical issues in cultural heritage and intellectual property. Contributing essays include voices from Peru, Bolivia, Philippines, Norway, United States, and Canada. To preserve the integrity of the variety of disciplines of the contributors, the editor decided to maintain the variety of styles featured in the separate essays.

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Is the Sacred for Sale? Tourism and Indigenous Peoples by Alison M. Johnston

Is the Sacred for Sale? looks at our present crossroads in consumer society. It analyses the big questions of tourism, clarifying how tourism can support biodiversity conservation. It also offers a cross-cultural window to the divide between corporate thinking and sacred knowledge, to help us understand why collisions over resources and land use are escalating. Finally, we have a full spectrum of information for healthy dialogue and new relationships.

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Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke

When she invites us to “recover the sacred,” Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums. For LaDuke, only the power to define what is sacred-and gain access to it-will enable Indigenous communities to remember who they are and fashion their future.Based on a wealth of research and hundreds of interviews with Indigenous scholars and activists, LaDuke’s book examines the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects, and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can best be practiced. Describing the numerous gaps between mainstream and Indigenous thinking, she probes the paradoxes that abound for peoples of the Americas and points a way forward for Indigenous people and their allies.

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Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions by Andrew Gulliford

Combines Indigenous oral histories, photographs, drawings and case studies to present current issues of cultural preservation vital to Indigenous people such as the repatriation of human remains, the curation and exhibitions of sacred masks and medicine bundles, and protecting sacred places on private, state, and public land.

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Unsettling the Commons: Social Movements Within, Against, and Beyond Settler Colonialism by Craig Fortier

Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigate what it means to struggle for “the commons” within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination–all in the name of the “struggle for the commons,” the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.

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Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for her work on designing our digital signage.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K94 .B67 2019
Deborah L. Borman, A Short & Happy Guide to Legal Writing (St. Paul: West Academic Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K260 .C364 2004
Canadian Council on International Law. Annual Conference, Legitimacy and Accountability in International Law: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, October 14-16, 2004, Volume 33 (Ottawa: Canadian Council on International Law, 2005).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE416.A78 A3 2019
Harry W. Arthurs, Connecting the Dots: The Life of an Academic Lawyer (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press & Toronto: The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2019).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3165 .A87 2016
Tom Ginsburg & Aziz Z. Huq, eds., Assessing Constitutional Performance (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3365 .K45 2019
Norm Keith, Workplace Health and Safety Crimes, 4th ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE3619 .D64 2019
Meinhard Doelle & Chris Tollefson, Environmental Law: Cases and Materials, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2019.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE5325 .G68 2019
Amanda Wakaruk & Sam-chin Li, eds., Government Information in Canada: Access and Stewardship (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .W9 2019
Richard C. Wydick & Amy E. Sloan, Plain English for Lawyers, 6th ed. (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2019)

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE2188 .S478 2019
Lodewijk van Setten, The Law of Financial Advice, Investment Management, and Trading (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE6246 .W55 2019
Ulrike Will, Climate Border Adjustments and WTO Law: Extending the EU Emissions Trading System to Imported Goods and Services (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ448.P65 S47 2016
Samuli Seppänen, Ideological Conflict and the Rule of Law in Contemporary China: Useful Paradoxes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

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