The Wild Ride: In and Out of Years and Over a Century of Picturebooks is a chronological look at the evolution of the picturebook, one of the important literary art forms to emerge from the 20th Century. This exhibit is on display in IKBLC on the Level 2 foyer from March 4 through May 30, 2020.

Forestry Archivist

Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, One-year term

Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2019



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 2015-2017 can be viewed at  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.


The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) Division holds and manages the majority of the Library’s rare books, maps and manuscripts with a special emphasis on material related to British Columbia.  The archival collections at RBSC include the world-renowned Chung Collection, the archives of artist and author Douglas Coupland and the Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, containing over 18,000 images of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. More information about Rare Books and Special Collections can be found under


The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) Division holds and manages the majority of the Library’s rare books, maps and manuscripts with a special emphasis on material related to British Columbia.  Working with the RBSC Archivist, the Forestry Archivist is responsible for processing our forestry related records.  Work will include appraisal, arrangement and description, and creation of RAD compliant finding aids as well as assessing conservation needs of materials and undertaking preservation tasks.



  • 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. Strong interest in and demonstrated broad knowledge of B.C. and Canadian history and current affairs.
  • 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.
  • Dedicated to cultivating an inclusive environment that recognizes barriers faced by people and encourages and incorporates contributions from diverse groups and individuals.
  • Contributes to the Library’s sense of community and achievement of common goals through cooperation across units/groups and encouragement of equitable and balanced involvement in decision making.
  • Promotes and fosters a supportive environment built on appreciation, recognition, learning and professional growth.
  • Works to build a team environment built on positive working relationships, provides guidance and resources to teams while trusting them to excel.
  • Creates a supportive and open environment where everyone is able to listen, contribute and engage with colleagues and ideas and provide and receive timely, constructive feedback.
  • Creates an environment that embraces curiosity, ideas, creativity and innovation and provides opportunities and flexibility to explore new initiatives.


  • A second degree in History is desirable.
  • Previous experience working in a rare book or library special collections environment would be an asset.


This position reports to the Head, Rare Books and Special Collections and works closely with the RBSC Archivist and other professionals in the Division and the Library.


General Duties:

  • Based on a strong understanding and familiarity with the Archival holdings at RBSC, documents the overall organisation of Archival holdings; refines and updates existing records to current standards.
  • Evaluates, acquires, accessions, arranges and describes archival fonds. Prepares, or oversees the preparation of finding aids for current and backlog archival fonds and maintains, upgrades and updates existing finding aids.
  • In co-operation with other RBSC staff ensures the physical security, preservation and conservation of RBSC archival collections.
  • Oversees library assistants and student assistants carrying out specific work on archival collections; oversees the practicum work of SLAIS students and summer students on archives and manuscripts.
  • Contributes to and keeps abreast of  the  development and progress of the archival profession in B.C. and Canada and keeps current on academic research relating to B.C. history and related subjects


  • Provides general reference service for Rare Books and Special Collections.


  • Performs other duties as necessary including participating in Library committees, professional, and University initiatives.  


This position will be filled as a full-time, term position of 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.

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.

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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on March 10, 2019.




Join us in looking back at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's past 10 years from August 27 through October 30, 2018 in the IKBLC Level 2 foyer and in Rare Books and Special Collections.

Take a rare glimpse into Japan in the 1890s-1920s through the photographs taken by a Canadian missionary, John Cooper Robinson. We can only begin to understand Cooper Robinson’s photographs by overlaying both Canadian and Japanese historical contexts and perspectives. Join our symposium led by art historians and historians who specialize in Japan and Canada, to explore ways in which the Cooper Robinson photographs can be used and made relevant for future research and teaching. Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to visit the ongoing curated exhibit at Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). Register here for this event!

Event Details

When: Friday, March 24 2017  12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room


Registration | Reception (light refreshments will be provided)
1:00-1:15 pm
Opening Remarks | Introduction (donor, Jill Robinson)
1:15-2:00 pm
Allen Hockley (respondent, Ignacio Adriasola)
2:00-3:00 pm
RBSC exhibit visit | coffee break
3:00-3:15 pm
Hamish Ion
3:15-4:00 pm
Round table discussion (facilitator, Tristan Grunow) | Concluding Remarks

Speakers and Participants

Allen Hockley is Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College. He specializes in early Japanese photography and woodblock prints and illustrated books from the Tokugawa through early Showa periods.

A. Hamish Ion is a professor emeritus in the History Department, Royal Military College of Canada. He is a specialist in modern Japanese history.

Ignacio Adriasola is assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Tristan Grunow is assistant professor without review in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

The Asian Library and Rare Books and Special Collections and are delighted to host a symposium to launch our current exhibit Double Exposure | Japan-Canada: Missionary Photographs of Meiji-Taisho Japan.

This event is made possible through generous support from the Center for Japanese Research, the UBC History Department, the UBC Library, and nominal support from the Consulate General of Japan.

For more information, please contact Japanese Language Librarian Naoko Kato at

nitobe symposium posterThe Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts (CAUSA) presents a one-day symposium on January 9, 2016 from 10:30am-5:30pm. Speakers will touch on topics such as observations and reflections concerning “problems of authenticity” and “factors of futurity” within both the socially engaged practice of landscape architecture and its continually rigorous conservation and revivification.

Affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CAUSA aims to develop autonomous scholarly analysis and interpretation of visual culture (including problems of intelligibility) within specific historical contexts. CAUSA functions in association with a ‘global village’ network of independent and institutional scholars – in tandem with a pluralistic community of socially engaged contemporary artists.

CAUSA sustains a continuative process of philosophical reflection by connecting its program of research to an expansive glimmering that was first formulated by Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher of communication theory.

Event details

When: January 9, Saturday 2016 | 10:30am-5:30pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, (Rm. 301, Lillooet Room)


  • Adrian Archambault, Archivist/Architectural Heritage Advocate
  • Donald Luxton, Architect/Heritage Advocate/Consultant
  • Terrence Russell, Department of Asian Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Ryo Sugiyama, Curator, Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC
  • Cornelia Oberlander, founder of Cornelia Han Oberlander Landscape Architects

UBC Library is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a new exhibition featuring items from Rare Books and Special Collections’ Alice 100 collection.

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