Archivist
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
I Year, full-time appointment
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2016.

DESCRIPTION:

The Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus invites applications from recently graduated, innovative, enthusiastic, service-oriented candidates for a full time, one year term position as Archivist.  Reporting to the Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library, this position is responsible for the coordination of special collections, archives, and records management services for the UBC Okanagan Campus, including provision of instructional and reference services to UBC students, faculty and staff, as well as community researchers.

This position will also contribute to the overall planning for library services and spaces.

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ENVIRONMENT:

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is situated in Kelowna, about 400 km east of Vancouver in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. 

Currently, there are approximately 8,400 UBC Okanagan undergraduate and graduate students and 450 faculty at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Administratively, the Okanagan campus Library reports to the Provost & Vice Principal.  Additionally, the Okanagan campus Library’s collections are integrated with UBC Library and library staff contributes to activities of the UBC Library.  UBC’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning environment with an excellent library infrastructure.  Check out the campus website for more information http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/welcome.html.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:  A graduate degree with archival and records management emphasis from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science; demonstrated knowledge of current archival theory and practices; excellent organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to perform effectively independently and in collaboration with others.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT:

This is a full time 1 year term appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2016.  Archivists and librarians are members of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by a collective agreement.

This position is suitable for a recent graduate with up to two years of professional experience.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications. 

Anticipated start date:  July 1, 2016.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on May 23rd, 2016.

To apply for this position, please visit the following link:

Please direct your questions to:

Lois Marshall
Manager, Planning & Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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The UBC Okanagan Innovation Library, which opened earlier this month, is a partnership between Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) and UBC Okanagan Library. An official reception was held October 15 to formally recognize the space. The new branch is located within the ORL’s Downtown Kelowna branch, and provides library services and resources to UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as community members.
 
Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus, Stephanie Hall, ORL executive director, as well as Heather Berringer, Chief Librarian, were on hand to welcome guests and provide remarks on the impact of the space to users. “The Innovation Library is the product of a partnership that is unique in Canada and offers a new model for university libraries of the 21st century,” said Buszard.
 
The event was featured on Global Okanagan, “News at 5, Top Stories” (begins at the 11:48 minute mark).

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UBC’s Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library are partnering to open a new Innovation Library this September.

The pilot, funded partially by the Irving K. Barber Learning Fund and a private British Columbia-based foundation, will open the Innovation Library within the downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. The library is the result of community consultation with local residents, who asked for the convenience of location paired with access to UBC Library resources, says UBC Okanagan Chief Librarian Heather Berringer.

The space will provide a place for public online research and access to many UBC resources for alumni and community members, as well as students and faculty who may prefer its central location. In addition to the resources, a Community Innovation Librarian will provide in-person support and academic consultations to support students, faculty, alumni and community members. 

“The Innovation Library will benefit UBC Okanagan students engaged in community-based learning and co-operative education placements,” Berringer says. “It is also equipped to support faculty members working on off-campus initiatives including regional socio-economic development projects in and with communities. And it is open for public use.”

The library is expected to open in early September.

For more information, read the news release.

A similar story also appeared in: 

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Photo credit: Marshall Sharp/Salt Spring Island Archives

In the August issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate B.C. Day, including a look at a recently digitized collection that provides insight into life in the Okanagan Valley since 1926.

 

 

UBC MEDIA RELEASE | JULY 31, 2013

History of the Okanagan comes alive in digital stories for BC Day

UBC Library project makes publications accessible to everyone

Okanagan communities have a special reason to celebrate this BC Day, thanks to a new digitization project initiated by UBC’s Okanagan Library that makes the region’s history accessible to the world.

Now the rich history of the Okanagan is available in digital story form. Nearly 70 volumes of the Okanagan Historical Society’s (OHS) annual reports were recently digitized.  The collection is available online in UBC Library’s digital collections.

This publication is one of the longest, continually published historical periodicals in British Columbia, and includes contributions from branch members including Armstrong-Enderby, Kelowna, Oliver-Osoyoos, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Summerland, the Similkameen and Vernon.

The reports have been used for teaching and learning for decades, with topics ranging from physical geography to cultural studies. The digital collection features more than 15,000 pages, dating from 1926 to modern day, though the most recent years have not been widely published.

“The content that has been made publicly available through this joint initiative between the Okanagan Historical Society and UBC Library will be a tremendous benefit to not only our UBC students, but to all researchers who take an interest in the fascinating history of the Okanagan Valley,” says Heather Berringer, deputy chief librarian at UBC’s Okanagan Library.

“We are incredibly pleased to have been able to support digitization efforts that bring our community to the world.”

UBC’s Okanagan Library proposed the project, and UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives Unit in Vancouver digitized and created the online collection. An official launch celebrating the digitization of OHS Reports is planned for September 2013.

The UBC Library Digital Collections can be viewed at: http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/landingpage/collection/ohs

For more information, please visit:  the http://about.library.ubc.ca/2013/07/15/history-of-the-okanagan/

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Glenn Drexhage
Communications Manager, UBC Library
Tel: 604-827-3434 | E-mail: glenn.drexhage@ubc.ca

 

Paul Marck
Manager, Media Relations
University Relations, University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus
Tel: 250-807-9278 | Mobile: 250-863-9745 | Email: paul.marck@ubc.ca

 

MEDIA

Okanagan Historical Society annual report cover illustration. Please credit: Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library

Okanagan Historical Society annual report cover illustration.
Please credit: Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library

 

A high-resolution version of this photo can be downloaded from:

http://universityrelations.ok.ubc.ca/News2013/Historical/Cover2.jpg

 

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Cover illustration of an Okanagan Historical Society publication.
Please credit: Okanagan Historical Society/UBC Library

 

A high-resolution version of this photo can be downloaded from:

http://universityrelations.ok.ubc.ca/News2013/Historical/Cover1.jpg

 

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Cover of the 1969 annual report of the Okanagan Historical Society

The history of the Okanagan Valley since 1926 is now available to researchers and genealogists, thanks to UBC’s Okanagan Library and UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives unit.

Nearly 70 volumes of the Okanagan Historical Society’s annual reports were recently digitized – featuring stories and pictures of families, individuals, businesses and events that define life in the Okanagan Valley.

The Okanagan History is one of the longest, continually published historical periodicals in British Columbia. The annual 240-page publication covers a large geographic area and includes input from branch members including Armstrong-Enderby, Kelowna, Oliver-Osoyoos, Penticton, Salmon Arm, the Similkameen, Summerland and Vernon.

The reports have been used for teaching and learning for decades, from physical geography to cultural studies. The digital collection features 15,600 pages, dating from 1926 to the present (the most recent years of issues are embargoed).

“The content that has been made publicly available through this joint initiative between the Okanagan Historical Society and UBC Library will be a tremendous benefit to not only our UBC students, but to all researchers who take an interest in the fascinating history of the Okanagan Valley,” says Heather Berringer, Deputy Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan Library. “We are incredibly pleased to have been able to support digitization efforts that bring our community to the world.”

The collection is now available online in UBC Library’s digital collections, but an official launch celebrating the digitization of the OHS Reports will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. For more information on the launch, contact laura.thorne@ubc.ca.

For questions about the project, contact Bronwen Sprout, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, at bronwen.sprout@ubc.ca.

For more information on the Okanagan Historical Society, please visit its website.

UBC’s Okanagan Library launched its Leader in Residence program this February, welcoming Ernie Ingles,Vice-Provost and Director, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta, as its inaugural leader. The two-day professional development event was an opportunity to bring together the campus community and regional library partners.

Too often the value of libraries is underestimated, says Heather Berringer, Deputy Chief Librarian in the Okanagan, adding that such events help nurture leadership among librarians and libraries. Kim Partanen agrees, adding that the time spent with her peers discussing trends and issues was invaluable. Partanen, an Access Services Coordinator, also found the outside perspective of a prominent librarian such as Ingles provided a context for larger issues impacting the profession and in academic libraries.

Hear more about the program from Heather and Kim and discover how participants benefitted from the two-day event.

 

Read more from UBC Library’s Community Report (2013).

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Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students looking to share the fruits of their scholarship have received a big boost from the Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

“The CSC has an enormous impact on academic research in the University,” says Dr. Kasun Hewage, Assistant Professor (Project & Construction Management) at the School of Engineering. “Most of our graduate students are international and have different writing and thinking patterns. It is very difficult for a research professor to guide them in academic writing. Whenever I note a need, I direct my students to get help from the CSC to improve their communication skills.”

The CSC, which opened last July and is housed in the Library, reports to Melody Burton, Chief Librarian, and Dr. Peter Arthur, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Okanagan campus. The centre offers one-on-one consultations on written and oral communication, special events and more. Librarians’ contributions include delivering well-received workshops on topics such as copyright, research tools such as RefWorks and Mendeley, and managing information with technology. 

As a result, students learn strategies to manage time and resources, improve writing and editing skills, and discover how to present material to different audiences and for different purposes. “Supporting junior researchers and scholars in the communication of new knowledge has the potential to impact not just the student, but also his or her academic community and the wider community,” says Carolyn Labun, Director of the Centre For Scholarly Communications. 

More:  Hear other insights on academic communication from UBC authors at our Okanagan campus. 

Read more from UBC Library’s Community Report (2013).

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