Archives Assistant-Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Archives Assistant-Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Nom de l’organisme : McGill University Library & Archive
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Montreal, Québec
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-10-02 à 2018-03-23 (24 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 22,00 $

Throughout 2018, the McGill University Archives, together with the University’s Department of History and Library colleagues from the Nahum Gelber Law Library, Collection Services and Digital Initiatives, will celebrate the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), its significance, and impact over the past seven decades. Why 2018? The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris (1948), and next year marks its 70th anniversary. The Declaration, a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights for all peoples and all nations, was drafted by John Peters Humphrey, a professor of Law at McGill University, and beginning in 1988, he donated his work on human rights and the various drafts of the UDHR to the University Archives.


The successful Young Canada Works (YCW) intern will develop online and physical exhibits to support teaching and learning objectives and to plan for public events that focus on the UDHR and its creator. We also anticipate submitting a SSHRC Connections Grant application for a conference held 16 March 2018.

Under close supervision, the intern will be tasked with the following project objectives:


• Assistance with the selection and layout of content for online exhibit for the 70th anniversary of the UDHR

• Assistance with the creation of text to support the archival fonds for the online exhibit

• Preparation, including metadata for digitization and a MARC record, of archival materials for in-house digitization

• Support for Digital Initiatives in the digitization of the archival fonds and in the setting up of the touch table and online exhibit

• Updating the current finding aid to ensure compliance with Canadian archival standards

• Support for Collection Services to enter data into AtoM (an open source arachival management software system) for discoverability and creation of a finding aid

• Identification and analysis of related archival materials to compliment the John Peters Humphreys fonds and the UDHR

• Assistance with conference, including preparation for a SSHRC Connections Gr

Candidate Profile:

• Completion of Information Studies, Archival Studies or Library Studies

• Proficient in software applications such as Drupal, Access, Adobe and Office Suite

• Experience in care and handling of archival records

• Strong research, analysis and organizational skills

• Excellent oral and written skills; ability to read and write in English and French

• Ability to work independently and in a team environment


The position runs from October 9, 2017 - March 31, 2018. The application deadline is September 15, 2017. Applications can be addressed to:

Lori Podolsky

McGill University Archives

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street

Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9


Telephone: 514-368-2955

Email: lori.podolsky@mcgill.ca


Characteristics of City/Region:

City of Montreal website: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca

McGill University website: http://www.mcgill.ca

McGill University Library & Archives website: http://www.mcgill.ca/library

Government of Quebec tourist website: http://www.bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/










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