Digital Projects Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Digital Projects Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : York University Libraries
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Toronto, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-11-20 à 2018-03-30 (19 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,96 $


Part-Time Position Posting

Position Title: Digital Projects Assistant

Department: Scott Library, Bibliographic Services


Number of Positions: 1

Rate of Pay: $14.96

Hours: 30 hours per week, Monday–Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm for a total of 190 hours

Position Start Date: November 20, 2017

Position End Date: January 12, 2018

York University Libraries is looking for a very detail-oriented, self-motivated student. The successful candidate must fit the criteria as outlined under the Young Canada Works program (see: Much of this position involves the digitization and description of photo negatives from the Toronto Telegram as part of "The City Builders" research project affiliated with the Portuguese Canadian History Project. We are happy to train someone who is lacking technical experience. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate an interest in archival materials and public history. In your cover letter, please describe how you have developed your accuracy and attention to detail, and tell us about your interest in archival materials and public history.

1. Major Responsibilities or Duties:

Digitization and manipulation of materials (50%)

• Digitize materials using a selection of scanning equipment and software applications.

• By way of trial and error, determine optimum software settings for best possible digitization outcome.

• Create and manipulate a variety of file types including TIFF, JPEG, and PDF files using a variety of software programs including Silverfast and Adobe Photoshop.

• Upload digital objects into our digital preservation repository

Generate basic metadata for digitized materials (45%)

• Upload digital objects into our digital preservation repository

• Create and update a variety of spreadsheets, document changes to workflow, actively communicate with the Digital Initiatives Team.

• Track work progress and communicate with the Digital Initiatives team using Redmine software.

Other related duties as required (5%)

2. Communications:

• Internal – contacts with other employees in work area or related work units

• External - contacts with other research team members and the general public

3. Supervisory Responsibilities

• None

4. Physical/Sensory Demands:

• Requires repetitive tasks.

• Speed and accuracy in the use of computer workstations.

• Requires periods of sitting.

• Use of consistent and accurate motions in use of the workstation, i.e. keyboarding.

5. Qualifications/Skills:

• Basic keyboarding skills.

• Proficiency in English.

• Accuracy with details (verify your work consistently for accuracy).

• Ability to perform repetitive tasks while keeping close attention to detail.

• Troubleshooting and problem solving capabilities, comfortable with learning and using different software programs and hardware.

• Proficiency with spreadsheets and collaborative software environments such as Slack, Google Drive, Google Calendar and Dropbox.

• Optimizing digitization tools and settings for items to be scanned.

• Basic familiarity with HTML is an asset, but not required.

• Experience with XML an asset, but not required.

• Ability to work independently with little supervision.

Department: Scott Library, Bibliographic Services

York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's

Employer Application website or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to by the deadline of Friday November 17, 2017.

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