Special Collection Audiovisual assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Special Collection Audiovisual assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Ryerson University LIbrary and Archives
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Toronto, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-05-08 à 2017-08-25 (16 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 21,00 $

The Special Collections Department at the Ryerson University Library and Archives is looking for candidates for the position of Audiovisual Collections Assistant. THe position will run for 16 weeks, commencing on May 8th, through August 25th, 2017, and will pay $21/hour. Archives & Special Collections is located on the 4th floor of the library at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.


The successful candidate will perform a formal review of the full audiovisual holdings of the Special Collections Department at Ryerson University Library and Archives. Duties will include:


Creating a preservation and digitization plan and performing preservation actions

Creating and implementing a digitization plan for audiovisual material

Reviewing, consolidating and organizing existing work on the collections and creating and updating catalogue records describing the collections.

Digitization of collections material

Performing copyright research. where needed, on individual items

The scope of the project will include the Macinnis audiovisual collection of video recordings of deep sea dives, the Kodak Lecture Series of audio recordings of lectures by film, photo and new media artists from 1973 to 2007, and a collection of film prints. Other, smaller collections of film, video, and audio material will also be included as time permits.


This summer project will give a student interested in working with audiovisual collections in Libraries, Archives and Museums hands-on experience processing, digitizing and cataloguing films, videos and audio recordings. Creating a digitization plan for materials, including prioritizing due to format and condition, and implementing the plan by digitizing material (where equipment and facilities exist or can be procured) will allow the student to see a project through from start to finish. The Special Collections department will benefit from complete catalogue records of audiovisual holdings, including condition notes and priorities for digitization. The broader Ryerson community and the public will be aware of materials within the collections through complete online records, and will have improved access to any materials that can be digitized.


The ideal candidate is a detailed oriented student in a graduate program in Library and Information Science, Archival Science, Museums studies, or equivalent with a demonstrated focus on, and personal interest in the study of audiovisual collections and an interest . Knowledge of the history and composition of film and audiovisual media and the attendant preservation and deterioration issues required. Familiarity with descriptive standards, Rules for Archival Description preferred, as well as use of classification standards and controlled vocabularies. Familiarity with general office software, spreadsheets, scanning and video and sound editing software needed. Previous experience with collections management database software preferred. Candidates should have strong research and writing skills and have the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and plan workflows carefully to complete projects in a set time.


Candidates must submit proof of their eligibility for the Young Canada Works program prior to the interview process: young-canada-works.canada.ca. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


Applications should be sent to Alison Skyrme, Special Collections Librarian at Ryerson University Library: askyrme@ryerson.ca, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B2K3


Ryerson University is an equal opportunity employer, strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.



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