Student Assistant: Casey Wood Archives

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Student Assistant: Casey Wood Archives
  • Nom de l’organisme : McGill University Library & Archives
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Montreal, Québec
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-05-22 à 2018-08-31 (14,43 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 15,15 $

Rare Books and Special Collections was established in 1965 and is the second largest library at McGill with approximately 750,000 bibliographic items. It develops, maintains, and makes accessible research collections in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. It provides a supervised reading room for researchers, reference services, and the newly renovated Colgate room is a media-equipped seminar room for classes, public lectures and events situated right at the heart of the library. RBSC gives and hosts classes, mounts exhibitions, and organizes symposia, and promotes the treasures of their collections through a successful Instagram account.


The YCW candidate will gain valuable experience in working in a rare books and special collections library. The student will partake in a range of activities in the library, the focus of which will be the processing of an important archival collection, the private papers and manuscripts of Casey Wood (1856-1942). Dr Wood was a Canadian ophthalmologist, ornithologist, author, translator, editor and bibliophile. The candidate will prepare a description and finding aid of the collection, and will sort, stabilize and preserve this unique material. The work will increase awareness of Dr Wood, an important figure in McGill history.

The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in history and some exposure to its work, such as processing paper-based archives.

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

• The review and assessment of an undiscovered set of biographical records on Casey Wood

• The preservation of fragile Canadian archival material of an important figure in the institutional history of McGill and to Canadian biography

• An online finding aid to a “hidden” group of biographical material to be made publicly available

Candidate Profile:

• Graduate student in natural history, archival, or library studies

• Good communication skills;

• reading knowledge of English;

• a capacity to work independently;

• good analytical skills and attention to detail

• candidate must be comfortable working in a controlled environment with fragile material


The Application deadline is May 18, 2018. Applications should be addressed to:

Christopher Lyons,

Head Librarian

Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library

McLennan Library Building,

3459 McTavish Street

Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9

T: 514-398-4708

E: christopher.lyons@mcgill.ca

Details on Montreal and the surrounding area:

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

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

McGill University Library Rare Books and Special Collections Website: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/rarebooks

Government of Quebec Tourist Website: https://www.quebecoriginal.com/en-ca




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