British Columbia Regional Digitized History (BCRDH) Metadata and Outreach Archivist

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British Columbia Regional Digitized History (BCRDH) Metadata and Outreach Archivist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date June 5, 2022
Deadline July 04, 2022
Type Full Time
Company The University of British Columbia
Salary $68,016 to $97,850 - Annual
Location Kelowna, BC
Category Education/Administrative
Client The University of British Columbia
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British Columbia Regional Digitized History (BCRDH) Metadata and Outreach Archivist

(Fixed Term Appointment, Full-time, 12 months)
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is situated in Kelowna on the traditional, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples.


The Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus invites applications from collaborative and detail -oriented archivists committed to supporting archival outreach work for a one-year term position. The British Columbia Regional Digitized History (BCRDH) Metadata and Outreach Archivist (Term) will contribute to the coordination, development, and execution of the BCRDH project.

BCRDH is a regional partnership led by the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus Library and involving over 40 community memory institutions. The project works collaboratively with partner organizations to improve access to a wide range of local historical resources through digitization.

Currently, BCRDH is the parent of two regional aggregate collections: Digitized Okanagan History (2017 – present) and Kootenay/Columbia Digitized History (2019 – present). Together, these aggregate collections represent historical, primary source, and archival materials housed in community heritage institutions throughout the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen, Boundary, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, and Columbia regions of British Columbia’s southern interior.

The BCRDH Metadata and Outreach Archivist reports to the Associate Chief Librarian, Research and Administration. They will collaborate closely with the UBC Okanagan Archivist, who has ongoing responsibility for Okanagan Special Collections (OSC) vision and leadership. The BCRDH project is an integral component of UBC Okanagan Library’s OSC program.

A complete job description can be viewed at


We are an engaged group that values collaboration, flexibility, and creativity, and we are looking for candidates who welcome the opportunity to work closely with staff, faculty, students, and campus and community colleagues. The Okanagan Library prides itself on being an inclusive place, a service-oriented team, and a nexus of scholarly engagement. We lead by example and empower by design as outlined in the Library’s Strategic Framework. Our work is also informed and guided by UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan and UBC Okanagan’s Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. More about EDI at UBC Okanagan Library.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


  • A masters-level degree with a specialization or concentration in archival science. Candidates holding MLIS degrees with demonstrable knowledge of archival practices will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current archival theory, practices, and archival management systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


We at UBC Okanagan Library want to emphasize that the preferred skills and qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping and supporting our future colleague develop these preferred skills and qualifications as needed.

  • Experience with applying descriptive metadata to archival material with reference to standards and controlled vocabularies including Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), Dublin Core, Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (TGM), MARC Genre Terms (MARCGT), and Rules for Archival Description (RAD).
  • Working knowledge of applications of metadata in digital repository settings spanning descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata, and including a knowledge of the principles of indexing.
  • Working knowledge of rights management and of statutes, regulations, and codes of ethics that inform and affect archival practice, particularly the Canada Copyright Act.
  • Experience working with archival material in all formats including digitized documents, photographs, and audiovisual resources.
  • Knowledge of the application of principles, tools and frameworks that integrate historical contexts and power imbalances into the generation of digital objects and their metadata including the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance, OCAP, TK Labels, and the ACA’s reconciliation framework.
  • Experience in grant writing and knowledge of regional, provincial, and federal funding programs relevant to heritage, archives, and digitization.
  • Experience in community engagement and outreach.
  • Effective interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills.
  • A service-oriented approach to archival work.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in archival work.


This is a limited term position for a fixed period of one year, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2022. The start date is flexible depending on candidate requirements. This successful candidate for this position will be a member of The University of British Columbia Faculty Association and the terms and conditions of appointment are governed by a collective agreement.

This position will be filled at an annual starting salary that is in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The minimum salary range, based on years of experience, is $68,016 to $97,850.


To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on July 4, 2022.

To apply for this position, please visit the following link:–BCRDH–Metadata-and-Outreach-Archivist_JR8070-1

Applications for this opportunity are to be submitted in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include:

  • A letter of application which must include a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
  • A detailed and current curriculum vitae detailing education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above;
  • The names of three professional references with their email addresses.

Please note candidates will be required to create a profile through the UBC system in order to submit an application.

Please direct your questions to:
Lois Marshall [email protected]
Manager, Planning and Operations | Library
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus
3287 University Way Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

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