Status: Contractual (3 years), full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period: 7 February to 8 March 2020
Job entry: As soon as possible
The responsibilities of this job include the supervision, coordination and monitoring of the archival collection and projects, and specifically the born-digital archives. The incumbent oversees and develops local practices for managing born-digital material held and acquired by the CCA and assists in the strategic direction of acquisition, preservation, and access to born-digital and paper-based archives and contributes to the curatorial projects related to born digital archives. The incumbent serves as the local manager of Archivematica, and coordinate support and development of the CCA’s digital repository with the IT department and Artefactual Systems. This includes ongoing maintenance and development of the CCA’s homegrown born-digital archives access interface, SCOPE. The incumbent plays a key role in the documentation of archives through the development of standards and procedures, classification and description – and the migration to a new AMS archives management system. The incumbent works closely with the Digital and Publications divisions in developing a digital culture at the CCA.
Management of born-digital archives
Develops and documents practices for the arrangement, description, preservation, and management of born-digital archives in accordance with international standards and best practices
Plans, prioritizes and reviews the processing of born-digital archives
Supervises the born-digital projects, including review and approval processing plans and editing archival descriptions
Collaborates with Reference, the Digital division, and external developers for on-site access to the digital archives
Collaborates with the Program, Research and Publications divisions in deciphering research material related to born digital archives and evaluating the relevancy for public concern
Manages daily use of Artefactual Systems and collaborates with the Information Systems division on the strategic development of CCA’s Archivematica digital preservation system
Manages daily use of Artefactual Systems and collaborates with the Digital division on the strategic development of CCA’s born-digital archives access interface (SCOPE)
Manages scripts and software utilities used in appraisal, arrangement, description, and SIP creation on dedicated BitCurator processing workstations
Supervises implementation of digital forensics tools and techniques for disk imaging of digital storage media
Acquisition of born-digital archives
Develops CCA’s capacity to responsibly acquire electronic records and papers
Investigates potential acquisitions and evaluates proposed acquisitions
Coordinates transfers of digital files from donors, and acting as a liaison between records creators at CCA’s curatorial, archival, preservation and technical staff
Works directly with records creators to advise on record-keeping practices that will facilitate the eventual transfer of their archives at CCA
Advisory and administrative responsibilities
Advises CCA staff of the functional requirements for acquiring, accessioning, preserving, arranging, describing, and providing access to (born-digital) archives and train archivists, curators, cataloguers, and interns as necessary
Prepares, with the archives team, the migration of archival metadata that could be largely related to metadata clean-up of legacy digital archives
Serves as the Collection Division’s internal and external representative and authority on issues related to (born-digital) archives
Education: Master’s degree in library science, archival science, or other relevant field
Experience: 3-5 years working in an archival repository, including experience working with born-digital archival material
Ability to work effectively in French and English, or willingness to learn
Project management experience
Knowledge of ISAD(G), RAD, DACS, and other archival descriptive standards
Demonstrated familiarity with data structure standards relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials (EAD, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS)
Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards such as OAIS and Trustworthy Digital Repositories
Knowledge of a wide range of computer storage media, file systems, software, and file formats
Experience applying tools such as Archivematica and BitCurator to process born-digital archives
Knowledge in working in Linux and with command-line interfaces or willingness to learn
Demonstrated experience in reading, using and manipulating born-digital architectural records in common formats and programs (AutoCAD/Revit, VectorWorks, Microstation, Rhino, Maya, etc.)
Familiarity with programming/scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, and bash or willingness to learn
Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) by email to [email protected] to the attention of Human Resources of Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920, Baile Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. The application deadline is 8 March 2020. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call. The CCA is an equal opportunity employer.
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The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern.
Based on its extensive Collection, exhibitions, programs, and research opportunities, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.