Summer Job Opportunity in Calgary

Resource Centre Assistant ($10/hr x 14 weeks x 30 hours a week)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Start Date: May 5, 2009 

End Date: August 4, 2009

The New Gallery’s Resource Centre is seeking applications for a temporary Resource Centre Assistant. Candidates should be undergraduate students returning to studies in the fall, although people with plans to enroll in future studies or recent graduates are also welcome to apply.  Candidates should be enrolled in fine art, art history, museum and heritage studies, information management, library science, communications, or another related field.  Candidates should have an interest in the arts, artist-run culture and information management.  Good research skills, attention to detail, and the ability to maintain focus while undertaking repetitive tasks are essential. Candidates will be working under the direction of the Resource Centre Coordinator. Some training will be provided.

The role of the Resource Centre Assistant is to help the Resource Centre Coodinator in the organization and digitization of archival and Resource Centre material. 

Basic responsibilities  include:

  • Creating electronic records for digital images
  • Creating electronic records for Resource Centre periodicals, catalogues and books 
  • Scanning slides and photographs to create digital images 
  • Digital image editing 
  • Copyright research 
  • Biographical research for artists 
  • Sorting and organizing artist files
  • Adding keywords to existing records 
  • Creating a distribution list for current publications
  • Responding to public inquiries about the Resource Centre and its contents

About the Resource Centre and Virtual Archive:

Since its inception, The New Gallery has subscribed to current arts periodicals and collected catalogues through exchange programs with other artist-run centres and galleries. Our long history has allowed us to develop a unique collection of material with a focus on emerging Canadian artists and artist-run culture.

In addition to published materials, TNG keeps files on artists and groups who have shown in the gallery in the past 10 years. These files include artist statements and CVs, descriptions of exhibitions, and published reviews.

TNG’s collection of publications and artist files provides the content of our Resource Centre. Although smaller than other institutional libraries, we have over 3000 books and periodicals to inspire and educate researchers, students and the general public.

TNG also maintains a virtual archive containing digital representations of historical material related to TNG. The archive includes images from exhibitions, as well as press releases, posters and other items related to the gallery’s history. 

TNG uses open source software called CollectiveAccess to keep track of items in the Resource Centre and virtual archive. 

About the New Gallery:

Established in 1975, The New Gallery is an active artist-run centre for the presentation and promotion of contemporary art in Calgary. Through exhibitions, performances, discussions and educational resources, The New Gallery stimulates critical discourse, recognizes diversity, develops collaborative networks and promotes a public appreciation of current art practices. 

Review of applications will begin on April 13, 2009.

The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Your letter, CV, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references may be sent

(1) via email to (preferred method of receipt)

or (2) faxed to Jessica McCarrel, 403- 290-2399 ,

or (3) mailed to
Jessica McCarrel
The New Gallery
PO Box 22451

Bankers Hall RPO

Calgary, AB T2P 5G7

An Equal Opportunity Employer, TNG’s Resource Centre is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the province’s diversity.

For more information about the Resource Centre, see , and about the The New Gallery, 

Position subject to funding

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