Student Jobs Post: Oral History Archivist, and Social and Digital Media Specialist, University of Toronto

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory is the largest LGBTQ oral history project in North American history, connecting over 200 life stories with new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. This team-based project is organized as a “collaboratory” –a cooperative laboratory–through which team members will come together to share work, ideas, and new knowledge concerning the creation of LGBTQ oral histories in the digital age.

The collaboratory is seeking two work-study students from any U of T campus to assist with research and programming during the summer 2016 academic term. We are seeking candidates with interests in LGBTQ studies and history, archival studies, and digital history. While some familiarity with these fields is requested, applicants will receive training in archival processing and cataloging as well as digital humanities practices, which may include training on content management systems such as Drupal or Islandora. Work will take place during the week (Monday – Friday) and will occur at the St. George Campus and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in downtown Toronto.

We are especially seeking someone interested in digitizing audio cassette tapes of existing oral histories. Training, equipment, and supervision will be provided.

We are seeking two positions: 1) Oral History Archivist, who will work with the PI and the Project’s Digital Librarian to edit oral history interviews and ingest digital objects into the CLGA’s collections management system in partnership with U of T Libraries; and 2) Social and Digital Media Specialist, who will blog about the Collaboratory’s activities; produce podcasts from the completed oral histories; and develop Omeka exhibits for the CLGA and Collaboratory websites. Training will be provided for both positions; depending on who is hired, we may rearrange the responsibilities.
Experience preferred but not required.


To be elligible, applicants must be currently registers U of T undergraduate and graduate students (domestic or international) studying a minimum 40% course load
(i.e., registered in at least 1.0 credits) continuously from May – August. For Undergraduate students that means one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August; OR 1 Y course from May to August. Graduate Students must be registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August. If your ROSI registration indicates a “PT” status, you need to ask your department to confirm the percentage.


Rate of pay will be topped-up to $15/hr for 90 hours of work between May 9th and August 5th.

To apply: 1) send cover letter, resume, and unofficial ROSI transcript to Elspeth.brown@utoronto.caand as soon as possible (no later than 9 May 2016; hiring will take place as soon as a suitable candidate is found).

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