Internship: Art Library Work-Study at the Banff Centre in Alberta

The Banff Centre offers a wide variety of internships, workshops, writing and artist retreats, and work-study positions. Their Art Library is now open to Canadian and international applicants for a six-month work-study (September 2014 – March 2015):

This role complements studies in arts librarianship and will primarily focus on The Banff Centre Library’s collection of artists’ books.  Practical experience will include the cataloguing and assessment of items in the artist’s book collection as well as the creation of public programs for the library. Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at lectures, workshops and events related to arts programming at The Banff Centre.

Applications are due June 15th, 2014, require a non-refundable application fee, and consist of a cover letter, CV, two references, and a project proposal for completion during the work-study.

Some other information about the Work-Study program can be found on the Programs Overview page:

The Work Study program is usually several months to a year-long and offers participants a full scholarship to cover the program fee, a stipend, subsidized meals on campus, and the possibility for subsidized shared housing.

There are a lot more details about the Work-Study programs at Banff (including housing, meals, and other fees), so make sure you read the website carefully before deciding to apply.

Job Posting: CBC/Radio-Canada Media Librarian – Toronto

CBC/Radio-Canada seeks a full-time media librarian to work for the radio services in their Toronto office. The deadline for applications is May 23rd, 2014.

As a Media Librarian, you will be employing your skills as an information professional by cataloguing CBC radio content in accordance with CBC’s corporate and departmental standards and policies. Expertise with metadata standards, subject analysis and controlled vocabularies essential. An MLS degree and/or strong knowledge of CBC cataloguing standards and workflows are an asset. Work is governed by CBC programming and journalistic policies as well as various agreements governing the possible use of these materials. There is little latitude for independent action but some opportunity for initiative and judgement. Advice and guidance are available.


You possess the following:
University degree in library science or the equivalent. A Masters in Library Science (MLS) is considered a very strong asset
Two years of comparable and relevant experience
Fluent in English
Able to rapidly and accurately summarize audio materials, and describe video materials
Good knowledge of and experience with the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Access
Data entry and processing skills, and word processing skills in a Windows environment
Knowledge of recent Canadian history (past 50 years), current events, and personalities in the province (will be gauged via a test administered by CBC/Radio-Canada)
Advanced knowledge of metadata standards, subject analysis and controlled vocabularies
Experience creating archive descriptions or original document cataloguing projects
Knowledge of CBC/Radio-Canada programming policies and journalistic standards and practices
Knowledge of CBC/Radio-Canada programming
Proven ability to work without supervision
Strong interpersonal skills working in a team environment
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Able to work in a tight-deadline environment, often in unexpected overtime situations
Self-motivated and self-sufficient
Able to work flexible hours and weekends as required

Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

Library Services Assistant – DHX Media, Toronto

DHX Media, a huge family-programming corporation, has a three-month contract open (with possibility of extension) for a media and digital asset librarian in the Toronto office. There’s no specific salary information, and the deadline for applications is May 23rd.

“If you are interested in special libraries, media, children’s programming, and cartoons, then this could be the right position for you!”

“DHX Media is recognized for brands such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media’s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich and Amsterdam and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange….

“As the Library Services Assistant, you will assist the Library Services Coordinator in the day-to-day operations of the distribution library including cataloguing and resource description, weeding the physical collection, vault clean-up, and readying materials for transfer to vault storage. The Library Services Assistant will also assist with the implementation of our metadata schema and with uploading media asset information to our online database.”


Film Reference Library (Paid) Internship with the Toronto International Film Festival

The Film Reference Library is seeking interns to assist with the inventory of a large collection under the direction of the Manager, Special Collections, using pre-set standards for archival description.

Here’s the job post. This is a summer contract, running from May 26 – August 15.
• Cataloguing and labeling artifacts, textual records, graphic materials, photographs, and videos
• Re-housing, re-sleeving and boxing items in accordance with archival standards
• Record creation
• Data input (accurate and fast) 
• Scanning photographs, textual records, and graphic materials as required
• Shipping/storage related functions 

Minimum Requirements:
• Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Museum Studies or Library Information Program
• Familiar with archival and museum standard practices
• Experience with museum/archival databases 
• Accurate and fast data input
• Experience handling and storing artifacts and archival items
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team
• Able to lift 30lbs
• Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends

Young Canada Works Jobs for Canadian Students

Young Canada Works. Despite its faults*, it’s a beautiful initiative: government funding for cultural heritage organizations to give summer employment to students and new professionals. Here’s a selection of arts-related YCW positions across Canada, from curation and conservation to research and events planning (with varying application deadlines):

Registration / Conservation Assistant at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, June 9 – August 29, $21.20/hr)

Curatorial Assistant at the Delta Museum and Archives Society (Delta, BC, May 27 – August 23, $14.10/hr)

Collections Management and Curatorial Research Intern at Gallery 1C03 (Winnipeg, starts May 20, $15.14/hr)

Curatorial Assistant in Copyright Research, Photography, and Art Museum Tours at the RiverBrink Art Museum (Queenston, ON, June 3 – September 1, $12/hr)

Visitor Services Offer at the Museum of Inuit Art (Toronto, 16 weeks, $11/hr)

Student Archival Project Assistant at the McGill University Music Library (Montreal, May 5 – August 1, $12.36/hr)

Student Assistant at the Canadian Architecture Collection at the McGill University Library (Montreal, 13 weeks, $12.36/hr)

Gallery and Events Assistant at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery (Cape Breton, June 16 – August 29, $11.50/hr)



* Faults: Low pay, short contracts, administrative difficulties for participating institutions, and plenty of restrictions on eligibility for both institutions and participants.

The restrictions for the summer-jobs program are here: be under 30 years of age, be in between full-time post-secondary semesters. Here’s the master-list of job postings, if you’d like to search by location (there are many other curatorial positions in museums and archives, if you’re okay with a history/anthropology focus).

Alternatively, the Internships for Graduates program restrictions are here: be under 30, have graduated within the last 24 months, and be otherwise unemployed or underemployed. And here are the job-postings for this qualification: many start later in the year, if you’re like me and don’t plan to graduate until August.

Project Librarian – The New Gallery, Calgary, AB, CANADA

Deadline: April 27, 2008
Start Date: May 15, 2008
End Date: September 4, 2008
30 Hours a week
Position generously funding by STEP

TNG MANDATE: The New Gallery, an artist-run-centre, is a non-profit charitable society established in 1975. It is committed to providing a forum for a wide spectrum of critical discourse and multi-disciplinary practices within the contemporary visual arts. The New Gallery fosters the growth of the arts community, and the community at large, through the creation of local, national and international networks of understanding, collaboration and cooperation.

A priority of TNG has been the presentation and accessibility of the Gallery’s 30 plus year history through its extensive archive as a Resource Centre. Space constraints in the gallery’s new location have prevented TNG from housing the archives on-site. In order to continue to foster critical discourse and appreciation of contemporary art practices, TNG plans to reopen its Resource Centre in early 2009 to make this unique resource available to researchers. We are seeking a motivated, organized and creative individual to fill the summer contract position of a Project Librarian to assist in board discussions surrounding potential locations, in addition to planning, organizing and digitizing our archives.

Job Summary: The Project Librarian is responsible for the continued development and management of the collections of visual materials for The New Gallery’s Resource Room. He/She is to oversee a program to barcode the collection and for the full implementation of a digital image databases.

Essential Functions:
1. Develop policies and long-range planning for the collections, facilities, and services.
2. Organize, maintain, and expand our growing collection of digital images.
3. Catalog new images – both still and moving – into the collection.
4. Involves selecting and purchasing necessary software/hardware and project management.
5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:
• Familiarity with digital resource management software, and cataloguing digital imagery.
• Expertise with archives management, art/metadata standards and practices.
• Experience in creating, capturing, and processing images in a variety of digital formats.
• Strong technological skills in both Window and Macintosh environments, and working with design software.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to orient board and staff in the use of the archives and computer applications.
• Ability to manage multiple projects, problem-solve.

To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter in confidence to:
Jessica McCarrel, Administrative Director
The New Gallery
P.O. Box 22451 Bankers Hall RPO
Calgary, AB – T2P 5G7 – CANADA

Or by e-mail to: ATT: Jessica McCarrel, Administrative Director The New Gallery Inquiries: p: 403.233.2399