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Vaughan Memorial Library & Esther Clark Wright Archives

Archivist (Archivist I, II, or III)

Full-time 5-month Contractually Limited Term (CLT) Appointment

(January 15-June 15, 2024)

Acadia University and the Library & Archives acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw Nation. This land is governed by the treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed by the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkatiyik, and the British Crown in 1726. These treaties did not implicate or affirm the surrender or transfer of land to the British, but recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey title and set the rules for what was to be a long-standing relationship between nations. As an educational institution, we are continually learning more about how we can deeply engage and move forward the work of truth, reconciliation, and equity. As faculty, staff, and students, we are grateful to live and work in Mi’kma’ki. We recognize that without action, an acknowledgment is empty. It marks the beginning of the work ahead of us, not the end.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that considers an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact Erin Patterson, Head of Research Services, at

About Acadia University: Acadia University is recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions, offering a liberal arts education unique among post-secondary institutions. Academic innovation and a technology-rich teaching and learning environment have garnered the university a reputation for excellence. Our progressive workplace is located only one hour from Halifax in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley.

As outlined in the 16th Collective Agreement between the Faculty Association and the Board of Governors, faculty receive a range of benefits including a defined benefit pension plan, yearly professional development funds, dental/vision insurance, health insurance to complement the public system, and internal research funding opportunities. The salary range is $67,142-$113,312 per annum, pro-rated to $27,976-$47,213 for five months.

About the Library & Archives: Located at the heart of the campus, the Library & Archives is the research centre for students and faculty and is committed to providing the highest standard of programs, services, and resources in support of learning, teaching, research and scholarly communication. The Library & Archives supports the University’s teaching and research programs in the Faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Professional Studies, and Theology. The Esther Clark Wright Archives opened in 1989 and holds university records, Acadia theses, Annapolis Valley records, and the Atlantic Baptist Archives. Acadia’s Special Collections and archival holdings are heavily used by Acadia students and faculty and by researchers from around the world.

The Esther Clark Wright Archives is seeking an Archivist to provide information services and perform collections work during the permanent Archivist’s sabbatical leave. Information services are provided by e-mail, by telephone, and in person at the Kirkconnell Room reference desk. Collections work includes acquiring archival material received at the Kirkconnell Room reference desk, processing archival fonds, and advising on digital content.

Archivists at Acadia are primarily responsible for mobilizing knowledge through the preservation of archival records, the provision of access to those records, teaching information literacy, delivering information services, and managing the development of the archival collection. As faculty members, archivists are expected to participate in scholarly activities (e.g. research, conferences) as well as service to the university and the profession.

Academic Qualifications:

·      Master’s Degree in Archival Science and/or Library, Information from a school accredited by the American Library Association (or equivalent accrediting body) OR an equivalent relevant degree. Students currently enrolled in a relevant degree program who will have fully completed the requirements of their program for graduation on or before December 31, 2023 are considered eligible to apply.

Required Qualifications:

·      knowledge of standards for archival description

·      demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others

·      ability to engage professionally with students, staff, faculty, senior administrators, external researchers, and members of the general public

Desired Qualifications:

·      work experience in archives

·      knowledge of Atlantic Baptist history

·      knowledge of Annapolis Valley history

·      familiarity with Islandora

How to Apply: Candidates are asked to submit their application in a single PDF document to Receipt of the application will be acknowledged via email. Applications should include the following:

·      cover letter addressed to Erin Patterson, Head of Research Services;

·      current curriculum vitae;

·      names and email/phone contact information of three references (to be contacted if short-listed).

Acadia University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents shall be given priority. The University encourages applications from Indigenous people; African Canadians; African Nova Scotians; persons with disabilities; visible minorities; women; persons of any minority sexuality, gender identity or gender expression; and all intersections of these identities. Acadia embraces the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental in creating an expansive academic environment and champions diverse knowledge systems as pillars of academic excellence.

All applicants are required to submit an online Employment Equity Self-Identification Form as part of their application package. The form provides the option of self-identifying based on the applicant’s comfort level. Failure to complete the form by the closing date will result in the disqualification of your application.

Closing Date: Monday, September 25, 2023 at 5pm ADT

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