Anna Banana Archivist Intern – Young Canada Works Position

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Anna Banana Archivist
Full time/temporary, Young Canada Works

  *   Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (new and recent graduates)
  *   Job title: Anna Banana Archivist
  *   Organization name: RBSC
  *   Job location: Vancouver, British Columbia
  *   Length of assignment: 2022-08-02 to 2022-12-20 (20 weeks)
  *   Hourly wage: $22.67
Rare Books and Special Collections, University of British Columbia Library: Anna Banana Archivist (20-week internship)

Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), at the University of British Columbia Library, houses significant collections of rare books, archival materials, historic maps, photographs, broadsides and pamphlets. RBSC supports primary research by scholars from UBC and around the world and our resources are also used extensively by members of the general public. We support teaching, research and learning across the UBC campus by working closely with a number of faculties on creating an acquisition program that is world-class and responsive to the need for new research and scholarship.

To join our dynamic team, we have an opening for an Archivist intern to undertake archival work on the extensive fonds of contemporary mail art and performance artist, Anna Banana. This position will allow the intern to gain experience in all core archival functions, including appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, and outreach.

As part of RBSC, the archives and reference assistant/intern will:

* Assess unprocessed records to determine their informational and evidentiary values and make decisions as to what is to be retained and made accessible to researchers (archival appraisal)

* Arrange and describe archival fonds according to Canadian archival descriptive standards (the Rules for Archival Description)

* Physically process archival materials, including implementation of preventative preservation measures and work with the library’s conservator when materials are at risk

* Work with archival description software, AtoM, to enter archival descriptions and name authority information.

The expected archival tasks are high level and complex and are intended to allow the intern to put into practice the theory and methodology introduced in the classroom during their graduate archival programs in a robust archival organization.

The archives and reference assistant/intern is supervised by the RBSC archivist, who has over 23 years’ experience working in diverse archival organizations and extensive experience mentoring and training students and interns. The intern is encouraged to problem solve in consultation with RBSC professional staff and gain confidence in making their own decisions over the course of the internship. To facilitate this, the intern will receive regular positive and constructive feedback on their job performance as required as well as regular meetings with the supervisor to ensure projects are on-track.

One of RBSC’s fundamental goals is to provide primary resources for research to the university community and beyond and to care for the archival materials, maps and rare books in our collection to the highest professional standards. The intern is integral to helping us achieve this goal by making accessible unprocessed materials so they are available to researchers.


Candidates should be recent graduates of a master’s level archival degree program (or an archival concentration in a Library or History graduate program) and enthusiastic about working in an academic library and archival setting.

Previous archival work experience is an asset. Candidates must also meet Young Canada Works eligibility requirements as outlined on the YCW web-site ( YCW eligibility requirements for this position include graduating within 24 months of the position start date, be age 30 years or younger, and eligible to work in Canada.

Specific skills required:

* Confident in the use of the Rules for Archival Description [RAD], the Canadian archival descriptive standard

* Strong attention to detail and the ability to accurately follow instructions, guides and templates

* Strong time management skills and an efficient work ethic

* Basic preservation knowledge for a range of materials, including textual records, audio-visual materials and photographs

* Ability to appraise material for disposition, under guidance of the Archivist

* Ability to learn new technologies and databases such as AtoM descriptive software, or previous experience using AtoM

* Working knowledge of, and experience with, word processing, spreadsheets and databases

At UBC equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Hours of work and availability requirements:

Start: August 02, 2022 (20 weeks. End: Dec 20, 2022. Note: some flexibility in start/end dates.

35 hours/week, M-F

Remuneration: $22.67/hour

How to apply:

Please apply through the Young Canada Works website and/or email resume and cover letter to Krisztina Laszlo ( by 8:00 pm PST on July 8, 2022.
Please ensure you meet YCW eligibility requirements before applying.

  *   are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  *   are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  *   are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  *   are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  *   will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
  *   are unemployed or underemployed;
  *   are a college or university graduate; and
  *   are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program.

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