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NSCAD Library: JOBS! September 2020

The NSCAD Library is Atlantic Canada’s largest library dedicated to fine arts, craft, and design. It houses an extensive collection of print and media resources, online databases, and special collections to support learning in all subjects taught at NSCAD

Job Opportunities at the NSCAD Library


The NSCAD Library has 2 job postings for qualified applicants.


Library Assistant - Cataloguing

Library Assistant - Archives

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Part-Time Employment Opportunity

Position: Library Assistant - Cataloguing

Availability: September 28 2020- February 5 2021

Hourly wage: $18.00 / hour for 21 hours per week



We are seeking a motivated candidate who is currently enrolled in a graduate or college program in Library and Information Studies to work on a 17-week special cataloguing project. Previous library experience and a background in visual arts, craft or design will be considered an asset. The candidate will assist with a project cataloguing a special collection of books and exhibition catalogues. The candidate must have some experience or training in bibliographic cataloguing practices and must have a demonstrated interest in visual art. The candidate must possess demonstrated skills with database research and the use of spreadsheet applications.



The NSCAD University Library has a rich and varied special collection of artist's books, exhibition catalogues and rare books. Our special collections receive interest and attention from scholars and curators around the world.


The main objective of the project position is to facilitate access and discovery of a specialized collection to NSCAD's immediate community and to the wider scope of art scholars.

Working with the supervising cataloguer, the incumbent will be given an orientation to the Library's cataloguing system and practices.The candidate will create bibliographic records, including description and subject access points.


Orientation and Training:

The successful applicant will receive an orientation to the NSCAD Library's collections, with a focus on the Library's special collections and exhibition catalogues. An overview of the project will be given to the candidate in the first week, including an introduction to the materials to be described. The supervisor will oversee training and use of the cataloguing module of the Library's integrated library system. As NSCAD University is currently operating within Nova Scotia's Public Health guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this job may require remote work. We will do all we can to ensure that the candidate is provided with appropriate computer equipment and software.




The candidate will be supervised by the Director of the Library and the library's Cataloguer.


Please submit a C.V. and letter by September 16 to: Rebecca Young, Director of Library Services,


Position: Library Assistant - Archives

Availability: September 21 2020 – March 19, 2021

(35 hours/week)

Salary: $20.00 per hour + EI + CPP - 7%

The NSCAD University Library is seeking a recent graduate to further expand its archives to include one of our most-consulted collections, the archive of the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. The incumbent intern will be employed to write a finding aid, and to describe and digitize selected documents to add to NSCAD’s Institutional Repository.



The intern will work 35 hours a week to assist with the development of NSCAD Library’s Institutional Repository, a digital collection of the University’s archival and scholarly documents and research output. This project will see the digitization and description of a unique archival collection in order to facilitate research and support scholarly activities, and the creation of finding aids to enable discovery of the archive's contents.

Qualifications: We are seeking a motivated recent graduate, preferably with a fine arts and / or art history background. Previous work experience in a gallery, library, archive or museum setting will be considered an asset. Either an MLIS degree or Library Technician diploma plus relevant experience are required. Knowledge of RAD (Rules for Archival Description) is an asset.


Experience using spreadsheets for data management is required. Must have working experience using visual and audio media technologies, must have demonstrated experience with scanning equipment and software.


The job will require excellent verbal and written communication skills. Social media updates, and a written report are components of the internship.


Orientation and training:

The successful applicant will receive an orientation and introduction to the Library’s staff, and an introduction to the Library’s archives and collections. An overview of the internship’s work plan and background about the NSCAD Press will be given to the student during the initial phase of work. The Systems Librarian and Director of the Library will provide an overview of archival practices, and will provide digitization instruction, and give a technical overview of the institutional repository. The intern will be encouraged to seek and strengthen connections within relevant professional associations.



The successful applicant will be supervised by Director of Library Services, and will be assigned a workstation in the Library’s Visual Resources Collection. The supervisor is readily available to answer questions and provide any direction necessary for tasks already outlined. As NSCAD University is currently operating within Nova Scotia's Public Health guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this job may require remote work. We will do all we can to ensure that the candidate is provided with appropriate computer equipment and software.


Please send a letter of application outlining your interest in this position, and a current resume in PDF format to: by September 16, 2020