Project Archivist


Title: Stòras Gàidhlig Ceap Breatainn Project Archivist

Employer: Beaton Institute Cape Breton University

Dates: 20 weeks (700 hours) which must conclude by March 31, 2018; may be fulfilled through full-time or part-time work schedule

Salary: $18.00 per hour


Stòras Gàidhlig Ceap Breatainn Project, marking the 60th anniversary and founding mandate of the Beaton Institute Archives and work of Sister Margaret Beaton, aims to increase and improve the description and access of archival records created by and/or about the Gaels of Nova Scotia within the holdings of the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University.


The Project Archivist will complete an assessment of the archival holdings, identifying hidden or unprocessed Gaelic collections, complete arrangements and descriptions, improve quality control of legacy data, conduct data entry into AtoM and keyword tagging, and consult with partners and culture bearers as appropriate. A digital resource will be developed through the Beaton Institute Digital Archives ( MemoryNS ( ) and will provide access to archival records that map the music, language, and cultural traditions of Gaelic culture from the eighteenth century to the present.

The Gaelic collections of the Beaton Institute include books of poetry and prose, original manuscripts and limited publications such as plays, sound and moving images, oral histories, graphic material and cartographic items, a small reference library, and a complete file of the Gaelic newspaper MacTalla, published for many years in Cape Breton. Of special significance is the wealth of material relating to Cape Breton social and cultural life and folklore – ceilidhs, songs and ballads, weddings, funerals, milling frolics storytelling, sgeulachdan, and more. This archival material will include arrangement and description for unprocessed and/or inaccessible collections; digitized content will be created where possible and uploaded as digital objects to AtoM.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be considered:

  1. Educational and/or work experience in either archival/museum studies or library and information studies, cultural studies, history or other related field.
  2. Able to work with Gaelic language materials – read, write and converse in Gaelic;
  3. Experience with computer applications (word processing, database, spreadsheet, etc.) and systems (both personal computer and network); experience with AtoM is considered an asset;
  4. Experience with data entry;
  5. Knowledge of current theory and practice relating to archival principles and practice, knowledge of the Rules for Archival Description (RAD) considered an asset;
  6. High level of attention to detail and accuracy;
  7. Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally (Gaelic and English);
  8. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

Employer Information:

The Beaton Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Cape Breton Island. The archive is also the official repository for the historically significant records of Cape Breton University. The Beaton Institute provides access to its holdings through adherence to recognized standards and best practices in the arrangement and description of archival materials, the development of research tools and digital content, and the provision of quality reference and reproduction services. The Beaton Institute promotes inquiry through innovative public programming and community based initiatives and is a centre for local, national, and global research.

For additional information and submission of cover letters and resumes, please contact:

Catherine Arseneau, Director of Cultural Resources

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS   B1P 6L2


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS:     4:00 pm 20 October 2017

This project is made possible through the funding of the NS Provincial Archival Development Program.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.