Student Employment – Digitization Technician


Duration:             May 16 – August 19, 2016 (14 weeks, 32.5 hours per week)

Rate:                     $14.00 per hour

Language Requirement:               English

Employer:           Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

Candidate must meet the Young Canada Works Program criteria (under the age of 30 and returning to full-time studies) and be registered with YCW,

Position Description:

The Digitization Technician will work with the Digital Archivist to select, scan, apply metadata, and upload archival content to the Beaton Institute Digital Archives. Using a selection criteria developed by Beaton Institute staff and steering committee, the technician will source and digitize archival materials from a variety of collections that reflect the lives of 150 exceptional Cape Bretoners who lived during the Canada150 commemorative period (1867 to 2017). This digital object and metadata creation will be foundational for a large digital and mobile museum project proposed for various communities across Cape Breton during the Canada150 celebrations.

The Digitization Technician will digitize and describe primary source documents according to national standards and best practices. They will create and upload descriptive metadata and digital content for inclusion on the Beaton Institute Digital Archives ( They will assist with reference duties and therefore keep regularly scheduled hours and help users with their research inquiries.

Minimum/Essential Qualifications Needed to Perform Job:  Ability to work according to an established schedule, computer skills, attention to detail, ability to work without close supervision, organizational skills, ability to lift and move heavy boxes, ability to work with the public, understanding of historical research methods and approaches, ability to solve problems.

Preferred Qualifications:  Interest in historical methods, research, archival or museum studies.

Please forward resume and cover letter, by 29 April 2016, to:

Catherine Arseneau, Director of Cultural Resources
Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University
P.O. Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
Tel: (902) 563-1326