ALL CBU STUDENTS – Digitization Technician, Beaton Institute


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,

The Beaton Institute is a regional 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.

Position Description:

The Digitization Technician will work with the Archivist and 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, the technician will digitize archival materials from a variety of collections that reflect the cultural diversity of Cape Breton Island and the cultural mosaic of Canada. This digital object and metadata creation project will also target legacy data sets in need of increased access and improved descriptive language. 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 ( The ultimate goal of the project is to increase access to our cultural heritage using digital technologies. This new digital content will be promoted to help inform and help all Canadians in celebrating a shared cultural legacy.

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.

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.

Application Details

Position:           Digitization Technician: Beaton Institute

Duration:           May 22 – August 25, 2017 (14 weeks, 32.5 hours per week)

Rate:                $14.00 per hour

Language Requirement: English

Employer:         Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

Application deadline: 08 May 2017

Contact:   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