CBU WORK STUDY BURSARY PROGRAM – Social Media/Digitization Assistant: Beaton Institute – 2016F006


Job/Project Description:  Social Media/Digitization Assistant

Social media has become increasingly important for the archive and its goal to increase access to content as well as a means to engage researchers.  Beyond promotion of the archives collections, the Beaton Institute uses social media to connect and promote CBU events and faculty research projects. Community partnerships are also celebrated and promoted using social media. However, the sourcing of content and aligning the calendar with relevant events can be time consuming. Digitization and content description as well as determining copyright can be challenging. A student would be able to research and source archival content for inclusion on social media, become experienced in using social media scheduling software such as HootSuite and learn more about public relations in a professional setting.  The content would all be added to the digital archives: http://beatoninstitute.com for increased access as well.

This is an extremely valuable opportunity for students to gain experience researching and handling primary source materials. As well, the position would appeal to a number of students such as those in Communications, Community Studies as well as the Shannon School of Business who may have an interest in communications and marketing. However, history students and others would certainly also find the experience valuable.


  • Student with some basic research experience
  • Student with excellent writing ability and organizational skills
  • Student with demonstrated computer skills  such as navigating spreadsheets, data entry , word processing, and using social media personally.
  • Student must be detail oriented and comfortable completing repetitive tasks.



  • Review Beaton Institute social media policy
  • Select and review primary source materials for inclusion on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Become aware of research programming at CBU as well as important and relevant community events
  • Learn to use Hootsuite for scheduling content
  • Scan content for upload to the Beaton Institute Digital Archives: http://beatoninstitute.com
  • Provide archival descriptions for content placed on the digital archives
  • Re-house archival materials as needed

Application Details

Start Date:  September 19

End Date:  April 2017

Hours:  All positions are part-time, hours TBD

Only eligible students can apply to a CBU Work Study Bursary position.  If eligible send resume, cover letter and an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program to:  awards@cbu.ca     Submissions that do not include an application to the CBU Work Study Bursary Program will not be considered.  All applications must also reference the above Job Number.

To determine eligibility and to complete an application go to: http://www.cbu.ca/come-to-cbu/tuition-finances/scholarships-bursaries/work-study-bursary-program/