WORK STUDY: Archival Processing Assistant 2019S10


The successful candidate will work with the Archivist and other staff/students to provide processing assistance for the accumulated backlog of donations currently waiting attention at the archive. The formats can range from large audio-visual collection of traditional music to extensive photograph collections. The processing assistant will help the Archivist to track the records in collections management software, re-house and preserve, arrange and describe content through research and applying descriptive standards. Box inventories will be created along with some digitization as required. The student will provide essential help working on content that has been donated by families and organizations from all over the Island. In some cases, the materials are deteriorating and are time sensitive for successful preservation. As well, much of the content is culturally relevant and significant and includes Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Gaelic materials which needs to be accessible.


  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to track and categorize information
  • Familiarity with data entry and working with databases an asset
  • Knowledge of Cape Breton history an asset
  • Ability to read hand-writing an asset



  • Work with Archivist to catalogue and accession new and existing donations.
  • Create inventories and preliminary accession records for collections.
  • Research collections to inform appraisal reports and descriptive records.
  • Digitize various formats using on-site scanners (photographs, textual materials, maps, etc.)
  • Liaise with other staff and students during larger collaborative projects and assist when needed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student will improve communication and comprehension skills
  • The student will gain knowledge of archival processing techniques and become proficient in research techniques
  • The student will gain technical skills related to digitization procedures, electronic file management and data entry
  • The student will be offered networking opportunities as well as future work possibilities.

30 hours per week for 8 weeks

Application Details

Current Cape Breton University Students who will be returning to studies September 2019 are eligible to apply for the Work Study program.

To apply for this position, please forward cover letter and resume to:

In order to be considered, applications must be submitted separately for each posting and emails must include name of position.