Project photo cataloguer (remote potential)
With support from the Government of Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program, the Charlotte County Archives, located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, is undertaking a project to enhance physical preservation of and digital access to our collection of photographs. We hold over 20,000 prints and negatives, mostly vernacular, dating from the 1850s to 2000s, comprising more than 750 fonds and collections. Thanks to the dedicated work of community volunteers, the majority already possess individual catalogue records while nearly half are digitized.
The digital arm of the project aims to bring these records and a significant number of the digitized images into a more effective and user-friendly database. At the same time, the physical photographs in our collection, will be assessed for imminent preservation needs, with major issues addressed through improved housing, storage, and labelling. The long-term material preservation of the photographs will thus be further ensured as their digital versions spread interest in and use of their image content.
We are currently hiring for a Project Photo Cataloguer, who will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy, clarity, and presentation of photograph records migrated to the new database as a part of this project. They will review, edit, re-format, and standardize the text of all item records, by reference to established CCA standards. They will also be responsible for formatting image files for web use, including slight image edits where needed (ie, image straightening, rotation, cropping), and uploading to the database. Where possible, they will also work with the Archivist to create basic fonds-level records.
This position can be done remotely. If working remotely, the employee is required to provide their own computer, with internet access. Access to image editing software can be provided by the CCA for the duration of the project, if needed. Regular progress reports via email and periodic meetings via Zoom will be required.
The ideal candidate possesses some experience with cataloging in an archives, museum, or library context. Their educational background covers history, fine arts, cultural heritage, and/or a related field. They are well-organized, with strong skills in time management and an eye for detail. Comfortable using digital tools, they are familiar with the basics of image editing and the use of relational databases. Knowledge of historical photographs is a definite asset.
The contract is for 350 hours, equivalent to 10 weeks full-time (35 hours per week). The hours can be fulfilled part-time, although a minimum of 20 hours per week is needed. Remote or hybrid employees may largely set their own hours of work, although with the expectation of availability for at least 1-2 hours during regular business hours (9-5) on most workdays. The expected start date is early to mid November. The pay is $21/hour.
We encourage the application of individuals who identify as BIPOC, disabled, 2SLGBTQ+, and/or members of any underrepresented communities. We are committed to making any needed accommodations to the fullest extent possible.
All applications should consist of a current resume accompanied by a cover letter expressing the applicant’s specific interest in this job opportunity and the relevance of their past experience. Please send these via email to Archives Manager Anna Krentz at email@example.com by November 8, 2023. Note that the opening will close once a suitable candidate is found.
Very interesting history and beautifully maintained.
A great and informative tour. A must do in St Andrew
Awesome place to go, you'll love the ghost walks of St. Andrews
Love this tour! Very much worth the stop! You might even meet Thomas the ghost!
We loved our tour of the archives. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
I grew up in Saint Andrews and was too busy to notice the history of this fascinating town. Many of the stories being told here are new to me and it is nice to have the background stories available. Thank you for sharing.