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Archivist Consultant, Calgary Public Library This opportunity will remain open until filled.

24 Sep 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Archivist Consultant
Calgary Public Library

Location:  Calgary, Alberta
Compensation:  $50,000+. Will depend on length of contract and commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.

Today, the Calgary Public Library welcomes more than 7.6 million visitors annually through 21 community libraries and supports the lifelong learning needs of everyone who calls Calgary home. The Central Library has become a cornerstone of Calgary's East Village redevelopment, and Calgary Public Library plays a key role in community building for Calgary's growing neighbourhoods. In 2019 the Calgary Public Library unveiled a new four-year strategic plan (which can be found at

Potentials Realized is the unifying vision of this plan, which promotes the values of Inclusion, Curiosity, and Collaboration and strives to improve the quality of life for Library members. Each strategy contains three priorities that shape the Strategic Initiatives for each year of the plan.

The Calgary Public Library Archive

The Calgary Public Library Archive is housed at the Calgary Public Library Operations Centre and runs more than 250 linear feet and includes over 15,000 files. The archive represents the accumulated history of Calgary Public Library since its beginnings in 1912 and include Calgary Public Library board meeting agendas, minutes and activities; agreements, reports and studies related to the Calgary Public Library;  and photographs, ephemera and special event materials. The Archive is stored in chronological order. A database is used for access and inventory.

Description and Duties: The Consultant

We seek an Archivist for a 6 month term (with possible extension in support of program deliverables) to review current procedures and make recommendations for future practice.

The successful candidate will draft new acquisition, preservation, and access guidelines for the Calgary Public Library Archive.

This includes defining what the archive will collect, drafting a disaster plan, establishing description standards, and making written recommendations for preservation, finding aids, and staffing models.


  • Graduate degree in Archival Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience applying archival theory and practice.
  • Experience using database software for the management of collections.
  • Exceptional relationship building skills to successfully liaise with internal stakeholders.
  • Exceptional report writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a digital environment.
  • During Covid19, be able to work independently and follow health and safety policies and protocols.

Application information

If you think you could succeed in the role of Archivist Consultant and help the Library to achieve the goals of the Calgary Public Library Archive review, please send a 1-2 page expression of interest and resume to quoting "Archivist Consultant" in the subject line of your email. We thank all who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Webpage (URL):
Application Deadline: This opportunity will remain open until filled.

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