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Open: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Closed: Monday, May 06, 2019


Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations - Local History Intern: 16 Week Contract/Full-time – McLaughlin Branch


Under the direction of the Manager of Service Excellence the incumbent will assist with collecting, organizing, preserving and providing online access to a non-circulating collection of resources that document the history of the General Motors Canada Plant in Oshawa. This will include historical documents and photographs depicting the political and social climate of life in a Canadian industrial city in the 20th century. The digitizing of these documents will also capture GM Canada's role in producing tanks during WWII, mechanical advancements, and industrialization. In addition, materials related to the history of Durham Region are maintained in cooperation with other historical, genealogical, archival and library organizations in the area.


Classification:    Local History Intern
Job Type:            Internship
Hourly Rate:       $15.00
Reports to:         Manager, Service Excellence
Hours:                 35 hours per week
Length:               May 13, 2019 – August 30, 2019


General Description of Duties:

  1. Digitize magazines and photographs.
  2. Create 1000 new catalogue records from the uncatalogued items in the Local History Collection.
  3. Ensures the accuracy and integrity of the bibliographic database through quality of record creation.
  4. Assist with collection maintenance.
  5. This position is required to take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances for the protection of health and safety in the workplace.


Skills and Abilities required:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of AACR2, RDA, and create MARC records.
  2. Strong customer service and communication skills.
  3. Advanced computer competency.
  4. Proficient in the use of cataloguing and acquisitions software.
  5. Attention to detail; high degree of accuracy; numeracy, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  6. Strong proficiency in technology (scanning, microfilm readers and electronic database usage).
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  8. Ability to provide courteous, efficient, and effective service to the public.


Eligibility Requirements:

An eligible student currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in History, Masters of Library Studies or Library Technician Diploma or equivalent education with the intent to return to school full-time in the following semester. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada. Strong interest in history, archives, cataloguing, and public service in a public library setting with current experience working in a library or museum will be considered an asset.


About the Program:

In partnership with Canadian Heritage and Young Canada Works this is a summer internship as a Local History Intern at the Oshawa Public Libraries.



Interested applicants are requested to submit a current resume to: quoting job “Local History Intern 2019” only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Oshawa Public Libraries is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Oshawa Public Libraries will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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