Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship was created in September 2014 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre’s (BISC) Field School in the Digital Humanities. In 2017 the assistantship will be open to all interested Queen’s University undergraduates.

The Digital Humanities Assistant will undertake a project under the direction of the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Project details will be determined collaboratively by the student and the Curator of Special Collections, drawn from a list of prioritized projects derived from current holdings which have been targeted as key in the dissemination of collections to a broader audience. She/he will be co-supervised by the Head of Special Collections and Special Collections Librarian.

Through this assistantship students will be introduced to proper techniques for the use of special materials and how digitization can both describe collections and interpret them for researchers. Projects should be geared towards encouraging research and use. Examples of project products include, but are not limited to, interpretive exhibits, visibility on social media platforms, mapping applications, and development of metadata templates. At the conclusion of the assistantship, the student will:

  • Be practiced in analyzing and organizing material for digitization; creating digital images; applying descriptive metadata to digitized material; and providing public access to digital material
  • Be familiar with physical materials that are the sources of digitized images and texts, and understand their organization, handling, conservation and post-digitization disposition with respect to digital projects.
  • Understand the practical implications of digital preservation as these affect their projects
  • Know how to present and/or publish their work in public venues such as “Inquiry@Queen’s”

The Digital Humanities Assistant will report to the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections. She/he will be required to work approximately 10 hours per week however, it is well understood that this position is held by a student and therefore, some shifts may need to be rearranged or canceled to accommodate academic requirements. Regular hours are to be decided and agreed upon at the beginning of each term.

Duration and Remuneration

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship is a paid position ($12.00/hour) with flexible schedule averaging up to 10 hours per week during the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 academic terms.

Eligibility

Only registered Queen’s University undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in digital humanities or digital preservation, present a solid record of academic achievement, and must register an interest in research through the application statement.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a résumé and statement (max 1,000 words) outlining the skills or talents the candidate would bring to the department, especially any skills or background external that might be of use in a digital project (i.e.. software or online application competencies, facility in coding or programming, etc.). The statement should also indicate how this position will help forward the candidate’s academic or professional aspirations. Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s academic and career aspirations should also be submitted. Please send all materials to jordan.library@queensu.ca.

 

Past Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistants

Kelsey Jennings (2016-2017)

For her project, Kelsey Jennings digitized our Architectural Guidebooks collection which are now available on an Omeka site. She not only digitized each guidebook, but also mapped their locations. Her research led her to curate a virtual exhibit, Then & Now, that compares our contemporary collection of guidebooks with fascinating books of antiquities found within the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection. Kelsey completed the assistantship as a third year undergraduate student in Global Development Studies at Queen's University. She worked as a research assistant at BISC digitizing 19th-century periodicals Tit-Bits and The Strand in 2016.

Jenna Mlynaryk (2015-2016)

For her project, Jenna Mlynaryk digitized our Young Ladies’ Journal supplements which are now available through QSpace. Her research and digitization work culminated in the virtual exhibit, The Young Ladies’ Journal. Jenna completed the assistantship as a third year undergraduate student in English Language & Literature at Queen’s University. Her interests include Digital Humanities, cultural geography, pedagogy in elementary education, and music. She studied at the DH Field School at the BISC in 2015.

Tiffany Chan (2014-2015)

For her project, Tiffany Chan digitized our stereo card collection which are now available through QSpace. Her research and digitization work culminated in the virtual exhibit, Stereoscopic Views. Tiffany completed the assistantship as a fourth year undergraduate student in English Language & Literature at Queen’s University. Her interests (scholarly or otherwise) include Digital Humanities, 19th-century studies, multi-modal storytelling, and video games. She studied at the DH Field School at the BISC in 2014. Tiffany is currently pursuing a Masters in English with a focus on Digital Humanities at the University of Victoria.

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