Metadata Archivist

Job identification

Job title
   Metadata Archivist
   Archivist, Digital Archives
   Temporary, full time (35hrs/week)
   1 year
Posting period
   6 to 29 September 2017
Job entry
   October 2017

Job summary

The responsibilities of this position are implementing a metadata cleanup project for archival and object records in The Museum System (TMS), and assisting in the planning of a potential migration of archival data from TMS into a dedicated archival management system. Metadata cleanup will occur directly in TMS, as well as through SQL batch changes that the Metadata Archivist will coordinate with CCA Programmers. The Metadata Archivist will both develop and implement project plans to address inconsistencies, missing data and other issues in the CCA’s archival and collection data.

This is a one-year project position.

Key responsabilities

• Works with the CCA’s archivists and Head, Media to identify and implement discrete metadata cleanup projects in TMS
• Proposes and implements solutions to consistency issues and other metadata problems in TMS
• Coordinates SQL batch changes of metadata with IT

• Evaluates feasibility and technical details of a proposed migration of archival metadata from TMS to a dedicated archival management system
• Participates in discussions with the Web team on improving metadata for access purposes

Required qualifications

• Education: Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS)
• Number of years of relevant work experience: 1 to 3 years
• Knowledge of archival description and encoding standards, such as ISAD(G), RAD, and EAD
• Knowledge of non-archival metadata standards, such as METS, MODS, CDWA, and similar


• Ability to work effectively in French and English, spoken and written
• Knowledge of relevant controlled vocabularies, including LC Authorities, Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), and Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
• Close attention to detail
• Experience or familiarity with The Museum System (TMS), an asset
• Experience or familiarity with archival management systems, such as Access to Memory (AtoM) and ArchivesSpace, an asset

• Experience programmatically altering data with SQL or working with IT staff to do so, an asset
• Experience with Extract-Transform-Load data cleanup methodologies and related tools, such as Open Refine, an asset
• Experience working on a metadata cleanup projects and/or on migration project in an archival repository, an asset

Please submit your application by email rh@cca.qc.ca by 29 September 2017, to the attention of Human Resources of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, located at 1920 Baile Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call.

The CCA is an equal opportunity employer


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