Research Assistants (BA) for SpokenWeb-affiliated Project — Jan 31, 2022


This position is for a SpokenWeb-affiliated project entitled “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive.”

While this project is different from the official SpokenWeb project, Research Assistants will have the possibility of participating in SpokenWeb programming and related activities.

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The SSHRC Insight Development research project “Mapping Social Bibliography in the Fred Wah Digital Archive,” led by Principal Investigator Dr. Deanna Fong (Department of English), is seeking two candidates to enter metadata about the social roles of literary production—the “who” of making books and texts—into a bibliographic database. The candidates will ideally be BA students in English, History, or Communications (or a related field).

We are looking for candidates with strong attention to detail and an interest in literature—especially contemporary Canadian. Experience or training in Library and Information sciences is an asset, but not a requirement.

The work will be well suited for someone who feels comfortable working independently, and who enjoys connecting virtually with an interdisciplinary team, while receiving guidance and mentorship from the PI and MA project manager.

How Will the Candidate Benefit from this Opportunity?

This project will offer the Research Assistants the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of scholars and designers. They will develop the necessary skills to participate in other necessary research projects inside and outside of the university, with a specific focus on Digital Humanities initiatives. The candidates will also be invited to either co-write or develop their own presentation for an undergraduate symposium or relevant conference in the field.

Description of Job Duties

Primary responsibilities of the position may include the following:

  • Entering data into the bibliographic database under the direction of the PI and the MA project manager
  • Offering feedback on the back-end of the site so that we may optimize the design for the data-entry interface
  • Generating research questions based on observable trends in the data
  • Writing ongoing informal documentation of the research and work toward developing public-facing presentation (i.e. conference paper, scholarly article), if desired.

Salary & Eligibility

Position open to any student in good standing. Rate to be determined by the Collective Agreement for up to 10 hours per week until August 31, 2022 (34 weeks).



How to Apply

Send a statement of interest, including information about relevant experience, and a resume to: Dr. Deanna Fong at deanna.fong@concordia.ca. We look forward to receiving your applications!

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