The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) seeks applications from graduate students for positions that will allow students to gain first-hand experience in working with archival resources. CFPRT scholars are able to work up to 35 hours per week during the summer quarter, Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm, and are paid $19.54 per hour.
To be considered for positions, please email the application below, in addition to a letter of interest and a CV or résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2018 application has a rolling deadline.
Collection Management Scholar
Under the guidance of Library Special Collections’ Collection Management staff, the Collection Management Scholar will provide support for the LSC Collections Management division by working with the archivists across collection management activities, which may include archival processing, conducting surveys of archival description, data clean up, and research about collection assessments. This individual will learn to apply efficient techniques to process collections; create and assess description against national standards and best practices; and develop work plans to support providing fuller access to LSC collections.
Required skills and knowledge
- Graduate-level coursework in archives.
- Demonstrated interest in collection management and archival description.
- Working familiarity of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel.
- Strong writing and oral communication skills and be highly organized and detail-oriented.
- Ability to work independently, while following established guidelines and procedures, as well as work collaboratively as a team.
- Flexibility in handling assignments and shifting priorities.
Preferred skills and knowledge
- Knowledge of national archival and bibliographic standards, such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
- Demonstrated interest in or experience with collection management systems, including Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, and/or Microsoft Access.
- Experience with OpenRefine.
- Knowledge of project management tools and methods.
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of t he Center for Primary Research and Training, UCLA Library Special Collections hosted a half-day symposium on October 24, 2014. The symposium featured presentations and remarks from nine current and former UCLA graduate students.
To see the schedule and the complete list of speakers, please visit http://cfprt.eventbrite.com.
Five Short Films about the Center
The UCLA Library has released five short films documenting the history of the center and highlighting four student projects:
Written, directed, and produced by Erin Flannery, the films have been made possible with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Irving and Jean Stone Endowment, and University Librarian Discretionary Fund.
What the Center Does
- enables students to conduct research using the immensely rich holdings of UCLA Library Special Collections, perhaps relieving them of the financial burden of conducting research elsewhere
- encourages broader and more innovative uses of original sources at UCLA
- encourages feedback from doctoral candidates and their faculty committees that will help the UCLA Library understand how scholarly resources can be developed for optimal use in the future
- promotes special collections as fundamental to UCLA's mission by emphasizing that scholarly research ultimately depends on the availability of primary sources
- enhances access to collections and backlogs, thus surfacing "hidden collections" and making holdings more visible online, following established standards for what constitutes adequate access
- utilizes the energy, ambition, and subject knowledge of students to fill gaps in expertise on the part of full-time staff, which is particularly important in an era of reduced staffing
- better informs UCLA administrators and faculty as well as members of the wider community about special collections holdings and the obligations and responsibilities an institution assumes when it undertakes stewardship of special collections materials.