Indigenous Librarian

  • Part Time
  • Anywhere
  • Remote
  • $24.00 – $29.00 per hour
  • Deadline: July 05, 2024
  • July 5, 2024

Canadian Association for the Performing Arts

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts/l'Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) is a national arts service organization supporting the performing arts touring and presenting community. CAPACOA represents 150 professional for-profit and not-for-profit presenters, festivals, presenter networks, artistic companies, agents, managers and other stakeholders working across the presenting and touring sector in Canada. Collectively, our network members represent nearly 2000 professional and volunteer organizations, associations and companies. CAPACOA’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant, healthy and equitable performing arts ecosystem, from artists to audiences.L'Association canadienne des organismes artistiques/Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) est un organisme national de services aux arts qui soutient la tournée et la diffusion des arts de la scène. CAPACOA représente 150 diffuseurs de spectacles, festivals, réseaux de diffusion, compagnies de création, agents, gérants d’artistes et autres intervenants du secteur du spectacle. Ensemble, nos réseaux membres regroupent près de 2 000 organismes, associations et compagnies, à but lucratif et à but non-lucratif. La mission de CAPACOA est de favoriser la vigueur, la santé et l’équité de l’écosystème des arts de la scène depuis les artistes jusqu’aux spectateurs.


Job Description

Overview: The Indigenous Librarian supports CAPACOA, IPAA, the Indigenous Theatre, and the Indigenous performing arts community in documenting and publishing information about Indigenous artists, their works, and the performances in which they are featured, in manners that are respectful of principles of Indigenous data governance.


The following task and responsibilities are currently anticipated:

  • 1 – Building a comprehensive base register of Indigenous artists.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for artists performing at the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre.
    • Contact IPAA members to verify inaccurate or otherwise unexpected data points in IPAA’s member directory (as needed).
    • Regularly upload new IPAA members’ data to Artsdata and to Wikidata.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for any emerging Indigenous artist nominated for or winning an award.
    • Contact Indigenous artists individually to validate their Indigenous identity and confirm they accept to publish this information in open knowledge bases.
    • Document Indigenous artists’ place of birth and place of work, so the data could eventually be mapped to traditional territories.
    • Create bi-directional links between Wikidata, Artsdata and other open knowledge bases.
  • 2 – Documenting the Body of Indigenous Work in the performing arts domain.
    • Create/edit Wikidata items for works (performance works, plays, musical works, etc.) presented by the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre.
    • Provide support to Indigenous artists and companies in the process of releasing production photos under a Creative Commons license.
    • Retrieve the Artsdata ID or mint a new Artsdata ID for each work.
  • 3 – Building a listing of events featuring Indigenous artists and their works.
    • Support Indigenous organizations and other organizations presenting Indigenous artists in the adoption of data practices that make it easier to retrieve and display events featuring Indigenous artists.
    • When Indigenous organizations do not have the capacity to implement data practices, assist them in using Artsdata software to manually populate the event data.
  • 4 – Allyship
    • Explore and develop partnerships with organizations such as the National Alliance for Indigenous Knowledge and Languages, Métamusique, Danse Collection Dance, the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia and university librarians with an interest in the works of Indigenous artists.
    • Collaborate with the National Alliance for Indigenous Knowledge and Languages and the Wikimedia community in improving the representation of Indigenous languages, Peoples and other concepts (bands, reserves, etc.) in Wikidata and in Wikipedias.

This job description is neither a complete nor a definitive statement of responsibilities. The role will be performed following an iterative approach, and responsibilities may consequently evolve over time. We also wish to leave some room for self-determination.

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We are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and respect in employment. We encourage Indigenous persons, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to feel safe to self-identify. For us, there is no such thing as the “ideal” candidate for the job. All persons who are qualified for most of the responsibilities associated with the position will be considered. Please send a resume and a cover letter in either official language to [email protected] with “Indigenous Librarian” in the email subject line. Application deadline: up until the right candidate is found. The position is to start by July 15th at the latest or earlier if the selected candidate is available. While we thank you for your interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.