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Jobs (National): Indigenous Theatre Library Collection Manager – Theatre Alberta

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Jobs (National): Indigenous Theatre Library Collection Manager – Theatre Alberta

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Hiring: Indigenous Theatre Library Collection Manager
Limited Term Full-Time Position: ~12 Months
Deadline to Apply: September 5, 2023

Theatre Alberta is a provincial arts service organization and registered charity that serves artists, students, educators, and community and professional theatre companies from across the province. We are dedicated to encouraging the growth of theatre in Alberta by providing an array of programs and services, including operating a Library with more than 24,000 physical titles and online resources.

We require an Indigenous Theatre Library Collection Manager who will be responsible for overseeing the creation of a new collection management policy for Indigenous theatre and performance materials in the Theatre Alberta Library. Work will include:

  • an inventory of the current Indigenous materials within the Theatre Alberta Library collection and their current classifications/records
  • research subject headings, controlled vocabulary, and emerging practices for cataloguing Indigenous performance art used in other libraries
  • curate and coordinate an Indigenous Theatre Advisory Council to guide and consult on policy development, including the preparation of knowledge, data, and research for the Council’s consideration (the Council will consist of five paid members and include asynchronous exchange and in-person or online meetings)
  • draft an Indigenous Theatre Collection Management Policy for performance work from Turtle Island and other parts of the world
  • identification of potential future work, strategies, and research
  • participation in Theatre Alberta’s overall strategic mission and direction


Applicant Qualifications:

  • experience as an Indigenous knowledge and information professional
  • passionate about Indigenous knowledge stewardship and protection, libraries, and theatre
  • comfortable with both self-directed work and collaboration / teamwork
  • effective and compassionate communication skills
  • project management experience will be considered an asset
  • previous experience in the theatre and/or not-for-profit sectors will be considered assets


The Indigenous Theatre Library Collection Manager is designed as a full-time ~12 month term position, with benefits after three months, however we are open to a variety of flexible scheduling and term arrangements that meet an applicant’s personal and professional needs. Due to the nature of Theatre Alberta’s work and programs, some evening/weekend hours and travel may be required. While the Theatre Alberta Library and the majority of the staff team are based in Edmonton, we welcome applications for this position from other locations in Canada. Annual salary range $47,500-$50,000. Start date negotiable.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and detailed statement of interest in your preferred format (written/audio/video), to Keri Mitchell, Executive Director, by September 5, 2023, at keri@theatrealberta.com.

We welcome any/all questions about the role or the application process. If you are an Indigenous person who does not meet all of these criteria and would still make a great Indigenous Theatre Library Collections Manager, we encourage you to apply!

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

In the coming year, Theatre Alberta will start work on a major project in our Library—the Indigenous Theatre Collection. We will hire an Indigenous Theatre Collection Manager (Librarian) and engage an Indigenous Theatre Advisory Council with up to five artists from across the province to develop a new, separate “collection management policy” for Indigenous theatre materials in the Theatre Alberta Library. The new policy will guide the celebration, purchasing, cataloguing, and promotion of plays and theatre reference materials written by Indigenous playwrights, performers, and theatre artists.

The project will be led and managed by Indigenous information professionals and theatre artists who have broad community/cultural knowledge and authority to inspire participation and collaboration.

The Theatre Alberta Library is one of the only remaining independent/public theatre libraries in Canada. We feel it is important that we actively participate in national conversations and local consultations about decolonizing cataloguing*, as well as how we actively make space for past, present, and future manifestations of Indigenous storytelling practices. If the Theatre Alberta Library does not do this work in service of published and unpublished Indigenous theatre, some of these plays and other theatre materials may not benefit from the overall systemic changes to knowledge organization and information retrieval that Indigenous artists and Librarians across Canada are seeking to address.

*Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Recommendation: Decolonize access and classification by addressing the structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism by committing to integrate Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing practice and knowledge management.

This project comprises the initial labour and consultation required to develop new policies for an Indigenous Theatre Collection in the Theatre Alberta Library. In the future, we also hope to develop a dedicated, accessible, and culturally significant physical and online space within the Library to responsibly steward Indigenous materials, and plans to celebrate and promote the Indigenous Theatre Collection provincially and nationally.

Indigenous playwrights and theatre artists interested in being on the project’s Advisory Council can also let us know now, and we’ll be sure you receive that application when it is ready. Email us at library@theatrealberta.com.

Theatre Alberta is grateful for the support of the Edmonton Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Alberta Culture for the Indigenous Theatre Library Collection project, as well as to our Indigenous colleagues across Alberta who have supported and consulted on the project to date.

                               

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