LIBR 596 – Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) (2)


Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA)

Victoria, BC (Professional Experience will be remote)

Application deadline
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis

Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Alexandra Wieland

Purpose of the project
The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Professional Experience is focused on updates and refinement to FIPA’s Transparency Spotlight resource. This includes:

  • Applying a defined methodology to execute external scans of using a content aggregation system.
  • Ensuring the online resource is updated at regular intervals. This may include analyzing, summarizing, and extracting key information from identified news stories.
  • Ensuring relevant Canadian Press Command News articles are presented on FIPA’s News Feed.
  • Monitor the news media landscape as it relates to potential sources for Transparency Spotlight
  • Execute assessments of journalism using a combination of internal and external metrics and standards
  • Assess the project for improvements in methodology or execution
  • Taxonomy refinement
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The project will be distributed over 120 hours in a given term (roughly 10 hours a week)
  • Weekly supervision will be provided by the Executive Director of FIPA.
  • Regular meeting opportunities are available with FIPA Board members who are accredited professional librarians, archivists, and information management specialists.
  • Hours can be flexible and agreed upon commencement. Commitment to the student selection of hours is critical. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
  • There is an opportunity for continuing education through IAPP (CIPP-C, CIPP-E and CIPM training modules), InfoGovANZ (workshops), and other professional associations.
  • Students need to have reliable internet.
  • Students must be able to keep sensitive business financial information confidential.
  • Experience using Microsoft Suite – Word, Teams, SharePoint, WordPress, etc.
  • Familiarity with ProQuest, Feedly and Command News or similar programs is a benefit.

Summary of activities required to carry out the project

  • Monitoring FOI/ATI News Stories
  • News/Journalism Analysis + Assessment
  • Resource Maintenance
  • Source Discovery
  • Information Collection and Representation

Expectations of the end result of the project for both host and student
For the Host

  • Regularly updated and more populated Transparency Spotlight
  • Feedback on quality of methodology and execution

For the Student

  • Understanding of external scans with applied search methodologies
  • Management for a small non-profit
  • Management of an open-source collection resource
  • Experience working with Proquest, Feedly, and Command News, information capture, and indexing research methods
  • Writing and updating Transparency Spotlight workflows and policies as necessary

Time periods in which the project could be supervised

  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session Term 2 (July – August)

Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?

Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as a pre-requisite or co-requisite

  • Completion of the Library Core course

Preferred, but not required:

  • LIBR 510 – Taxonomies: Research and Evaluation
  • LIBR 580 Collection Management
  • ARST 565 – Administering Records Under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation
  • LIBR 581 – Digital Libraries