LIBR/ARST 596 – University of British Columbia Library, Digital Initiatives

University of British Columbia Library, Digital Initiatives

1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Name: Larissa Ringham

Purpose of the project:
The UBC Library uses the Archive-it subscription service from the Internet Archive in order to support collecting, preserving, and providing access to our institutional web content, and at-risk sites.

This project will allow interested students to contribute to the development of the Library’s collections pertaining to wildfires in the province and the upcoming 2024 provincial elections, while developing their knowledge of web archiving standards and practices.

Summary of activities required to carry out the project:

While the exact activities of the project will depend on the strengths and interests on the student, as well as the needs of the project, activities will include:

  • Review and complete the self-directed training modules on web archiving developed by the UBC Library and Archive-it.
  • Identify and evaluate relevant web content for the collections, including social media accounts, candidate and party platform websites, government information, local emergency response information, etc.
  • Using Archive-it, perform the technical processes to capture the websites and manage quality assurance workflows.
  • Develop metadata for the collections.

Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:

At the end of the project, the student should have attained knowledge in web archiving standards and practices, and contributed to the development of the web archiving collections as agreed to by the student and supervisor.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised:

  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)

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

August 31, 2024

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

Completion of the LIBR or ARST core courses.


Any of the following:

  • ARST 555 The Preservation of Digital Records
  • ARST 556M Digital Libraries
  • ARST/LIBR 587 Preservation
  • LIBR 539J Data Sources in the Public Domain
  • LIBR 561 Information Policy
  • LIBR 574 Project Management in Information Organizations
  • LIBR 575 Academic Libraries

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.