The Digital Scanner will operate a "Scribe" digitization machine that takes digital photos of books from various collections and displays them online for universal access.


The Internet Archive Canada is a non-profit organization working with 80+ world-class universities and libraries to create the world's largest digital open library. We partner with institutions (in this case, University of Alberta) to digitize and share unique collections of bound materials.


Gain experience in the following fields of endeavor: building an open source digital library, digital photography and digital scanning software, preservation and handling of special collections, presentation and production of digital books.


Responsibilities and Duties


We are looking for Digital Scanners who are patient, conscientious, detail-oriented and who have the ability to work independently in a pleasant, low-stress work environment.


  • Digitally scan images of pages in books and manuscripts using established processes and procedures.

  • Ability to assess image quality and determine if a page has been skipped.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and if that fails, to communicate with others about problems or solutions.

  • Working knowledge of computers, e-mail, and spreadsheets - strong technical skills are preferred.

  • Must be able to lift and move stacks of books (5-15 lbs. each) short distances, sit at a Scribe station, and use a foot pedal to raise and lower a glass platen.

  • A high tolerance for repetitive tasks and expert attention to detail is necessary.

  • Knowledge of library cataloguing preferred.

  • A love of books is a plus!


Physical/Special Requirements


Walking: Ability to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, to pick up materials to scan.

Lifting: Ability to raise and lower objects horizontally from position to position and lift up to 25 pounds safely.

Pushing/Pulling: Ability to use upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug carts in a sustained push or pull motion.

Seeing: Required to have close visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of scanning activity.

Sitting: Works at a computer 100% of the time. Must be able to sit at a scanning device for full shift length.

Scanning: Ability to use legs to push foot pedal, use hands and arms to raise and lower glass platen and to use eyes to see materials being scanned.


Cognitive Considerations


  • Must have the ability to read, write in English and organize materials.

  • Must be able to relate to other people in a professional manner.

  • Ability to remain focused despite internal and external distractions.

  • Must exhibit good safety awareness and judgment.


This is a full time hourly position.  Must have availability 8:00am - 4pm Monday to Friday to work at the North or South campus of University of Alberta.


Please include a CV and cover letter. Tell us about why you would like to join our team and what aspects of your work experience you think will be an asset to the project. We are grateful to all applicants but may only respond to those inquiries we would like to proceed with.


At Internet Archive Canada, employee health and safety is our top priority. We have implemented processes and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our offices. As we are working on the University of Alberta campus, all staff are required to meet the University’s Safety Measures General Directives that are updated periodically.


Internet Archive Canada is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and perspectives to apply.