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 Toronto) 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.

  • 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 9:00am - 5pm Monday to Friday to work at Robarts Library on University of Toronto’s downtown campus.


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 Toronto campus, all staff are required to meet the University's safety guidelines that are updated periodically and can be found at https://ehs.utoronto.ca/covid-19-information/.