Student Assistant for the BMRC – Documenting Black Chicago

Title: Student Assistant for the BMRC – Documenting Black Chicago
Division / Dept.: Library IT & Digital Scholarship – Black Metropolis Research Assistant
Reports to: BMRC Community Engagement Archivist and Portal Archivist
Work Schedule: 15 hours per week

Student positions at the University of Chicago Library are available only to University of Chicago students.


The student will work on projects related to the BMRC’s grant, “Documenting Black Chicago through Technology, Sustainability and Outreach” funded by the Mellon Foundation. The student will work closely with the BMRC’s Community Engagement Archivist to create a Youth and Student Archiving Resource and with the Portal Archivist to develop digital archival resources that enhance access and engagement with Black historical collections.

Under the direction of the Community Engagement archivist, the student will:

  • Research digital archiving, web and email archiving, student archiving, protest and social justice archiving.
  • Assist with researching youth and student community organizations and members in Chicago for outreach and provision of resources/archival supplies.
  • Meet with Community Engagement Archivist and member institutions/other archivists who have expertise in these areas, when schedules permit.
  • Assist with drafting and editing the Youth and Student Archiving Resource to be added to the BMRC website.
  • Create a brochure, using a template, of this resource to distribute to community members virtually and in-print.

Under the direction of the Portal Archivist, the student will:

  • Help collect new finding aids/collection information from BMRC member organizations for inclusion in the BMRC’s new portal
  • Discover and document digital collections projects, exhibits, and availability of digital materials on BMRC member institution websites
  • Develop ideas for digital exhibits in collaboration with BMRC staff
  • Help gather and organize digital materials to be used in exhibits
  • Help create exhibits and other content for the BMRC website, Portal, and social media around collections


  • Undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Chicago
  • Excellent web research, notetaking and writing skills, required.
  • Ability to balance attention to detail and accuracy with a high level of productivity, required.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others, required.
  • Experience with web browsers, Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and Oxygen or other XML-editing software, preferred.
  • Experience with web content management system or basic media editing, preferred.
  • Experience working in or conducting research in archives, preferred.
  • Experience with community outreach and engagement, preferred.

To Apply :

Interested candidates should apply online via our Library Student Employment Application. This position will remain open until filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact Human Resources at Library HR with their request