Center for Primary Research and Training Research Opportunities
The UCLA Library created the Center for Primary Research and Training to integrate special collections materials more fully into the teaching and research mission of the university. The center provides a substantive educational experience for graduate students by training them in archival methodology. It was launched with a generous lead gift from the Ahmanson Foundation.
Recognizing that many faculty in the social sciences, humanities, and visual arts want to give their students experience with primary sources and that many graduate students are looking for original subjects for theses and dissertations, the Center pairs students with archives projects that align with their area of expertise. Students have access to materials that others have not yet fully investigated, and their work results in making those materials more accessible to other researchers. They are compensated at a rate competitive with similar on-campus employment options such as teaching and research assistantships.
Spring 2014 Job Announcement: Digital Research Projects and Archival Processing positions
The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) seeks applications from graduate students for positions that will allow students to gain first-hand experience in working with archival resources. CFPRT scholars are required to work 12-19 hours per week and are paid $17.37 per hour.
Application deadline: March 10, 2014
Spring 2014 Job Announcement: Digital Project Assistant and Archival Processing Assistant
The Center for Primary Research and Training is hiring two undergraduate students for the spring 2014 quarter. These positions will allow students to gain first-hand experience working with primary source materials through digital and archival processing projects. No prior experience is necessary, but applicants with a high interest in archives and digital humanities projects are strongly preferred. Applicants should be able to work between 10-19 hours per week between the hours of 9am-5pm. These positions pay $11.98 per hour.
- Position Descriptions (Adobe PDF document)
To be considered for positions, please email a résumé and a brief letter of interest to:
Head, Center for Primary Research and Training
Application deadline: March 10, 2014
Five Short Films about the Center
The UCLA Library has released five short films documenting the history of the Center and highlighting four student projects:
Written, directed, and produced by Erin Flannery, the films have been made possible with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Irving and Jean Stone Endowment, and University Librarian Discretionary Fund.
What the Center Does
- enables students to conduct research using the immensely rich holdings of UCLA Library Special Collections, perhaps relieving them of the financial burden of conducting research elsewhere
- encourages broader and more innovative uses of original sources at UCLA
- encourages feedback from doctoral candidates and their faculty committees that will help the UCLA Library understand how scholarly resources can be developed for optimal use in the future
- promotes special collections as fundamental to UCLA's mission by emphasizing that scholarly research ultimately depends on the availability of primary sources
- enables access to unprocessed or undescribed collections, thus making Library holdings more visible online, following established standards for what constitutes adequate access
- utilizes the energy, ambition, and subject knowledge of UCLA graduate students to fill gaps in expertise on the part of full-time staff, which is particularly important in an era of reduced staffing
- better informs UCLA administrators and faculty as well as members of the wider community about special collections holdings and the obligations and responsibilities an institution assumes when it undertakes stewardship of special collections materials