OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career academic professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. OpenCon 2018 will be held on November 2-4 in Toronto, Canada. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon 2018 is by application only.
The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2018 extend far beyond attending the Toronto meeting. It’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.
Complete and submit the application form by August 1, 2018 to apply for the Simon Fraser University Library travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2018. Simon Fraser University graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply through this form. The Simon Fraser University Library will decide which applicant will receive the scholarship, and applicants will be notified by August 31, 2018.
**please note: the SFU Library scholarship includes registration to OpenCon. The scholarship is not restricted to those already accepted to attend.**
The Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) invites applications for the DH Fellow program for the Fall 2018 semester. DH Fellows are graduate student positions that support the research, training, and outreach mandates of the DHIL.
Working in collaboration with the DHIL planning committee, the DH Fellow will contribute to the technical development of lab-associated digital research projects, provide training on digital tools via workshops and consultations, and participate in lab hosted events and programming.
Raincoast Books, based in Richmond, B.C., is seeking a Publicity Assistant to start immediately. We are looking for a motivated and organized professional who has excellent communication and technical skills to work in our Richmond office.
Our publicity assistant supports the work of our three publicists and our freelance publicists outside the company. The successful candidate’s tasks will include:
organize media mailings and compile campaign results
monitor bestseller lists
maintain departmental databases
organize blog tours
send out excerpt materials
coordinate award submissions
create online newsletters
The successful candidate will possess:
superior writing and copyediting skills
proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite tools
a minimum of two years of relevant media, marketing, publishing or senior book retailing experience
The following technical skills will be an asset:
an interest in Young Adult and Children’s publishing
a basic proficiency in HTML
experience with MailChimp
Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by February 2 to:
We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls or agencies, please.
Additional: Funding for relocation will not be provided.
Geographically Restricted: Funding for relocation will not be provided.
BC Pension Corporation is one of the largest professional pension services organizations in Canada. Doing meaningful work and with a challenging mandate, we provide comprehensive pension services to five BC public sector pension plans. In addition, the corporation is executing on a forward-thinking, transformational strategy that will change the way we serve plan members and employers. Our strategic plan, From 12 to 21, is an ambitious program of business transformation that supports high service levels and cost-effective delivery through better use of technology, improved business process and continued attention to staff training and development. It’s the ideal setting for a consultative team player who thrives in a collegial, results-oriented client service delivery environment.
Reporting to the Manager, Communications, the Copy Editor edits and proofs communication products to ensure clarity and standardization. Communication products can be complex, controversial and sensitive in nature. The potential for content to be miscommunicated may have a negative impact on the Pension Corporation and exacerbate sensitive circumstances and cause embarrassment to the Corporation. The Copy Editor provides feedback to the writer on all aspects of the written product. The position must establish strong relationships with all levels of staff across the Corporation.
Diploma in a related field such as communications or journalism or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience.
A minimum of two years’ editing and proof reading or related experience which encompasses multiple communication channels and products suitable for the level of the position.
Experience using computer applications including MS Office, Excel, Outlook, Adobe and in internet researching.
Experience with the Chicago Manual of Style.
Your resume must provide detailed information about your education and employment history in order to clearly demonstrate how you meet the required job qualifications as listed in the selection criteria above. Please ensure your resume includes the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history as well as the job related responsibilities.
Lesser qualified applicants may be appointed at a lower level. An eligibility list may be established. Testing may be required.
Only applicants selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted to move to the next stage (at-home written assessment and/or an interview). All candidates are notified of the outcome of the competition once it has been completed.
In addition to coursework and a final project report, the Master of Publishing Program also includes one four-month professional placement, which can be completed anywhere.
Students take the lead in arranging their own professional placement (with the support of the faculty and the industry), with the process beginning as the first semester of school comes to a close. In January and February students begin to finalize the details, and by April most students have their placements arranged. The placements typically run May to August (around 12 weeks). Students enter their placements at a higher level than traditional interns, and have more input in how the placement will work. For example, students are encouraged to brainstorm challenges in a particular area of publishing they are interested in and then present solution-based proposals.
Professional placements are arranged in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Publishing, who help students determine what their goals and aims are and then suggest professional placements that may be a good fit or industry professionals they should connect with.
So what steps do you take to find a placement?
Determine your interests. What type of publishing are you drawn to? The list of areas to explore is very long—starting with book publishing in the first semester and ending with magazine publishing in the second semester. Be open to plans changing and to new ideas coming your way.
Connect with guest lecturers. Introduce yourself to them after class, send them a thank you email or tweet, or invite them out for coffee. This is the time to grow your network and connect with many people who will support you throughout your career.
Research different publishers. Check out their websites, go to their events, and and become familiar with the types of books they publish.
Set up informational interviews with publishers that pique your interests. An informational interview is very similar to a regular job interview, except you are the one asking the questions. Call or email publishers you are interested in doing your professional placement with and ask if you could arrange an informational interview to help you get to know more about the company because you are interested in working for them.
You can ask things like:
What kind of work do you usually have students do?
Are there any interesting projects going on that I would be able to be a part of?
What kind of instruction would I receive here?
How many students do you usually have at once?
What is the culture of the workplace like?
Why do you like about working here? Is there anything you don’t like?
What are you able to offer in terms of compensation?
Are there opportunities for employment following my placement?
Is there anything else you think is important for me to know?
Make sure to follow up the interview with a personalized thank you email or card.
Watch the Quill & Quire job board and follow SFU Publishing on Twitter and Facebook for professional placement postings. Some placements are competitive and you will need to apply for them as you would a regular job. Other placements are arranged more casually, but you will still need to send your placement your resume for them to have on file.
Update your resume and cover letter. SFU has Career Education Specialists available at each campus to help one-on-one with resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, networking strategies, and more.
Remember that it is going to be okay. Everyone finds a placement and that faculty are here to support you throughout the process.