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The Calgary Public Library represents unlimited possibilities and inspires people of all ages to wonder, seek, discover, and share. Calgary’s 21 libraries are community hubs that ignite learning, discussion, innovation, and action and our patrons are curious, creative, and resilient. This is accomplished through the Library’s commitment to empowering community by connecting you to ideas and experiences, inspiration, and insight.
The Calgary Public Library invites applications for the position of Storyteller in Residence. The Storyteller in Residence works with the Library to create collaborative and inclusive environments where all community members are welcome to participate and connect through storytelling. This position allows our diverse community of Library members to experience the power of storytelling and feel inspired to learn how to share their own stories.
The program is a 10-week community engagement residency that supports emerging and established storytellers working in any genre or format.
The Storyteller in Residence provides services including free professional advice on storytelling for interested Calgarians. The Resident also promotes public awareness and enjoyment of storytelling and oral traditions.
The Resident has access to a designated office in the Central Library and will engage with the public through online and in-person programs such as one-on-one consultations, workshops, school group tours, and live performances.
The successful candidate has a demonstrated passion for storytelling which they are eager to share, and an ability to work with and inspire people of all ages. This includes storytellers across mediums and practices, particularly spoken word. The successful candidate will have:
Professional success as a storyteller
Experience in teaching diverse audiences, and mentorship expertise in various literary genres, as well as fostering oral tradition skills
The Storyteller in Residence will:
The Storyteller in Residence honorarium is $50.00 per hour to a maximum of 160 hours per residency. This amount includes offsite preparation time and onsite program delivery time, including consultations.
Applicants will be evaluated based on inclusion of the following:
If you have questions about the above requirements, contact firstname.lastname@example.org The successful candidate will be selected by a committee of Calgary Public Library representatives and a community representative. All applicants will be notified once the committee has made its selection at the end of April. The successful candidate will be notified, but their name will not be announced until the residency has been secured.
Please submit applications to:
Service Design: Storyteller in Residence Program
Central Library, 800 3 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2E7
Or electronically to Design@calgarylibrary.ca