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Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be received no later than April 6th for full consideration.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Title Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach
Posting Number S00441JP
Department Library
Job Summary

The Bowdoin College Library seeks a creative and experienced leader for the position of Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach. With responsibility for the overall administration and coordination of the Library’s public-facing services, the Associate Librarian will articulate a vision and strategic direction for innovative services in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship; advance the Library’s growing research and instruction program; and engage the campus community in the Library’s events and activities.

The intellectual heart of the Bowdoin campus, the College Library is highly valued for its rich and extensive collections, outstanding staff, and vibrant spaces, including the main library building—which houses the Media Commons and recently-opened Research Lab, focused on supporting student-librarian collaboration—and three specialized branch libraries for music, art, and science. Bowdoin College Library develops its collections cooperatively and strategically with the libraries of Bates and Colby colleges, with which it shares a combined catalog. World-class special collections and a robust suite of ILL and document delivery services further the Library’s mission to support teaching, learning, and the College’s active research environment. A team of librarian liaisons provides specialized reference services, course-related instruction, and individualized consultations through an effective and expanding research and instruction program, and works collaboratively with faculty to support the development of new strategies for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

The Associate Librarian plays a critical role in the mission and work of the Library. The incumbent reports to the Director of the Library and, overseeing a team of 14 staff, including 8 direct reports (6 librarians, 1 administrative, and 1 support staff member), will provide leadership for the Library’s research and instruction program; the Circulation, Reserves, and Interlibrary Loan departments; the Art, Music, and Science branch libraries; and the Media Commons. The Associate Librarian will work closely with colleagues to broaden the Library’s successful information literacy and instruction programs; ensure best practices in access services and develop partnerships to support resource sharing; oversee and expand the Library’s scholarly communication, open access, and institutional repository programs; and build and sustain support services for new and evolving pedagogical and research tools and methods, including multi-media technologies, digital scholarship, and data management. The Librarian will strengthen partnerships with others on campus to support outreach and collaborative programming; provide expertise and leadership in team building, project management, and program and service assessment; and work with the Library Director to plan creatively for the use of library spaces. As a member of the Library’s senior leadership team, the Associate Librarian will participate actively in strategic planning and priority-setting and serve as a member of the Governing Board of the Colby, Bates, Bowdoin Libraries consortium (CBB).

Education/Skills Requirements

Required: A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program. Strong leadership and management skills and a commitment to proactive high-quality library service and program development. Demonstrated understanding of the key issues and current trends in higher education and the liberal arts college environment and the ways in which pedagogical innovations, technology, and scholarly information are impacting library services, collections, and physical spaces. Excellent communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively, and to build strong relationships across and beyond organizational boundaries.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Required: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in an academic library, including supervisory and management experience, and experience related to leading and assessing creative and transformative library services in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship. Demonstrated success in team building and project management. An understanding of best practices and current trends in access services and interlibrary loan and document-delivery platforms. Demonstrated understanding of information literacy best practices, and experience in innovative instruction program design and implementation. Demonstrated understanding of issues surrounding scholarly communication, digital publishing, and open access, and experience developing programming to support faculty. Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.

Preferred: Experience with digital scholarship and the application of digital research tools. Understanding of best practices in user experience design, and experience conducting usability studies. Direct experience managing access services functions.

Standard Work Days and Hours

This is an exempt position requiring time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete job requirements. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Schedules may vary to meet operational needs.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.

The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Shift First Shift
Employment Category Full Time Year Round
FTE 1.00
Benefits Eligible Yes
Pay Type Salaried
Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No
Posting Date 03/06/2018
Applications Accepted Until
Open Until Filled Yes
Type of Posting Internal/External
Special Instructions to Applicants

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be received no later than April 6th for full consideration.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. 

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents