Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach


The Bowdoin College Library seeks an experienced and creative 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 to advance the Library’s research and instruction program, develop, sustain, and promote innovative services, and expand outreach to the campus community in support of teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
Application Deadline: 
Open until filled.
More Information: 

The intellectual heart of the campus, the Bowdoin College Library comprises Hawthorne-Longfellow (the main library building) and three branch libraries: the William Pierce Art Library, Robert Beckwith Music Library, and Hatch Science Library.  Hawthorne-Longfellow houses humanities and social sciences materials, the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, an array of student study and collaborative spaces, meeting rooms, a student gallery, and the recently-opened Media Commons, which provides audio and video recording and production studios, workstations to support media viewing, capture, and design, and several teaching and screening spaces, including the new Telepresence Classroom.  The Library’s rich and extensive collections are supplemented by the holdings of Colby and Bates Colleges, accessed through CBBcat, the combined catalog of the three libraries, and through a robust suite of ILL and document delivery services.  A team of librarian liaisons provides specialized reference services, course-related instruction, and individualized research consultations through an active and expanding research and instruction program, and works collaboratively with faculty to support the development of new strategies for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Associate Librarian will provide leadership for the Art, Music, and Science branch libraries, the Media Commons, the Library’s research and instruction program and access services departments (Circulation, Reserves, and Interlibrary Loan), and directly supervise 8 staff (6 librarians, 1 administrative, and 1 support staff member).  The Librarian will work closely with colleagues to develop the Library’s 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 program and the Bowdoin Digital Commons; develop services and programming for the Media Commons; 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 build 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).


Required: A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program. Excellent 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 in the liberal arts college environment. Extensive knowledge and understanding of the role of the library on a college campus and ways in which pedagogical innovations, technology, and scholarly information are impacting library services, collections, and physical spaces. Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent analytical, assessment, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively, and to build strong relationships across and beyond organizational boundaries.

Preferred: Budget preparation and financial management experience.

Experience Requirements/Equivalents:

Required: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience related to leading creative and transformative library services and for developing programs to support access services, reference, research, and instruction, including supervisory and management experience. Demonstrated success in team building. Demonstrated successful project management experience. Experience with library program and user service assessment. Experience working with a range of academic library stakeholders and user groups, including students and faculty. An understanding of best practices and current trends in access services, knowledge of interlibrary loan and document-delivery platforms, and a commitment to building resource-sharing partnerships. 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. Experience with digital scholarship and the application of digital research tools. Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.

Preferred: Demonstrated understanding of best practices in user experience design, and experience conducting usability studies. Direct experience managing access services functions.

Special Instructions:

The position is available June 2017. The review of applications will begin on March 6th and will continue until the position is filled.

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 intentional 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.


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Bowdoin College is committed to diversity, inclusion and equality, and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.