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Head of Collection Development and Management Smith College Northampton, Massachusetts

Lead, manage, and coordinate print and electronic collection development and management for the Smith College Libraries.  Supervise 7-8 staff responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of the library’s general print and electronic collection.   In conjunction with the Director of Discovery and Access, oversee the Libraries’ materials budget of $4 million.  Provide strategic direction for collection decisions based on data collection and assessment, curricular and research needs, and available financial resources.  Coordinate Smith’s collaborative collection efforts within the Five Colleges and other shared print preservation initiatives such as EAST and HathiTrust.

Immediate screening until filled
Performing Arts Librarian Reed College Portland, OR

Reed College seeks a dynamic librarian and leader to be our next Performing Arts Librarian. The Performing Arts Librarian has principal duties as a liaison librarian for Dance, Music, and Theatre, providing research assistance and library instruction for the Reed community. This position manages collections, library services, and student workers in the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), a branch location and computer lab in Reed’s Performing Arts Building.
The full posting and application instructions can be found at:

April 19, 2021
Access & Outreach Librarian Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL

The Access and Outreach Librarian at Lake Forest College will provide leadership of access services, including circulation, copyright, resource sharing, and collection development, as well as coordinate access to Donnelley & Lee Library with attention to equity and inclusion for people of historically marginalized identities.

Review begins immediately and open until filled.
Writing Center Coordinator Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest College seeks a full-time, 10 - 12-month Coordinator for its popular Writing Center, as part of the thriving Center for Academic Success. The Coordinator hires, trains, and supervises a staff of approximately 20 student tutors holding approximately 200 appointments per year, provides professional tutoring services to undergraduates, teaches introductory courses in the College’s Writing Program, First Year Studies Program, or Student Success Program, and contributes to overall student success and retention. 

Review begins immediately and open until filled.
Associate Librarian for Systems and Digital Initiatives Bowdoin College Brunswick Maine


The Bowdoin College Library seeks applications for the newly created position of Associate Librarian for Systems and Digital Initiatives.  The Associate Librarian will provide leadership, broad support, technical expertise, and day-to-day administration for library systems and technology. The ideal candidate for this position will be an individual who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative environment, recognizes the value of creative and innovative services, and possesses a forward-thinking understanding of the ways in which the library and library technologies can advance the academic mission of the college.

First consideration will be given to applications that are received by March 26, 2021. Interviews for this position will be held virtually.
Associate Librarian for Collections Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine

The Bowdoin College Library seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced leader for the position of Associate Librarian for Collections. The Associate Librarian provides overall administration, vision, and strategic direction for the library’s collection development and management program and plays a critical role in the mission and work of the library to support and advance teaching, learning, and scholarship. The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate about library collections, embrace the vital role they play in the academic life of the college, and be energized by the myriad stewardship challenges they present.

As the intellectual heart of the Bowdoin campus, and serving as a major research library in the state of Maine, the College Library is highly valued for its rich and extensive collections, outstanding staff, and vibrant spaces, including Hawthorne-Longfellow Library—the main library building—and three specialized branch libraries for music, art, and science. The recently opened Library Annex, located a short distance from campus, provides high-density shelving for 200,000 volumes in a climate-controlled environment designed to support long-term storage of materials. Bowdoin College Library develops its collections cooperatively and strategically with the libraries of Colby and Bates colleges, with which it shares a combined catalog (CBBcat). Along with e-resources, physical materials remain an integral component of the library’s collections and, as a founding member of the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative (MSCC), Bowdoin collaborates with over 40 academic and public libraries that, together, have committed to retain more than 1.5 million print books within the state. 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 Research Librarians 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. In line with its goals to address the ways in which structural racism has permeated long-standing library practices, the Bowdoin Library is committed to developing diverse and inclusive collections that represent the voices and experiences of BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Associate Librarian is responsible for the oversight, stewardship, and promotion of the library’s collections, which are developed to support the college curriculum and faculty and student research. The Associate Librarian supervises the Course Materials and Collections Specialist and coordinates the collection-related responsibilities of six Research Librarians. The incumbent will work closely with CBB colleagues to manage the consortial collections program and with Bowdoin Library colleagues in the Technical Services and Access Services departments on materials acquisitions, licensing, e-resource management, cataloging, and collection management; participate together with the librarian liaison team in providing research support for faculty and students; foster the growth and use of Bowdoin’s own digital collections; lead collection space-planning efforts in all libraries; oversee the library’s acquisitions program for course-related materials and the campus textbook adoption process for faculty; facilitate and expand the library’s scholarly communication and open access programs; respond to the emergence of new disciplinary areas of study and support new and evolving methods of scholarship; and strengthen partnerships with faculty. The Associate Librarian will oversee the library’s materials budget and provide expertise in collection assessment and analysis, and in project management. 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 or an advanced degree in a related discipline. Strong leadership and management skills and a commitment to proactive high-quality library service. Demonstrated understanding of the key issues and current trends in higher education and the liberal arts college environment and in scholarly information, digital publishing, and open access. Extensive knowledge of collection management strategies, practices, and analysis tools, and of standards and initiatives, such as COUNTER and SHERPA/RoMEO. Excellent communication, organizational, analytical, and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively and to build strong relationships across and beyond organizational boundaries.

Experience Requirements/Equivalents:

Required: A minimum of five years of experience in an academic library, including evidence of progressively responsible participation in the selection, analysis, and management of information resources. Demonstrated understanding of the role of library collections in support of the undergraduate curriculum and faculty research in a liberal arts setting. Experience with budget management, data analysis, and vendor negotiations. Demonstrated project management experience. Demonstrated success in team building, leading through influence, and the ability to develop collaborative working relationships with faculty. Demonstrated understanding of best practices and current trends in the acquisition and management of library collections. Experience in program development. Evidence of scholarly engagement and active participation within the profession.

Preferred: Supervisory experience; experience providing research and instructional support in an academic library setting; experience planning, developing and/or implementing digital collections of institutional-specific holdings.

About Bowdoin

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine. Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succed


Further details and instructions to apply can be found on our online application: First consideration will be given to applications that are received by April 30, 2021.

Interviews for this position will be held virtually.

For questions, please contact

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.

First consideration will be given to applications that are received by April 30, 2021.
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