Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach
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 buildingwhich houses the Media Commons and recently-opened Research Lab, focused on supporting student-librarian collaborationand 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).
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.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.
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.