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.
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).