Research and Instruction Librarian

Brunswick, ME
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Salary: Minimum $71,500 – Maximum $78,000
Created: April 2, 2024



Research and Instruction Librarian

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Job Summary

The Bowdoin College Library seeks a creative and collaborative Research and Instruction Librarian to join us as a liaison to academic departments, with emphasis on government and legal studies, history, and economics. Reporting to the Associate Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach, the successful candidate will support the research and scholarship of students and faculty, collaborate with faculty on designing inclusive learning experiences and assignments, and engage students in a variety of ways in their learning about information and research. The Research and Instruction Librarian will help to build collections that support the Bowdoin College community and the efforts of the CBB Consortium (libraries at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges).

As a valued member of a dedicated, thoughtful, and enthusiastic Research and Instruction Team, the successful candidate will join our commitment to embody the principles of inclusive excellence that are core to Bowdoin’s purpose. These principles include the creation of inclusive and equitable learning environments that prepare students to value differences and interact constructively with a diversity of people, spaces, situations, and ideas; fostering student learning and belonging at Bowdoin by supporting their learning inside and outside the classroom; and demonstrating continued self-reflection and growth as inclusive educators. In our work to embody these principles, we actively collaborate with our colleagues in the Baldwin Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology and Consulting, and THRIVE, and other campus partners.

As a departmental liaison:  

  • Teach creative and innovative library instruction sessions that support diverse learners  
  • Collaborate with faculty on creating inclusive learning experiences  
  • Guide students and faculty in their research and connect them with relevant resources 
  • Build relationships with assigned departments to ensure that library services and collections align with their teaching and research interests and to communicate on general library questions or concerns  
  • Develop collections for assigned departments and participate in collections management activities and decisions. Collaborate with the Associate Librarian for Collections and other staff on stewardship of collections for assigned departments. 
  • Learn, grow, and develop through professional development that connects to assigned academic departments, new areas of the curriculum, your own pedagogical interests, or emerging technologies and research methodologies  


As a member of the Research and Instruction Services team: 


  • Engage in all general research services and instruction activities, including shared Research Lab staffing 
  • Participate in planning and development of instructional programs and in setting priorities for Research and Instruction Services 
  • Participate in the development of programming that engages students, cultivates a deeper connection with the library and its resources, and contributes to an environment of inclusion and belonging 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to valuing diversity and contribute to providing an inclusive working environment 

Bowdoin College endeavors to be an inclusive and caring community. We welcome colleagues of diverse cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and individual perspectives and are committed to cultural inclusiveness and employment equity. We strongly encourage candidates from historically excluded groups to apply. As a member of this community, you will have the services, resources, and support you will need to thrive in your work with us.  


Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College:

Benefits and Pay:

  • The salary Range for this position is expected to be: Minimum $71,500 – Maximum $78,000.
  • A variety of health insurance plans (Effective on date of hire)
  • Generous Retirement Plan – 10.12% annual compensation contribution (Eligible after 1 year of service and age 26)
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Paid time off – Vacation, Personal, Holidays, and Special Days Off Paid parental leave.
  • Free fitness and wellness classes!
  • And more:

Education/Skills Requirements

Many candidates will not apply for a position unless they believe that they can meet every job requirement. We encourage you to think creatively about your background and skill set for the position and consider how your experience will support your success and your work with us would help you to grow professionally.


  • A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with faculty and staff.
  • Enthusiastic commitment to quality public services.
  • Strong organizational skills and creative problem-solving abilities and initiative.
  • Demonstrated experience providing individual consultations and group instruction and excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use of a broad range of research tools and information resources.
  • Knowledge of current national trends in research services, government-information resources and services, library instruction, and electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in advancing equity and inclusion.


  • Demonstrated success in developing programs targeted at undergraduate students.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents


  • Successful research services and individual and group instruction experience, with emphasis in the areas of government and legal studies, history, and economics.
  • Proven expertise in the use of legal resources and government documents.
  • Evidence of use of creative and innovative approaches to teaching.


  • Successful research services and individual and group instruction experience in Africana studies.
  • Experience teaching and/or collaborating with faculty members in use of digital humanities methodologies.
  • Practical experience with federal, open, and proprietary data resources.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Generally between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mon-Fri, with occasional evening and weekend hours as needed. This is an exempt position requiring time commitment necessary to satisfactorily complete job requirements. Schedules may vary to meet operational needs.
Anticipated start date of August 1. 2024

About Bowdoin

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 succeed.

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.



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Full Time Year Round



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Please address the following topics in your Cover Letter:

  • your interest in the position and in working in a small liberal arts college
  • the ways that your work with students and faculty embodies inclusive excellence

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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.


Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 15:09 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 15:09 UTC