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Research and Instruction Librarian, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, ME

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 

Benefits and Pay:

  • The salary Range for this position is expected to be: Minimum $71,500 – Maximum $78,000.

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.

How to Apply

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