Associate Librarian for Systems and Digital Initiatives

at Bowdoin College Library (view profile)
Location Brunswick, Maine
Date Posted February 17, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Required: A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program, an advanced degree in a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency This position is in a pay grade band that begins at $65,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @bowdoinlibrary


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.

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 respected for its rich 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 library maintains an extensive and long-standing collaboration with the libraries of Colby and Bates colleges through the CBB consortium.  The three institutions develop their collections cooperatively and provide access to materials through a combined catalog, CBBcat (Innovative Interfaces’ Sierra ILS).  In addition to the ILS, the library manages an array of systems that support its operation and further teaching, learning, and scholarship—including ArchivesSpace, ILLiad, Digital Commons, Aeon, and CaiaSoft—and its staff is dedicated to developing creative solutions to thorny problems, with a goal to provide users with effective and efficient technology services.

The Bowdoin Library strives to be welcoming and values inclusive excellence.  In line with its goals to address the ways in which structural racism has permeated long-standing library practices, it is committed to developing, describing, and stewarding diverse collections that represent the voices and experiences of BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Associate Librarian for Systems and Digital Initiatives is responsible for the administration and strategic leadership of the library’s extensive suite of technology services.  The Associate Librarian manages the Digital Initiatives Group (DIG), charged with overseeing the library’s hardware, software, servers, websites, and contracted technology services related to all aspects of operations, from acquisitions to discovery, including those that involve coordination across the CBB consortium and with Bowdoin Information Technology.  In addition to directing the work of DIG’s two staff members, the Associate Librarian serves as the systems librarian, administering the integrated library system (ILS) and overseeing database maintenance and data integrity efforts; provides technical expertise for a variety of hosted services; and is responsible for ensuring staff training and development related to library technologies.  The Associate Librarian will facilitate expansion of Bowdoin’s evolving digital library infrastructure and manage the implementation of a digital repository.  The Associate Librarian serves as a member of the Library Leadership Team, ensuring that technology is at the forefront of the library’s strategic planning.




Required: A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program, an advanced degree in a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Expertise in managing an integrated library system and/or collections management system; knowledge of major descriptive metadata standards (MARC, RDA, Dublin Core, others) and approaches to metadata mapping; expertise with one or more scripting languages (such as Perl, PHP, JavaScript, or XSLT) and markup languages; excellent project management and organizational skills with aptitude for complex analytical and detailed work; deep knowledge of technical services operations and the integration of technology into technical services processes; knowledge of current and emerging digital library technology and applications; excellent communication, interpersonal, and creative problem-solving skills; ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment. Ability to set priorities and manage time and multiple projects with competing deadlines. Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.


Experience Requirements/Equivalents


Required: Minimum two years of experience managing an integrated library system and/or collections management system in an academic library setting; demonstrated record of working with and training others in the use of complex systems, services, or library specific software, such as OCLC Connexion, ILLIAD, and MarcEdit; experience with data remediation and enhancement projects and software; familiarity with digital repositories such as Omeka, DSpace, and Islandora; experience with OAI-PMH; experience integrating multiple software or services via API.


Preferred: Experience with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. integrated library system, including administrative functions. Managerial experience.

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.



Further details and instructions to apply can be found on our online application:  First consideration will be given to applications that are received by March 26, 2021.


Interviews for this position will be held virtually.


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