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Associate College Librarian for Research Services

Bates College | Lewiston, ME

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Bates is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college's commitment to academic excellence, intellectual exploration, inclusivity, and engaged citizenship defines its character.

Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. Bates engages the forces - intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology - that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has about 2,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The student body represents 44 states and 53 countries; approximately 23 percent are domestic students of color, 7 percent of students are international, and 13 percent of all students are first generation to college.

The College has 210 faculty members and 750 staff and administrative employees. As one of the top employers in the state, Bates recruits its faculty and staff nationally, regionally, and locally. They consist of diverse individuals with a broad range of intellectual, professional, and personal experience.

Bates is proud of its deep roots in the Lewiston\/Auburn community, an urban center with a demographically diverse population of approximately 65,000 people. With a rich industrial past, Lewiston\/ Auburn has seen great transition in the last 30 years and offers opportunities for cultural enrichment and meaningful community-engaged learning and leadership. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.

The Position

The Bates College George and Helen Ladd Library is searching for an Associate College Librarian for Research Services. Working in partnership with a new Vice President of Bates' merged Information and Library Services (ILS), the Associate College Librarian serves in a senior leadership role within the Library and in the College community. This position is responsible for leading a team of professional research librarians and managing research and instruction services and operations. This position functions as a liaison with the Bates community and directs the Library in the Librarian's absence or as needed. As principal associate librarian, the Associate College Librarian for Research Services serves as a statutory (non-tenured) member of the Faculty, a member of the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Governing Board, which shares both print and electronic resources and a joint catalog, and will pursue opportunities for increased collaboration within the Board and across the Oberlin Group.

The responsibilities of this position also include serving as a subject librarian in appropriate areas of expertise, and as a member of the Information and Library Services management team. In addition to working with close ILS partners, such as the Curricular and Research Computing group, the Associate College Librarian will help envision and implement library support for exciting new initiatives in the digital humanities, open educational resources, and Bates' new Digital and Computational Studies program. We are looking for a collaborative colleague who is dynamic, innovative, and willing to think creatively about the future of the academic library. This position supervises librarians and other staff engaged in reference and instructional services, and oversees the ILLiad operations and its staff.

Key Accountabilities
  • Manages research, instructional and the ILLiad operations of the Library and supervises staff in these areas. Has a strong appreciation for the work of Research Services with both faculty and student researchers.
  • Acts in a leadership capacity with the Librarian and the Library Management team to maintain, improve and develop facilities, services, programs, policies and procedures for both the Bates College Library and CBB activities related to the Library. Directs the Library in the absence of the Librarian.
  • Provides leadership in the assessment, development and implementation of new research services and works with Bates Information and Library Services staff and partner constituencies, including Colby and Bowdoin libraries and technology organizations, to identify and take advantage of the expanding array of services made possible by electronic information sources.
  • Works with colleagues in the department, faculty members, and other academic support staff to plan, deliver and support a technologically dynamic, collaborative, and accessible learning environment across the curriculum. Actively tracks emerging trends in pedagogy and technology while eagerly experimenting with new approaches to scholarly content creation\/presentation.
  • Works as a subject liaison with faculty and staff to build collections, both print and online, to best meet the curricular and programmatic needs of the College. Serves as an advocate within the Library for scholarly collection development.
  • Provides general research assistance during regular, evening, and weekend hours as well as specialized, in-depth research consultation to faculty and students. Leads and participates in classroom instruction and group workshops. Provides general orientations and tours as appropriate.
  • Oversees the design, development and maintenance of the Library website to promote discovery, use, and integration of the library collection. Coordinates library programming to highlight collections and link library services to campus events and scholarship.
  • Represents the Bates College Library both internally and externally via presentations at conferences, participation on boards and planning committees, and attendance at events.

Additional Job Functions:
  • Serves on Library, ILS, and College-wide committees, the CBB Governing Board, and task forces as assigned.
  • Regularly promotes significant changes in Library resources, activities, and policies to Library constituents.
  • Represents the Library in state, regional, and national forums in matters related to research and instructional services.
  • Performs other position-related duties as assigned.

This is full-time, 12-month staff position. Occasional travel including day and overnight trips may be required.

The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in library science, information science, other advanced degree in field related to the position or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • 7+ years of experience in an academic library preferred, including advanced library skills in research and instructional services.
  • Teaching experience in library or information literacy instruction, or related areas.
  • Demonstrated experience working on digital projects that bring together librarians and instructional technologists with a focus on pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated participation in or development of innovative instruction programs, particularly those that use technology to enhance student learning.
  • Exceptional management skills, ability to mentor, advise, and develop full-time and student staff.
  • Ability to work independently and with flexibility to adapt to change required.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and work effectively with faculty and staff at all levels of the College.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with students, staff, faculty and co-workers.
  • Excellent communication (written, verbal & listening) skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Commitment to user-oriented public service and evidence of creative approaches to service problems.
  • Familiarity with current research and publishing trends for faculty and undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
  • Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation*, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace. *Benefits are prorated for employees working less than full-time or 12 months.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college's policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA\/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at

Job Code: 59181
Posted On: 2019-04-16 10:00:04
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Telecommute: No
Categories: Education
Job Type: Regular
Job Status: Full Time
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