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Special Collections Librarian

University of Southern Maine
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Position Title:
Special Collections Librarian


City, State:
Portland, ME

Library Special Collections - PLYS

Bargaining Unit:

Salary Band/Wage Band:

Work Schedule:
40 hours/week, primarily weekdays with some evening hours to support events

Statement of Job:

Are you a highly motivated, collaborative, inclusive, and enthusiastic librarian who enjoys working with manuscript collections, objects, and rare books?

Do you love processing manuscript collections and teaching students how to engage with primary resources?

We want you to join our Special Collections team, based at the Portland campus of USM! The Librarian values an innovative student-centered approach to providing public services and research consultations with a special focus on Special Collections’ role in instruction and outreach to the university and community. The position provides technical services for Special Collections, which consists of rare book collections and manuscript collections documenting the University as well as the African American, Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities in Maine. Duties include processing manuscript collections, the University Archives, and overseeing print cataloging/processing. The Librarian works as part of a close-knit team to promote and publicize Special Collections offerings, overall goals, and projects. The Librarian will be responsible for LibGuides associated with their liaison area and resource guides to department materials as needed. The incumbent is expected to be professionally curious and engaged on campus, within the library community, and the consortiums in which USM Libraries participate.

By focusing our work on student success, USM Libraries support the University’s Service Promise to beStudent Focused Every Day.We live the USM Service Promise and seek team members who understand that promise and support our values of Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity, and Responsiveness. We are committed to ensuring our work reflects a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all students.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, those in our LGBTQ+ communities and veterans are encouraged to apply. USM is located in Portland, Maine’s metro area that is home to over half a million people with a lively, livable community nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor recreation, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. Over 60 languages and dialects are spoken in the greater Portland area alone!

USM’s three (Portland, Gorham, Lewiston) environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region.

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  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science program or equivalent graduate program.
  • Demonstrated awareness of using primary resources in teaching, learning, and in the curriculum.
  • Experience in reference and/or other public services.
  • One year or more of manuscript processing experience in an integrated online library system or a minimum of two years’ experience in special collections or archives management.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Other Information:

Pay & Benefits: Starting salary range of $44,000 - $47,000 plus a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Benefits Information Summary

Location: This weekday position will be based on our USM Portland Campus with the expectation of a flexible schedule, depending on need, and potential in-state travel.

Want to know more about employment, benefits, and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

To apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a separate statement explaining your experience with and or commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

All materials must be submitted by August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Work Year Calendar:
Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Diversity Statement
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