Special Collections Librarian
Library Special Collections - PLYS
Salary Band/Wage Band:
40 hours/week, primarily weekdays with some evening hours to
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
By focusing our work on student success, USM Libraries support the
University’s Service Promise to beStudent Focused Every
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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Pay & Benefits:
- 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
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
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.
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the greater Southern Maine area has to offer.
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
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)
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Diversity Statement