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Research and Instruction Librarian

University of Southern Maine
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 3, 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:
Research and Instruction Librarian


City, State:
Portland, ME

Reference Library - PLYR

Bargaining Unit:

Salary Band/Wage Band:

Work Schedule:
Full-time, some evenings and weekends required

Statement of Job:

We are seeking a professionally curious, engaged, and enthusiastic librarian who values collaboration and an innovative student-centered approach to the development of information literacy skills.

USM Libraries is looking to welcome a health sciences focused Research & Instruction Librarian with a strong understanding of evidence-based practice in the health fields to our team of professional reference and instruction librarians. This librarian proactively serves as library liaison to health science academic departments, assists with collection development, and participates in a learning commons model of student support, including serving in a reference service rotation with the team. The Research & Instruction Librarian develops and delivers course-integrated information literacy instruction and produces videos, tutorials, and other educational materials for the online library. Other project work includes participation in library initiatives such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and library outreach to the university community.

By focusing our work towards 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.

The USM Libraries are strongly committed to DEI initiatives and supporting a culturally diverse team. We welcome and encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, members of LGBTQIA communities, and those who are multilingual to submit their applications.

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 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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  • A Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from a program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent degree
  • One year or more of instruction experience.
  • One year of experience in an academic library or public services setting with:
    • documented familiarity with a wide variety of print and electronic information sources and associated software; general reference and information services; library research instruction; concepts of Framework for Information Literacy
    • Understanding of general library collection development; interest and enthusiasm for emerging library and information trends technologies, and academic technologies.

Other Information:

Pay & Benefits: Starting salary range $50,000-$53,000 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 full-time position will be based on our USM Portland Campus with a normal weekday schedule, occasional scheduling outside normal hours depending on need, and potential inter-campus 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 500 word maximum statement explaining your experience with and or commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

All applications received by Sunday, August 1, 2021 will be fully considered. 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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