The Bowdoin College Library seeks an experienced, team-spirited,
and innovative archivist to provide vision and leadership for
Bowdoin College’s substantial archival and manuscript holdings. As
a member of an active and highly collaborative special collections
department, the Archivist manages the accessioning, arrangement,
description, digitization, and preservation of archival and
manuscript materials in all formats and administers the College’s
records management program. The ideal candidate will be confident
in their knowledge of traditional archival best practices and
international standards while taking an expansive view of how
inclusive collecting, description, and online publication of
archival and manuscript materials can support the academic library
setting as well as further the teaching and research goals of the
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 valued for its rich and extensive collections,
outstanding staff, and vibrant spaces, including
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library—the main library building—and three
specialized branch libraries for music, art, and science. Located
within the main library, the George J. Mitchell Department of
Special Collections & Archives is distinguished for its
commitment to access, innovative instructional and educational
programs, world-class collections including an archival record that
dates to the College’s founding in 1794, and an ambitious digital
The Bowdoin Library strives to be forward-thinking, diverse, and
welcoming. 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 and
inclusive collections that represent the voices and experiences of
BIPOC and other marginalized communities.
Reporting to the director of the department, the Archivist provides
day-to-day oversight over all aspects of the operation of the
college archives, from fostering good record-keeping practices
among the College’s staff, faculty, and student organizations, to
processing and preserving materials deposited with the archives. In
partnership with the department’s director, the Archivist also
meets regularly with alumni and other donors on issues regarding
the selection and stewardship of manuscript materials. The
Archivist is a subject expert in the history of the College,
provides reference and research support for complex questions
related to the college archives, and is sensitive to the varying
needs of a diverse constituency. The Archivist also plays a key
managerial role within the department, supervising the Digital
Archivist and the Special Collections & Archives Departmental
Required: A Master’s degree from an ALA -accredited library program
or an advanced degree in a related discipline with formal
professional archival training or apprenticeship. Thorough
knowledge of archival theory and accepted practices, records
management principles, digital and physical preservation
theory/practice, and copyright and privacy laws relevant to the
administration of archival collections. Evidence of ability to
attend to accuracy, attention to detail and discretion, and the
necessity for confidentiality. Strong customer-service orientation
and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate
effectively and tactfully with a wide range of individuals,
including co-workers, students, faculty, staff, members of the
community, and independent researchers. Ability to organize and
supervise the work of others, to plan and administer projects, to
accommodate deadlines and defined schedules, and to solve problems
with minimal supervision. Knowledge of metadata standards and
schema (e.g., EAD, Dublin Core, MARC ), content standards (e.g.,
DACS ), and controlled vocabularies (e.g., LC authorities, Getty
thesauri). Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and
contributing to an inclusive working and learning
Preferred: Knowledge of database structures and applications
relevant to management of archival collections and digital objects.
Familiarity with critical cataloging principles. Formal training or
certification in digital archiving.
Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents
Required: Minimum three years’ post-graduate experience working
with manuscripts or archival records in an academic setting.
Experience appraising and processing manuscript collections and
archival records. Public services and project management
experience. Facility with spreadsheets and databases, such as ILS
or collections management database.
Preferred: At least one year of experience managing staff.
Experience creating and/or administering a records management
schedule. Experience completing or managing digitization and/or
digital preservation projects. Experience identifying and
preserving audiovisual formats. Experience with email and web
archiving principles and practices. Instructional and outreach
experience. Experience supporting or working with an institutional
repository or digital asset management system. Experience writing
or utilizing scripts to batch enhance or remediate metadata.
Standard Work Days and Hours
This is an exempt position requiring time commitment necessary to
satisfactorily complete job requirements. Hours are generally
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Schedules may vary to
meet operational needs.
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.
Full Time Year Round
Background Check Package Requirements
Administrative Staff + Credit
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle,
rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?
Applications Accepted Until
Open Until Filled
Type of Posting
Special Instructions to Applicants
First consideration will be given to applications that are received
by October 1st 2021.
Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and
state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment,
admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular
programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color,
ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital
status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or
against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities
on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected
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