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Strout Family Photographic Archivist

Bowdoin College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Strout Family Photographic Archivist

Posting Number: S01262JP

Department: Library

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Archivist, the Strout Family Photograph Archivist works collaboratively within the department to arrange, describe, and digitize the collection of Leon B. Strout, a noted photographer active in the late 19th and early 20th century who documented Brunswick, Maine, and surrounding communities. The Strout Archivist employs archival standards and best practices, including inclusive description, to survey, arrange, describe, and preserve the approximately 6,100 photographic prints and negatives contained in the Leon B. Strout Collection. The Strout Archivist is responsible for building out digital access to the collection by digitizing and describing images and posting them through online digital collections platforms to ensure maximum discoverability and use of the collection. The Strout Archivist conducts research as needed to create accurate and meaningful descriptions for the images, drawing on library resources and connecting with local history resources in Brunswick and surrounding communities. The Strout Archivist provides excellent service to users by promoting and facilitating access to the collection through outreach programs, exhibitions, and the creation of printed promotional material.
This is a one-year term position.

Benefits and Pay:
  • The salary Range for this position is expected to be: Minimum $60,000 - Maximum $65,000.
  • A variety of health insurance plans (Medical, Vision, Dental)
  • Generous Retirement Plan - 10.12% annual compensation contribution (Eligible after 1 year of service and age 26)
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Paid time off - Vacation, Personal, Holidays, and Special Days Off Paid parental leave.
  • Free fitness and wellness classes!
  • And more:

Education/Skills Requirements:
Required: A Master’s degree from one of the following: ALA-accredited library program, public history program, visual resources program, or similar programs; or, substantial progress towards degree requirements in one of these programs that includes successful completion of coursework on the management of photographic archives. Knowledge of current approaches to archival arrangement and description, including anti-racist archival theory and inclusive descriptive practices. Familiarity with current approaches to digitization, image manipulation, file management, and metadata creation. Experience with detail-oriented work, including the ability to analyze and repurpose data sets. Evidence of ability to attend to accuracy, attention to detail and discretion, and the necessity for confidentiality. Preferred: Familiarity with the social and cultural history of Midcoast Maine.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents:
Required: One year equivalent of archival description, metadata creation, and/or digitization experience, which can include paid, volunteer, student, or internship experience. Facility with spreadsheets and databases, such as ILS or collections management database. Preferred: Experience with an archival collection management system, such as ArchivesSpace. Project management experience and archival research experience.

Please note that as part of the pre-employment process, we will be conducting reference checks, including contacting current or former supervisors, to verify employment history and performance.

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.
This is a one-year, term position.

About Bowdoin:
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.


Employment Category: Full Time Year Round

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Type: Salaried

Background Check Package Requirements: Faculty/Administrative

Is driving a Bowdoin vehicle an essential function of this job?:

Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?: No

Posting Date: 04/19/2024

Applications Accepted Until:

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

EEO Information:
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 statuses.

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin (rhymes with explodin') is a private, selective, liberal arts college, founded and endowed to benefit the common good. Our historic residential campus, located in Brunswick, Maine, is home to just over 1,800 students from all over the world.

Academic life at Bowdoin spans thirty-three departments, and is cooperative, not competitive: so we tend to attract students who like brainstorming with faculty, working in teams, and welcoming big, new, difficult questions.

We value kindness, diversity, creativity, and hard work.

There’s a lot to love about Maine. And this state is very much at the heart of the College. We simply wouldn’t be Bowdoin anywhere else.

According to one of our colleagues, “To teach at Bowdoin is to help train and educate future leaders—an unalloyed privilege in my experience and a rare one.”

We feel fortunate to live here and to be able to experience everything there is to see and do. Maine is renowned for its beauty—its iconic seaside fishing villages and beachesmountain vistas, and pristine forests. But the appeal is also very much about the people—their culture, sense of community, way of life, and welcoming, inquisitive, and energized spirit.

We’re not going to try to list all that Maine has to offer. But we will try to lead you in a few directions from which you can navigate your own journey of discovery—a very Maine thing to do too!

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