Job Opportunity: Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Librarian, Colby College

Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Librarian
Date:  06/23/2020
Colby College Libraries (The Libraries) seeks a creative, curious, motivated, and collaborative professional for the position of Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts (VIA) Librarian. The VIA Librarian reports to the Assistant Director for Special Collections & Archives and will be a key member of the distinctive and evolving special collections and archival landscape at Colby. This is a newly imagined teaching librarian position with liaison responsibilities. The successful candidate will have a sense of adventure and an openness – building upon existing relationships while creating interdisciplinary learning experiences within the Libraries (and beyond).     

Colby College Libraries are at the heart of the research and teaching mission of the College. In that context, the Libraries strive to be progressive, diverse, strategic, and collaborative with a talented and team-oriented group of professionals. This new position is a part of an evolution of research and instruction at Colby Libraries that is embedding research and instruction librarians within each of the Libraries’ departments and the liaison program is being updated.

The VIA Librarian will join the dynamic Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) team. This is an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with an established (and growing) SC&A archives education program within the context of a burgeoning and comprehensive teaching program within the Libraries.

The Libraries have been working over the last year to build a strong foundation for experimentation and growth. We have convened several cross functional teams poised to rethink and build a progressive and creative library organization.  Positioning the VIA Librarian within SC&A is an intentional move that will provide opportunities to capitalize on natural synergies between SC&A and a more traditional library instruction program. There is also momentum building for curating new objects based collections that support and elaborate upon existing SC&A collections and college initiatives. The Librarian in this position will be expected to be curious and creative in an environment being built for experimentation and risk taking.

We seek a vibrant VIA Librarian colleague to work with us to decolonize our collections and processes, to experiment with new strategies for developing collections and bridging the arts and sciences, and to promote the powerful potential of our materials on campus and beyond. And, we aspire to leverage the challenges of remote teaching and learning via innovative virtual collaborations created with our Special Collections counterparts in the CBB consortium and across the state of Maine.

Liaison responsibilities that will be aligned with the successful candidates research, expertise, and experience as well as expected departmental responsibilities with the Colby College Department of Art and the growing and interdisciplinary arts ecosystem of Colby College. This position is an opportunity to be a key partner in the arts and to work with colleagues across the Libraries as well as across campus. Colby has a world class Museum of Art (and a new director starting this fall), a newly hired Director of the Arts, the Lunder Institute of American Art, and the Center for Arts and Humanities – among other arts related activities on campus. In our recent restructuring, we have established a Performing Arts Librarian (filled by one of our current librarians) who will be a natural partner in exploring and working within the arts in our community. The broader Waterville community is undergoing a transformation, as well, with Colby engaged in a partnership with the city to reinvent and revitalize downtown Waterville. A new collaborative arts space as well as an arts center (that will include a new gallery of the Museum) are also in the planning stages downtown.

The Libraries strive to be progressive, diverse, strategic, and collaborative with a talented and team-oriented group of professionals. The Libraries consist of three physical library spaces: Miller Library (the Humanities and Social Sciences library – considered the main library – and includes Special Collections and Archives), Bixler Art and Music Library, and Olin Natural and Environmental Science Library. In addition, we are a member of the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) consortium that provides opportunities for collaboration across our respective libraries.


* ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
* Two or more years of professional academic library experience.
* One or more years of reference and instruction experience.
* Demonstrated experience in collection development and management.
* Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
* Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community
* Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and/or scholarship in inclusion, diversity, social justice, and anti-racism work.

* Background (education and/or experience) in an arts or design related discipline.
* Experience working with archival and special collections and in assisting researchers.
* Skilled and knowledgeable in scholarly communications, digital humanities, and/or digital preservation.
* Proficiency with new technology in an educational or library setting.
* Documented professional engagement.
* Proficiency in one or more non-English languages.
Salary and Benefits

Minimum of $60,000.

Librarians are a part of the Colby College faculty – without “rank” but eligible for sabbatical and travel funding.
Colby College has an excellent benefits package.

To Apply:

As much (if not all) of this search will be remote, we will work to “show” final candidates the libraries, campus, and the surrounding area. We are also flexible about how we can work together remotely, if necessary, for the foreseeable future.

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials to

* Letter of interest;
* CV;
* Contact information for three professional references.

Materials should be addressed to:

Lareese Hall, Director of Libraries
Colby College
5104 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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