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Science and Engineering Reference Librarian, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Statement of the Job

To support the instructional, research, scholarship, creative activity, and public service missions of the University of Maine by providing information literacy instruction and design assistance, reference service, research assistance, and collection development. To participate in fostering learner success, to assist with creating and innovating for Maine and beyond, and to help grow and steward partnerships. Typical hiring range for this position is $42,500-$49,000 commensurate with experiences and qualifications.


About the University

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System's flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.


Further information about UMaine can be found at


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. 


Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



Master's degree in library science from a school accredited by the American Library Association is required.  Reference experience is required, with reference experience with engineering or forest resource materials preferred. Patent experience is preferred. Experience or training in information literacy instruction. Experience or training in classroom instruction and online instruction. Computer database searching and experience with the creation of web pages. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently or as part of a team.


Other Information:


Work environment:

Work environment is similar to most academic library settings in that it is responsive to the information requirements of the faculty, staff, and students and, as such, is strongly a public service position that is expected to be available to interact with all constituents.  The position will be affected by rapid changes in information technology and by changes in pedagogy. This employee will be expected to help monitor these changes and assist in adjusting services accordingly.

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week including weekend and evening hours, however work beyond this may be necessary to complete the requirements of the position.


Application Instructions:

Materials must be submitted via the following link. You will need to create a profile and application. 

Please upload the following:

1.) A cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position 

2.) A resume/curriculum vitae

3.) Contact information for three professional references.  


You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: 10/22/2019

Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: 10/30/2019

On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: 11/18/2019

Tentative start date: 01/06/2020


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of 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. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


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