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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have 2 current openings.  Please see below for description of  Technical Services Manager/Librarian as well as a contract position for Creative Aging Instructors.


Portland Public Library (Maine) is seeking a forward-looking and collaborative professional librarian with strong leadership and managerial skills to lead the Technical Services operation. The position is the primary cataloger and leads the acquisitions, cataloging, and processing of all Library materials for PPL’s Main Library, three branches, Annex, and “portable library” collections. The Manager supervises four staff members plus volunteers, and works closely with Library administration and collection managers. In addition, this position plays a key role in researching and acquiring new technologies and processes that will improve department workflow and patron access. This position has considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment. The primary responsibilities of the position include:

  • Provides strategic leadership in the management of acquisitions, cataloging, and processing of Library materials in all formats.
  • Sets policy, designs workflows, and documents procedures, in keeping with library trends and system-wide policies and procedures.
  • Hires, trains, inspires, and directs the work of unit staff.
  • Performs original and complex copy cataloging for all formats following professional standards and practices to ensure discoverability of library materials.
  • Leads in the research and development of new systems technologies as they relate to access, discovery, and patron experience.
  • Develops assessment strategies and maintains statistics to ensure quality and consistency of unit activity.

The position requires an MLS degree from an accredited library school or equivalent professional training, experience, and ability; high-level expertise working with library system software (iii Millennium or Sierra preferred) and other online systems that integrate with it; three years of progressively responsible cataloging and supervisory experience; deep experience with DDC, OCLC, AACR2/RDA; strong service orientation, organization, interpersonal, and communication skills; and enthusiasm to explore new technologies and to pursue constructive change.

Excellent benefits, competitive salary with dynamic colleagues in a progressive, high energy library

Resumes and cover letters to . Review begins 2/2/15 and will continue until position is filled.

(posted 1-23-2015)

Teaching Artists: Creative Aging

Portland Public Library is seeking experienced teaching artists, specifically in Vocal or Choral arts, to conduct sequential instruction workshops (minimum 8 sessions) for older adults in our library. The workshops should stress arts learning and foster meaningful social engagement. The workshop will conclude with a public culminating event. Program will be planned in cooperation with an assigned librarian. The selected teaching artist will receive an instructional fee in addition to being paid for prep and planning. This is a pilot project which has the potential to expand.

Please send an e-mail to with “Portland Public Library Teaching Artist” as the subject line. Attach a resume with teaching experience, an artist CV, references, and an artist statement which talks about your interest and/or experience in working with older adults.

(posted 1/22/2015)


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