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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have 2 current openings.  Please see below for descriptions of  Teen Librarian Position and Department Head/Team Leader, Research and Information Services position.

Teen Librarian

We are a library environment that embraces change and experimentation.  If you thrive in a learning-focused work culture with colleagues who support teamwork, the Portland Public Library may be the place you’ve been seeking.

We are searching for a well-rounded Teen Librarian to contribute to our Youth Services program at the Library, Maine’s largest public library, in the heart of downtown Portland near a major high school.  This Teen Program requires a person with urban sensibilities in a highly interactive, dynamic multi-cultural environment.

A high energy, flexible, creative, and collaborative style is necessary to lead, develop and coordinate effective teen services and programming across the Library system.  You would supervise staff and volunteers; select teen materials; assist patrons with research/reference needs.  Serve as Leader of the Teen Team and work other library Service Teams.  You must be highly organized and comfortable in a complex library system.  A communication style which encourages teen learning and participation is essential.  Brings enthusiasm for role modeling and teaching positive behavioral skills is highly preferred.

Required: Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent training and experience; two years experience as a librarian, hands on experience with young adults; demonstrated advanced technology skills including social networking; knowledge of young adult literature, including graphic novels; experience using integrated library systems, the Internet and online computer databases.

Environment is fast-paced and demanding, especially during peak hours.  Preferred: experience with ESL students and preschool children; facility in other language(s) helpful.

37.5 hr position with evening and Saturday work required; excellent benefits; competitive pay scale; supportive and collegial work environment.  Resumes and cover letters to Human Resources, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine 0101, or  Review begins 10/6/14 and will continue until position is filled.



Department Head and Team Leader, Research and Information Services

Are you interested in becoming part of a dynamic public library team in which you play a lead role as Team Leader and Head of the Research and Information Services area?

The Portland Public Library is seeking a professional librarian with broad library experience to lead and manage the staff of the Research and Information area.  This person is the Supervisor of Record for the Research and Information area which includes Reference, Reader’s Advisory, Portland Room and Technology Center staffs.  He/she is responsible for managing the staff resources for this service area and for providing quality research and information services to the adult population of Portland and Southern Maine.  The position works closely with Team Leaders and Coordinators.  This position will lead and coordinate the Health Team.  This librarian is a key member of the Walk-In Services Team.  Depending on the candidate, the Team assignments could have some flexibility.

As the largest public library in Maine, and the Area Reference and Resource Center (AARC), for the counties of York and Cumberland and some towns in Oxford, the Portland Public Library provides library services to a large and diverse geographic area with the highest population in the State, serving both urban and rural areas.


  1. Coordinates the Reference Service of the Library. Plans, manages, and evaluates the public services and operations within Research and Information Services.
  2. Oversees the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of professional and paraprofessional staff and volunteers within Research & Information Services.  Functions as a “Supervisor of Record” for this service area.
  3. Keeps abreast of all major Teams’ work assigned within the department through communication with staff.  Leads the Health Team to create goals and metrics.
  4. Selects, develops and maintains all reference and circulation materials within the subject area of health as well as general reference resources.
  5. Coordinates programming within this subject area.
  6. Meets regularly with the Executive Director, Associate Director and other Team Coordinators to discuss department issues, to make recommendations about the services and operation of library departments, and to participate in planning the future direction of the library.
  7. As a member of the Research and Information Department:
    1. Provides research and information service to the public of all ages in person and through any medium required.
    2. Serves as the subject specialist for questions and recommendations concerning the areas of health and oversees general reference queries.
    3. Oversees (outside of the meeting rooms and gallery) the public space of the Lower Level.
  8. Functions as the Periodicals selector and oversees the maintenance of the Library’s collection of periodical literature.
  9. Participates in special projects or tasks as necessary.
  10. Seeks opportunities for professional development.

Qualities necessary include strong collaboration and team orientation; flexible style; ability to work well in a high volume of activity in a demanding service environment; ability to relate well with the public and staff and exhibit strong service orientation.  Excellent communication skills, positive and inclusive leadership style, considerable knowledge of library principles and practices; sufficient physical stamina to perform in a fast-paced, high pressure environment requiring moving throughout the day on one’s feet, with bending and lifting materials required.

Education requirements: an ALA-accredited Masters Degree in Library Science and at least three years of professional experience of a progressively responsible nature, or equivalent professional training and experience.

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to  Review begins Thursday, August 7, 2014, and will continue until position is filled. Competitive rates, excellent benefits.




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