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At this time, we have 1 current opening.  Please see below for descriptions of  Department Head and Team Leader, Research and Information Services position.

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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