Archivist - Patten Free Library

03 Feb 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous member

Archivist – Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room

The Patten Free Library, located in Bath, Maine, is a private non-profit library that serves the City of Bath and the Towns of Arrowsic, Georgetown, West Bath, and Woolwich.  (Total population served is 14,932.)


Job Summary:

This 30-hour per week position is responsible for managing the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room including developing and maintaining its collections, services, and programs, providing reference services, supervising staff and volunteers, and managing the Library’s art collection.



  • Assist patrons in the use of the collections.
  • Develop, arrange, describe, and preserve archival collections in multiple formats in accordance with accepted standards and practices.
  • Develop and implement procedures for the acquisition, processing, cataloging, digitization, and preservation of archival materials. 
  • Catalog items and collections in Minerva and collection management software.
  • Create finding aids using contemporary tools in accordance with accepted standards.
  • Appraise potential collection additions and make recommendations for acquisition of new collections and de-accessioning of existing collections.
  • Develop programming that provides educational enrichment and promotes collections, including the Town History Series.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff and volunteers.
  • Maintain equipment and software.
  • Participate in library planning, including budgeting for the department and maintaining statistical information on usage.
  • Enhance professional knowledge by regularly reviewing professional literature and attending meetings and workshops.
  • Serve as a liaison to and limited support for the Bath Historical Society.
  • Assist and advise the Director with the composition and implementation of library policies. May serve on Board and/or Library committees.
  • Participate and cooperate with other department heads and the Director in achieving the overall objectives and goals of the Library.
  • Participate in Library fundraising activities.


Performance knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics

  • Working knowledge of archival principles, policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of research techniques required for genealogical, architectural, and local-history queries.
  • Working knowledge of technology as it relates to services.
  • Interpersonal communication skills for working effectively with staff, patrons, volunteers, donors, and the general public. 
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work.



A Master’s degree in Library Science with an emphasis in archives management or experience in the same and a working knowledge of genealogy as well as a strong interest in local history. Experience cataloging archival materials.  Research, speaking, and reporting skills required, while an interest in the fine arts is desirable.

 Conditions of employment

Some weekend hours may be required.

 The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

 Salary: Commensurate with experience.

 Benefits: Sick, vacation, and holiday time; partial health insurance benefits.


How to Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Lesley Dolinger, Library Director, at  Applications accepted until the position is filled.


Start Date: Mid-April 2019



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