The Middle School Librarian values and fosters the understanding that the library is the defining component of the school’s intellectual identity and character. The librarian is committed to providing a student-centered learning environment that fosters creativity and encourages critical thinking and problem solving. The Middle School librarian will build a collection that is multi-disciplinary and multi-media, including books, music, videos, general reference items and periodicals both for students and faculty. The mission of the Middle School Library is that lifelong learning is promoted through the love of reading and the effective use of technology.
The Librarian at Episcopal Collegiate School will hold a MLS or an equivalent degree in library science from an accredited university. The librarian is responsible for supporting information literacy including reading, writing and technological skills. The librarian is an advisor to a small group of students and a member of a grade level team. The librarian works closely with the Department Chair of the Libraries, to support the mission of Episcopal Collegiate and with the Division Head of the Middle School to provide a program that nurtures every student’s successes in middle school.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As a TEACHER, the Middle School Librarian instructs students on a formal and informal basis in skills related to reading, research, production of materials and the use of information and instructional technologies.
- Works to ensure the integration of information skills throughout the school’s instructional program
- Plans, teaches, evaluates and reinforces instruction designed to make students and staff effective users of information
- Assists teachers in promoting reading and provides reading experience for students in groups and as individuals
- Promotes lifelong learning by fostering positive attitudes toward libraries and by working to develop students’ viewing, listening and critical-thinking skills
- Monitors rights and responsibilities of users relating to the generation and flow of information and ideas (ex. copyright, confidentiality/privacy, intellectual freedom)
- Participates in grade level curriculum design and assessment projects on a regular basis
- Assesses information skills and the research process on a regular planned basis for students.
Additional teaching responsibilities may include acting as the primary instructor of Exploratory Design classes. Exploratory Design classes engage students in interdisciplinary, real-world design and engineering challenges linked to topics covered in core classes. Students work in collaborative teams as they use programming, 3D design and fabrication, circuitry and digital presentation tools to meet project challenges.
As an INFORMATIONAL SPECIALIST, the Middle School Librarian provides access to information and ideas by assisting students and faculty in identifying information resources and in interpreting and communicating intellectual content.
- Makes resources available to students and teachers through a systemically developed and organized collection of library materials
- Keeps abreast of current literature by reading review journals and other selections resources
- Develops flexible circulation, loan and use policies that ensure equity of access to users
- Assures access to information resources providing an accurate and efficient retrieval system
- Implements policies that respect the rights of users to confidentiality and unrestricted access to information resources
- Assists all users in identifying, locating and interpreting information
- Arranges for flexible scheduling of facilities, collections to meet the needs of individuals, small groups and large groups for research, browsing, recreational reading, viewing or listening at the point of need
- Assesses and promotes effective use of instructional technology
As an INSTRUCTIONAL PARTNER, the Middle School Librarian joins with teachers and others to identify links across student information needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and a wide variety of print, non-print and electronic information resources.
- Builds relationships through participation in curriculum meetings
- Takes a leading role in developing policies, practices and information literacy curricula that guides students to develop a full range of information and communication abilities
- Plans units and lesson collaboratively with teachers one-on-one and/or through collaborative planning forms.
- Helps students safely and intellectually navigate the Internet by teaching website evaluation strategies.
As a PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR, the Middle School Librarian provides leadership in the planning, management and evaluation of school library programs.
- Directs, organizes and supervises the services essential to a library program centered on students’ needs and the instructional goals of the school.
- Initiates and maintains formal contacts with the Middle School’s administrators and teachers to evaluate library programs, facilities, materials, and equipment
- Prepares financial plans for the Middle School library, including an annual budget
- Establishes and maintains an environment in the library in which students and faculty can work at productive levels
- Communicates the philosophy and mission of the library program to the students, faculty, administration and parents
- Establishes relationships with colleagues, students and parents that reflect recognition of and respect for every individual
- Participates in the recruiting, hiring and training of volunteer staff in the library
- Develops and continually updates the professional expertise necessary to function effectively in the librarian’s role
- Networks with other professionals through participation in local, state and national organizations.