The Information Literacy Specialist/Librarian reports to the Lower School Division Head. S/he is responsible for all aspects of the library programs and facilities; supervises library staff; and seeks to ensure that the library’s academic and technology resources complement, enhance, and extend the school’s educational program. In addition, s/he is responsible for the systematic instruction of library and information literacy skills to all students. S/he will collaborate closely with the director of educational technology and the faculty.
Reports To: Head of Lower School
*To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
*To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
*To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
*To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of inquiry, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
*To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and an integral component of the learning/instructional program
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Information Literacy Specialist/Librarian will:
- Ensure that the library’s academic and technical resources advance the school’s educational program.
- Collaborate with classroom teachers in the curriculum design process.
- Develop policies and programming that will establish standards for and definitions of information literacy and bolster support for library services that contribute to an information-literate student body.
- Collaborate with academic departments/discipline-specific coordinators on detailed needs and growth opportunities.
- Foster an environment of creativity and innovation.
- Research and evaluate new and emerging information technologies.
- Manage the library budget and purchasing of materials to support the mission and academic goals of the school.
- Develop, acquire, and maintain a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the students, the instructional strategies of the school’s faculty, and the school's mission.
- In coordination with the technology department, evaluate and purchase technical equipment.
- Maintain an attractive, dynamic, current, and well-stocked library conducive to reading, studying, and research.
- Select, process, and make readily available a variety of resources, including print, digital, and multimedia.
- Maintain a circulation system that ensures the prompt return of materials and their ready availability to other borrowers.
- Provide bibliographic and reference services for teachers and students.
- Provide instruction for students in the use of library resources.
- Promote and instruct the ethical use of information.
- Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, and knowledgeable researchers.
- Instill a love of reading and learning in students and ensure their equitable access to information.
- As needed, participate in the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of other library professionals and volunteers.
- Maintain regular contact with stakeholders through school publications and online media.
- Act as an advocate of the library; share expertise at faculty meetings, serve on academic committees, and take an active role in accreditation processes.
- Manage inventory and oversee use of “Maker” space.
- Network with local librarians, maintain active memberships in professional associations, and promote the school in the wider community.
- Facilitate personal growth through professional development opportunities.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school and division heads.
Terms of Employment: Teacher work year plus work days as designated by the school calendar.
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Bonita Lea, email@example.com.