The Independent School is recruiting dynamic educators to join our Lower School staff. Successful candidates will exude compassion, creativity, and fairness; all necessary to help our independent students excel. We are currently accepting applications for a Library Media Specialist.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The position is responsible for serving in four interrelated roles within the school: Leader, Teacher and Instructional Partner, Program Administrator, and Information Specialist.
ESSENTIAL TASKS (These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is a similar, related, or logical assignment to the position.)
- Work collaboratively with colleagues and administration to establish evidence‐based, measurable goals driven by the school improvement plan, and to assist with evaluating the effectiveness and quality of the school library program
- Ensure the effective integration of both AASL & ASTE and The Independent School’s learning standards and Literacy Skills through the use of coaching and cooperative teaching methods.
- Serve as an advocate for the school's library programs and services by utilizing a variety of communication and technology tools.
- Participate in professional growth activities that result in enhanced knowledge of best practices in school library programs.
- Lead by modeling and teaching the skills necessary to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively and responsibly.
- Collaborate with classroom teachers and other specialists to develop and integrate assignments that are instructionally sound and include key critical thinking, literacy and social skills, and instructional technology.
- Create partnerships by attending grade level/department meetings, reviewing pacing charts, serving on the school’s leadership team, and participating in other committees such as technology and curriculum committees
- Provide active learning experiences and opportunities to meet the diverse needs of students.
- Assess student learning before, during and after lessons; alter instruction to meet group/individual needs.
- Promote reading in traditional and innovative ways such as social media, digital media and print.
- Develop initiatives to encourage and engage learners in reading, writing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.
- Collect and analyze data to improve instruction and to demonstrate correlations between the school library programs and student achievement.
- Create and maintain an inviting, safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that fosters intellectual inquiry.
- Collaborate with teaching staff to create an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, and ensures resource‐based instructional practices.
- Ensure flexible and equitable access to resources that support the student’s academic and personal learning needs.
- Develop and maintain an up‐to‐date, culturally diverse collection of print and non‐print resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, the teaching styles, the instructional strategies used, and reflect students’ interests.
- Use available statistics to make data‐driven financial and program development decisions regarding the library collection and program.
- Manage the duties of volunteers in the media center.
- Organize and establish fundraisers to support the library media resource center's needs.
- Provide leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats.
- Ensure equitable and ethical use of information.
- Teach students to follow an inquiry process as they ask questions, evaluate and collect information from multiple sources to construct understanding by thinking critically.
- Encourage the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning.
- Provide 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community.
- Assume a leadership role in modeling and teaching the skills necessary to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively and responsibly for students, staff and administration.
- Work with staff, administration and other specialists to ensure that information literacy skills are embedded systematically throughout the school and the library instructional program.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree required with teaching experience. Professional Licensure with an endorsement in Library Media and experience as a Library Media Specialist preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The position requires standing/walking, sitting, lifting to 30 lbs., repetitive hand movements (including simple grasping, pushing/pulling, fine manipulation), bending, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and reaching. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential tasks.