The Librarians plan, implement, and evaluate the school library program. Successful implementation of this program requires creating an environment that fosters a sense of excitement about literature, books, information, and text. It also includes teaching research and information skills, collaborating with teachers in implementing integrated instructional activities, serving as information specialists to assist teachers and students, implementing the latest in information technology to support the work of the library, and performing other related duties that may be required. The Librarians work collaboratively in organizing and sharing day-to-day responsibilities.
The Librarians work with homeroom and special-subject teachers to create an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning. Possible duties for the Librarians include:
assisting teachers and students in selection and use of instructional materials;
taking primary responsibility for the library experience of children within a division of students;
engaging students by reading to and teaching basic library skills to younger students and teaching literacy and research skills to older students;
creating bulletin boards and book displays to promote excitement about books;
helping to coordinate the selection of materials for reserve collections and special units of study;
preparing for and administering special library events, including the Battle of the Books, the Book Fair’s author visits and Library Donation program, the Green Star Club, and the Recitation Contest; and
assisting in compiling and revising summer reading lists and other reading lists as needed.
ADMINISTRATION, PLANNING, AND MATERIALS ACQUISITION
The Librarians complete a range of administrative duties including, but not limited to:
maintaining the automated library management system (Follett Destiny) as the site manager;
consulting with staff and students to evaluate, select, and acquire library books, resources, and equipment;
taking responsibility for book processing and collection development;
remaining current with professional journals and organizations to inform acquisitions decisions;
cataloging and processing new library books, checking in and shelving books, printing overdue notices, searching for missing books, and notifying parents about the status of library accounts;
sharing responsibility for managing the library budget, including selecting and ordering needed books and supplies and purchasing within the budget;
reading shelves and performing annual inventory;
A successful candidate for the position of Librarian will demonstrate:
a passion for, love of, and depth of knowledge about children’s literature and children as readers and learners;
experience in libraries, especially school libraries;
a strong sense of collegiality and ability to work with a large and varied group of constituents (students, faculty, administrators, and parents);
highly effective organizational skills, including a significant detail-orientation;
the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing;
strong technology skills and knowledge both specific to library work as well as more broadly; and
successful completion of the required background check.
St. Patrick’s is an independent, coeducational, Episcopal parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 500 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8 on two campuses. For nearly 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging, coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational ...program that emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
There are three divisions at St. Patrick's, including the Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8). The main Whitehaven Campus is home to students in Nursery through Grade 6 and math and science classes for Grades 7 and 8. The MacArthur Campus, the traditional home to the Grades 7 and 8 program, is located about a half mile away. St. Patrick's also has a regulation athletic field and stadium complex located on the Foxhall Campus, a short distance from the Whitehaven Campus.