The Benjamin School Library/Media Center Lower/Middle School Campus
Library Media Specialist
With today’s emphasis on lifelong learning and information literacy, The Benjamin School designed its curriculum and physical plant to promote curiosity, exploration and application. Content is important but the application of content and critical thinking will determine student success. Our goal in the Library/Media Center and as teachers is to develop an atmosphere for the following:
Helping students to create and carry out search strategies;
Assisting students in the assessment of the information they find;
Helping students to locate additional, appropriate resources;
Assisting in the creation of presentations, papers and themes;
Teaching students to evaluate their results through critical thinking exercises;
Facilitating the integration of technology and the responsible use of that technology;
Promoting reading as a lifelong habit; a way to unwind and explore the world through fiction and non-fiction;
Collaborating on curriculum development in the following areas: project management, technology, research and innovation.
To that end, the ideal candidate for the Lower/Middle School Library/Media Specialist position should be an excellent communicator with a deep commitment to innovation and teamwork. He or she will be supportive of the school’s mission and the children and faculty we serve. He or she will strive to be available to help them with digital resources, print and non-print media and curriculum development.
At least three years of experience as a media specialist at the Lower and/or Middle School levels and a Master’s degree or equivalent certification in Education/Library Science
Develops and supervises all library policies and procedures;
Creates and oversees all media programming for pre-K through eighth grade (including web page resource instruction);
Supervises all library staff and volunteers;
Collaborates with faculty on curriculum-appropriate research materials;
Develops and maintains the library budget and all administrative tasks;
Purchases and maintains material acquisitions including digital resources;
Serves on the technology committee with Middle School faculty on promoting the use and development of appropriate digital resources and devices;
Promotes the STEM program by incorporating materials and resources for that curriculum;
Processes new acquisitions as needed (those that are not provided by library jobbers)
Coordinates daily operations such as laminating, shelving and other tasks;
Tracks circulation trends, overdue notification, reserves for special classes and periodic reports;
Develops an information literacy curriculum for fourth and fifth graders;
Supervises the Lower School Story Cottage and library classes, pre-K through third grade;
Oversees special events such as the two annual book fairs and Book Character Day;
The Library/Media Specialist serves both the Middle School and Lower School divisions and reports to the Head of the Middle School.
Contact Person: Please email a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no telephone calls.
About The Benjamin School
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1086 students. The Lower School currently serves 448 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 225 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 413 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper ...School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 454 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May, 2017 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.