Objectives: To implement an effective library program aligned with the mission and objectives of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, and to be an integral part of its instructional program. The program objectives are based on the following common beliefs expressed by the American Association of School Librarians’ Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2009): To instill a love of reading and lifelong learning in all students To ensure equitable access to information in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning To empower students to engage with and understand texts in all formats To train students to be critical thinkers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
Roles and Responsibilities Program Administrator: Facilitates access to the library collection through the management of an accurate and efficient organization and retrieval system Makes resources available to students and teachers through a systematically developed collection and through access to resources outside the school Develops and implements policies and procedures for selection, acquisition, and circulation Establishes guidelines for use of technology tools in the library Manages selection and ordering of materials Administers budget for library resources Informs the school community of new materials, equipment and services that meet their information needs Evaluates and communicates the library program needs to the Head of School Chairs the Scholastic book fair and other fundraising efforts
B. Information Specialist: Organizes and manages the library in a manner that encourages access and most effective use Develops and maintains a variety of media resources appropriate to the curriculum and the diverse teaching and learning styles Evaluates, selects, and makes available resources to meet the specific information needs of the school’s learning community Fosters a positive attitude toward the use and communication of information by students and teachers Encourages students to read for pleasure and continually promotes reading Guides students in reading for understanding and exposes them to diverse viewpoints and genres Understands copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assists users with their understanding of the same, including developing proper academic digital footprints Creates attractive media displays
C. Teacher: Teaches information and digital literacy to help build students’ critical thinking and communication skills Provides instruction in the use of technology to access information outside the library Assures students learn to access and use all types of information sources by employing a variety of teaching methods, media, and ways of communicating information Guides students in the ethical use of information Cultivates peer collaboration for successful learning
D. Instructional Partner/Coach: Plans collaboratively with teachers to incorporate information skills into the classroom curriculum and to assist teachers in developing resource-based individual units and activities Works collaboratively with teachers to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences Participates in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction, assessing student progress, and evaluating activities Offers assistance to teachers in the use of information resources Fosters new understandings and tools of the information landscape Joins with teachers to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning Maintains a flexible schedule to accommodate curricular needs
E. Professional and Creative Outreach: Maintains a useful Web presence, including Library blog (as an information resource for the local community) Professional blog (to connect to the global community) Curation tools (e.g. Pinterest, DIIGO, Symbaloo) Communication and sharing tools (e.g. Twitter, Facebook professional groups)
F. Lifelong Learner: Commits to continual professional development, including Building a PLN Reading professional literature (journal articles, blogs, books) Participating in webinars and workshops Attending conferences and other professional meetings Visiting conference webcast archives
Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree a plus Minimum of 5-10 years of experience Administrative experience a plus Demonstrated proficiency with computer software: including MS Word, Excel, Google Drive Demonstrated effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; customer-service orientation with specific strength in diplomacy and discretion strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team.
Position begins August 2018
Additional Salary Information: Salary based on experience.