Lower School Librarian and Media/Tech Integration Specialist
March 21, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
4 Year Degree
Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located eight miles south of Boston.
Milton Academy cultivates in its students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Embracing diversity and the pursuit of excellence, we create a community in which individuals develop competence, confidence and character. Our active learning environment, in and out of the classroom, develops creative and critical thinkers, unafraid to express their ideas, prepared to seek meaningful lifetime success and to live by our motto, "Dare to be true."
Milton Academy seeks a full-time Lower School Librarian and Media/Technology Integration Specialist beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. The Lower School has approximately 170 students across six grades. We have two, physically separate libraries in the Lower School: the Loizeaux Library in the Junior Building serves students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 and the Perry Reading Room in the Caroline Saltonstall Building serves Grades 3 to 5. The Lower School is known for its rich, interdisciplinary curriculum and strong literacy program.
The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of a wide range of diverse children’s literature and professional literature to support reading for information, pleasure, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. This person must be able to encourage children’s engagement with literature, in and out of school, support students’ habits of creative expression and critical thinking; and instruct the use of technology as part of a library program. The ideal candidate will also have experience teaching reading to children 6 to 9 years old.
The Lower School Librarian and Media/Technology Integration Specialist will work closely and collaboratively with Lower School teachers and serve as an instructional resource consultant, provide instruction in the use of media resources, and support the effective integration and continuous adaptation of new technology throughout all areas of the School’s curriculum. S/he will design and implement projects, both independently and in conjunction with other faculty members, that incorporate various technologies as tools to empower students’ research, critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, collaboration, communication, and presentation skills.
In addition to teaching library classes for each grade level and creating a warm, vibrant, and inviting library space for all, the Lower School Librarian and Media/Technology Integration Specialist will continue to look for ways to integrate with our Lower School curriculum and School-wide initiatives, regularly supporting guided reading groups; keeping classroom libraries current; coordinating summer and home reading programs; planning and conducting programs and activities, including book talks, author visits, multimedia programs; and managing the parent volunteer program. Special academic units include the Grade 3 Mock Caldecott unit and the Grade 5 Massachusetts Book Award program.
The Lower School Librarian and Media/Technology Integration Specialist will work with the Lower School Technology Specialist and will report to the Lower School Principal. S/he will interface with and be supported by the Middle and Upper School library staffs.
Qualifications: MLS or equivalent; experience in an elementary school setting; awareness of library and media science trends; ability to connect collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students; positive spirit; growth mindset; energetic and dynamic; inquisitive; a passionate reader of literature across a wide range of age levels and genres. Flexibility and curiosity are key characteristics, together with a joy for working with children. The ideal candidate will have experience in evaluating and selecting print and digital resources; understand the scope and sequence of library and information literacy curriculum for elementary-aged children; a strong knowledge of teaching methods, learning styles, and educational research related to young learners and young readers; excellent communication skills, including the ability to proactively collaborate with students, faculty, and parents; and experience with classroom technology, especially integrating iPads into elementary project-based learning.
Milton Academy is committed to using innovative instruction, including mobile technology and design thinking theory, to equip our students with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
Milton Academy welcomes candidates who would add to the racial, cultural and gender balance of the School community. Milton Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Milton Academy
Milton Academy, established in 1798, is an independent coeducational national and international boarding and day school, serving 1,000 students in grades K-12, on a 125-acre campus eight miles south of Boston.