Roycemore School seeks a new Media Center Specialist beginning July 2018. Now in its 102nd year, Roycemore is a highly regarded, coeducational independent school for students from 3 years old through 12th grade. Located in Evanston, Illinois, on the north side of Chicago, Roycemore enjoys a long-standing relationship with Northwestern University including the Northwestern option, where high school students can choose to take college courses at the University as dual-enrolled students for no additional charge.
The Media Center Specialist will provide the leadership and expertise to ensure the library media program is aligned with the mission, vision and goals of Roycemore School and is an integral component of the school’s instructional program.
The Media Center Specialist will report to the Director of Curriculum & Innovation.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Create a school “learning commons” by developing and administering an integrated school library media program. Instruct students and staff in effective use of the media center, information and technology literacy skills, and use of equipment. Evaluate, select and procure print and digital resources and related equipment. Develop policies and procedures to ensure efficient operation, services, and facility use for a 21st century school library media program. Implement a results-oriented information and technology literacy skills curriculum integrated with subject area curriculum through partnerships with teachers. Instruct teachers, administrators, and other staff in the use of new information technologies. Recommend and procure resources for staff for use in meeting their instructional objectives.
To ensure staff are effective users of information, ideas, and effective users of technology for instruction.
To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and discerning, technologically literate, ethical users of information.
To instill a love of lifelong learning in all students.
To ensure equitable access to information and learning resources.
To collaborate with teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and instructional units.
To collaborate with teachers and specialists to assess student learning and instructional effectiveness.
Develop a school library media program that addresses 21st Century skills, including life and career development, learning and innovation, and information, media, and technology literacy.
Create and maintain a media center that provides a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, readily accessible, and conducive to student learning.
Actively promote reading, information literacy skills, and information resource use through activities including book clubs, reading programs, reading initiatives, and other special events.
Instruct students and staff in information and technology literacy skills, including reading for understanding, the research process, engaging inquiry, collaboration, critical thinking, developing multiple literacies, and understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property. This includes planning and teaching several Lower and Middle School Library classes.
Cooperate and network with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide expanded access to resources for students and teachers.
Develop policies and procedures that ensure maximum accessibility, efficient operation, effective services and facility use. This includes policies and procedures for physical access, electronic access, selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, and materials challenges.
Establish annual and long-term measurable goals for the school library media program that are aligned with the school mission and vision.
Lead colleagues through staff development programs that incorporate best practices in the use of information resources, multimedia technology applications, and online learning.
Work as an instructional partner by collaborating with teaching staff in preparing and delivering lessons that incorporate effective use of information resources and build information literacy and reading skills.
Develop and maintain a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, students, and teaching and learning styles inherent within the school community.
Implement and maintain automated catalog, circulation system, and textbook check-out services, including student obligations and responsibilities for materials.
Prepare a program budget that supports the school library media program goals.
Collect and analyze data to periodically evaluate the school library media program for continuous improvement against measurable goals and communicate program results with administrators, staff, and the community.
Supervise support staff, which may include work study students and volunteers.
Oversee the school’s textbook purchasing program by working with the vendor and assisting parents and teachers as needed.
Assist the records department in organizing, archiving, and obtaining student files as needed.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree, advanced degree in library science preferred
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTES:
Experience with instruction on information and technology literacy skills, including the research process
Experience in evaluating and selecting print and digital resources
Expertise in basic technology, including computer operation, productivity software, and basic network knowledge • Communication skills, including the ability to proactively collaborate with students and staff
Knowledge of instructional methods, strategies, and pedagogy
Knowledge of curriculum development processes and learning theories
Ability to successfully interact with students and staff from various disciplines and with differing skill levels
Familiarity with national and state standards for information and technology literacy, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards.
Knowledgeable about the use of various technology tools tools for instruction.
Proactive, optimistic and positive attitude
Energy and enthusiasm for the school
Confident but humble
High emotional intelligence and cultural competency
Self-Directed and yet embraces the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues
Understanding of and appreciation for students from a young age through adolescence
High degree of integrity, discretion, and trustworthiness
Professional demeanor and presentation
Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and curiosity in order to improve performance and results.
Internal Number: Media
About Roycemore School
Roycemore School is a college preparatory, co-educational day school located in Evanston, IL which serves roughly 270 students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) through Grade 12. Our mission is to inspire and nurture excellence and prepare each student for success in higher education and in a dynamic and complex world. Read more at www.RoycemoreSchool.org.