The School at Columbia University (TSC) is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003 that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The community is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.
Reporting to the Director of Technology, the Library Associate works closely with the Librarians in supporting the library, which serves the students and faculty.
The primary duties of the Library Associate will include, but are not limited to:
Assist with K–8 library classes
Supervise and assist student readers and researchers in the library
Learn about new developments in the education and library field, and practice implementing them
Assist with development of K–8 library and research curriculum
Participate in grade-level meetings as required, and in meetings with individual teachers, to understand their practice and foster collaboration, and to coordinate the functioning of the library with their needs
Conceive and develop projects that make use of library materials
Prepare displays, bulletin boards, and other promotional materials
Assist in collection development, maintenance, inventory, and weeding
Assist with cataloging and processing of new materials
Manage circulation of library materials
Shelve books and periodicals
Fulfill duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the “Working at The School at Columbia University” Guidebook
Participate fully in the active and rich life of TSC, including lunch duty, faculty meetings, etc.
Strong skill sets in children’s and young adult literature; library and information services; book selection, procurement, and organization; readers advisory; knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, reading and recommending books for children and young adults.
Experience and interest in working with the latest technologies, including the Google platform and library databases. Strong speaking and writing abilities and interpersonal skills.
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 985-11862
About Columbia University
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.