The School at Columbia University is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003, which is 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 that 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 K–8 Librarian Leave Replacement works closely with the other K–8 Librarian and the Library Associates in supporting the library, which serves students and faculty in a K–8 independent school.
The primary duties of the K–8 Librarian Leave Replacement will include, but are not limited to:
Teaching that will prioritize the K-4 weekly library classes
Collaborating with the other K–8 Librarian and the Library Associates, Literacy Liaison, and K–4 teachers to ensure the library program supports the needs of the dynamic, integrated curriculum across the disciplines and reflect the diversity of the school community
Supervising and assisting student readers and researchers in the library
Participating in grade-level meetings and in meetings with individual teachers, to understand their practice and foster collaboration, and to coordinate the library program and collection with their needs
Developing projects that make use of library materials and promote access to library resources within the school community
Preparing displays, bulletin boards, and other promotional materials
Playing an active role in collection development, maintenance, inventory, and weeding
Assisting with cataloging and processing of new materials as necessary
Participating in circulation management
Shelving books and periodicals as needed
Fulfilling duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the “Working at the School at Columbia University” handbook
Participating fully in the active and rich life of TSC, including lunch duty and faculty meetings
At least two years of experience in a school library, or in children’s services in a public library setting
Strong interpersonal skills
Deep knowledge of children’s literature
Strong skill sets in collection development and readers advisory
Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies
Commitment to excellence in teaching and the education of children
Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests and understanding of the nature of integrated curriculum
Experience working with Library Management Systems software, such as Follett Destiny School Library Management System or comparable systems
Experience working with current web-based technologies, including Google platform and online databases
B.A. or B.S. degree in education from an accredited college or university
Fluency in Spanish
Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) or Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree from an accredited university
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience
Internal Number: 985-11946
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.