Founded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school. Each Overlake community member is committed to the school's mission to inspire excellence, develop intellectual curiosity, teach responsibility, embrace diversity, and foster a compassionate community.
Overlake is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid, employment, and other school-administered programs.
Director of Library Services / Upper School Librarian
Full Time - August 2019
To apply for this position, you must have a bachelor's degree and a Masters of Library Services or equivalent and must be able to pass a Washington State background check. To apply go to www.overlake.jobs and follow the directions.
The Overlake Library serves the entire Overlake Community with special emphasis on students and faculty. We have a robust program 5th – 12th grade that focuses on research, ethical use of material, media literacy, love of reading, and digital citizenship.
We are looking for a Director of Library Services who…
Has experience with and enjoys interacting with and teaching people under the age of 18
Preferably, but not necessarily, with students in the 13 -18 year old age range
In a school library setting, but we welcome experience in other library and classroom environments as well
Has effective student management skills
Demonstrates a history of an open and collaborative approach to teaching and learning
Collaborates with teachers on research projects across the curriculum
Has the knowledge and flexibility to listen to and brainstorm with teachers on new ideas to enhance student learning as teachers refine or create new projects/programs
Can work with instructional coaches and/or be a part of a Professional Learning Community
Proactively seeks connections with teachers and teaching support staff to better support their work and promote the library’s resources and librarians’ abilities
Demonstrates a growth mindset as a professional
Demonstrates ongoing professional development, as our community puts a high premium on collaboration and learning from others
Joins library/tech associations which may include but not be restricted to AISL, ALA, AASL, Yalsa, NCCE, ISTE, and locally, Washyarg and NWAIS Librarians
Possesses the cultural competency necessary for working with a diverse population in an inclusive and equitable community
Ensures that the library is a safe, inclusive place for everyone in our diverse student body
Demonstrates awareness of the racial, socio-economic, gender, and many other inequities present in the world, and actively works to eliminate them in our community and also to ensure that our library practices and our collection development are inclusive
Communicates well, both in writing and verbally, with a diverse group of colleagues, students, and families.
Maintains clear, frequent communication with students, teachers, and families
Reaches out to our community to promote library resources and events
Maintains clear communication with other library staff
Models a culture of flexible, continuous learning for students.
Is excited to learn and try new things
Looks for ways to strengthen our current programming and to engage our students and faculty with pertinent resources and thoughtful conversations.
Is excited to learn how to use and improve on the specific technologies or methods we currently use
This opening is a full time position, with the following major responsibilities:
Librarian as Instructional Partner and Teacher
Works to integrate the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital and technological literacy) into the curriculum developmental process
Collaborates with teachers to help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate the online world, evaluate resources, find relevant and authoritative information and correctly identify misleading articles and information
Collaborates with teachers to implement planned learning experiences through group and individual instruction, assessing student progress and evaluating activities
Provides and plans professional development activities
Supervises the Library budget, preparing an annual budget proposal and allocating library funds to enhance the library’s resources and activities to accomplish the goals of the program
Selects, integrates and promotes appropriate library technology. Current examples include Ebsco Discovery search, database platforms, ebook platforms, Destiny catalog/circulation software, LibGuides, and NoodleTools
Supervise Library staff, including full time Middle School Librarian and Library Assistant
Creates and maintains the school library as a teaching and learning environment that is inviting , safe, flexible and conducive to student learning
Manages, grows and promotes a wide array of resources including physical material, electronic (ebooks, databases) foundationally and to directly support current curricular needs
Promotes library resources and activities across the curriculum
Stays abreast of current library trends, incorporating new ideas as appropriate
Works with department chairs and administrators to evaluate the library program within the evolving school culture to support student acquisition of necessary skills for the future
Serves as homeroom advisor for a group of Upper School students
Cares for students’ social, emotional, physical, and academic well-being, and serve as advocates for their students, in the role of Advisor
Provides opportunities for students to learn about themselves and develop as young adults through, for example, discussions and activities in support of our social and emotional learning curriculum
Serves as a point of contact between families and the school, and is sometimes called to facilitate meetings between families, students, and teachers
Supports the Overlake experiential education program as a project week leader
Every year, Overlake students embark on weeklong (or sometimes longer) experiential education experiences during project week. Projects range from service trips to our sister school in Cambodia to learning sewing, scrapbooking, or parkour
All Overlake teachers lead or co-lead a project every year. New teachers often serve as co-leader in an established project with an experienced leader, and develop and lead new projects in the following years
The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Northwest. Overlake believes that diversity is an integral part of its mission. The school therefore actively fosters a diverse community that contributes to its educational richness.