Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) seeks a School Librarian starting in the 2019-2020 academic year. The School Librarian manages a beautiful library in the heart of the School containing approximately 17,000 volumes. The Talbot deButts Cain Library serves students from Senior Kindergarten through Grade 8, and the Librarian is a key leader in fostering and sustaining a strong culture of reading among members of our school community.
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400 students from age 2 through eighth grade. The School has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual needs.
Maintain and curate a welcoming library environment and collection that reflects the breadth of students’ studies and the diversity of human experience.
Develop and implement new library initiatives and programs.
Collaborate with teachers to aid student research projects.
Foster a culture of reading and learning throughout the school.
Teach skills related to research, be it through online databases, books, or other media.
Collaborate with teachers and members of the Technology Department to teach digital citizenship and media literacy.
Ensure that the LFCDS library program stays up-to-date with the latest advances in library science and technological tools.
Contribute to the life of the School through participation in activities.
Lead the planning of two book fairs per year.
Oversee and collaborate with faculty during study hall blocks and engage with students participating in independent study.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Professional and Personal Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in library science or a related field is highly desirable.
Experience working with young children and middle-school-age children, ideally in a classroom setting
A love of reading and knowledge of both children’s literature and young adult literature
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Flexibility, collegiality, and a commitment to collaboration
Facility with technology and/or the eagerness to learn new technological tools (e.g., LFCDS uses Google Apps for Education and Follett Destiny)
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references in PDF format to the attention of Kim Bell, Assistant Head of Upper School and English Department Chair, at email@example.com with the subject line “School Librarian.” Please send all materials no later than March 15, 2019.
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.
About Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 30 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.
Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.