Position Summary: The Lovett School, an independent K-12 day school in Atlanta, GA, seeks a Middle School Librarian to begin in August 2019. The staff of the Vasser Woolley Library (VWL) works together to develop a strong program of instructional support for faculty and students. The Middle School Librarian helps to create an environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, and excellence. Exceptional communication skills, a willingness to embrace new ideas, and an enthusiasm for creating a vibrant library of the future are essential characteristics for this position. The Middle School Librarian will demonstrate leadership skills by actively identifying opportunities for collaboration with faculty. It is expected that the library staff take every opportunity to engage in conversations that lead to a deeper level of partnership and skill development in our classrooms. Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree from an ALA accredited program and at least three years of library experience, preferably working with students in middle grades. This is a 10-month position, following the usual faculty calendar.
Design and facilitate engaging learning experiences that develop multiple literacies (information, media, visual, digital, and technological) and encourage lifelong learning.
Create an environment that allows for active and participatory learning.
Plan and provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
Select books for the summer reading list in collaboration with VWL staff and Middle School teachers.
Work closely with the members of the Middle School Academic Technology team to find opportunities for collaboration.
Provide library instruction to Middle School students as a regularly scheduled resource class for 6th
Purposefully design curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Middle School students, to complement classroom curriculum, in order to reach a diverse community of learners (academically, culturally, racially, religiously, etc.).
Actively promote a love of reading.
Work in partnership with the Middle School Academic Technology team and faculty to promote digital literacy and digital citizenship.
Assist students and faculty in locating reading and/or research materials.
Select materials for the VWL with emphasis on materials for the Middle School curriculum.
Promote ethical use of information.
Assist in all typical library activities including, but not limited to, collection evaluations, weeding, cataloging, processing, inventorying, and creating and maintaining displays.
Help with the maintenance of the VWL web pages.
Assist with the general maintenance of the library areas.
Confer with Dorothy Floyd Library (Lower School) staff regularly about instructional activity and other projects.
Attend all library meetings and serve on committees as appropriate.
Take part in faculty responsibilities in the Middle School including department and team meetings, faculty meetings, committee responsibilities, etc.
Maintain memberships in professional associations.
Participate in professional development opportunities, including connected learning.
Ensure that students adhere to The Lovett School behavioral guidelines.
Participate in the life of the school outside of the classroom.
Fulfill additional duties as assigned, including responsibilities that may occur on weekends and evenings (e.g. admission open house, observations, and interviews).
Position Requirements (knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform satisfactorily in the position):
A master’s degree from an ALA accredited program is strongly preferred.
A minimum of three years’ experience in a school library environment is preferred.
Attention to detail, organizational skills, and capacity for follow-through.
Superior customer service skills and excellent listening skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects with deadlines at the same time.
Working knowledge of databases (online subscriptions), computer programs used by the library and Middle School, and basic computer troubleshooting.
The drive, organization, and flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment, contributing to the school community beyond the classroom.
Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective communication with students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors.
Employment of a variety of techniques, including the meaningful use of technology, to engage students and further their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
A strong desire to work in a collaborative learning community, employing a growth mindset and participating in ongoing professional development during the school year and summer.
Desire and ability to develop an atmosphere of trust and knowledge of students as individuals.
Commitment to developing one’s own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence.
Ethical behavior, professionalism, and regular and reliable attendance.
The Lovett School Mission: The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young
men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in
college and in life.
The Lovett School Vision for Learning: Lovett offers experiences that inspire our students
to love learning. We encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively, engage
creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We provide the opportunities and resources that
help our students develop independence and self-direction and extend their learning beyond
the walls of the classroom as they grow intellectually, emotionally, physically,
aesthetically, morally, and spiritually.
The Lovett School Diversity Mission Statement: The Lovett School celebrates the
uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming
environment. We recognize that our community is enhanced as we seek to appreciate and
respect the differences among our students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. We are
committed to supporting this environment through classroom instruction, professional
development, and other curricular and co-curricular programming, and in accordance with
our nondiscriminatory policy.
NOTE: The Lovett School employment process includes a post-offer drug (hair) test and background check. See the employment application for more information.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands from wrist to finger, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.