The individual in this position oversees all aspects of the operation of the Wean Research Library. The Head Librarian develops plans and procedures for improvement of the library program that reflects and promotes the strategic plan of the school. The Head Librarian oversees both the library program and the library space, creating and maintaining an atmosphere that is welcoming, academic, and dynamic. He/she must work collaboratively and professionally with the faculty of the entire school to determine materials for purchase and provide general resources, reference services, and instructional support to members of the school community.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Responsible for collection development which includes acquisition and weeding of library materials and online resources in accordance with the school’s curriculum needs and standard library practice.
Assume primary responsibility for evaluating and selecting materials and equipment for purchase.
Evaluate and weed the library collections as needed.
Do original cataloging as needed and determine cataloging policies and procedures.
Formulate policies and procedures for circulating materials.
Accountable for budget. Determine allocations of the budget and approve payment of bills.
Supervise and maintain library spaces to maintain a welcoming atmosphere of study and cooperative learning.
Teach research classes to grades 9-12, and instruct students and faculty in the uses of online subscription databases, the online catalog, and the proper use of the internet as a research tool, as well as general research and citation strategies
·MLS from ALA accredited institution or equivalent degree
·Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices for teaching information literacy and collaborating on research projects with faculty
·Advanced search and research skills using proprietary databases.
·Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
·Excellent technology skills and experience with emerging technologies
About University School
Type of School: Junior Kindergarten-12th grade, 860 students, all boys, day
Since its founding in 1890, University School has established itself as one of the pre-eminent all-boys independent schools in the country. Guided by a mission to “inspire boys of promise to become young men who lead and serve,” US is deeply committed to the well-being of boys and prides itself on being a supportive, diverse and inclusive community where “each boy is known and loved.” The school’s motto of Responsibility, Loyalty, Consideration is honored, respected, and prominent in the daily life of all members of the school community.
University School currently enrolls 860 students in grades K-12 on two campuses, Shaker Heights (K-8) and Hunting Valley (9-12 on 221 acres), 5.5 miles apart and East of downtown Cleveland. A new Junior Kindergarten program was launched in the fall of 2018. The campuses are extremely attractive and well maintained with a broad array of indoor and outdoor learning spaces ideally suited to the needs of boys. The faculty of University School numbers 137, 118 of whom have master's degrees, 12 have doctorate degrees, three have J.D.s, and... one has a M.D.
University School believes that students learn their most formative and enduring lessons through exposure to and experience with a broad range of perspectives. The school recruits and supports faculty whose backgrounds and training bring local, national, and international perspectives to the school. US admits and supports students who represent economically, culturally, and racially diverse communities within Northeast Ohio. $4.5 million of need-based financial assistance is awarded annually. Students have broad ranging opportunities to explore their talents and develop their skills in new contexts, in academics, athletics, and the arts. Each student is encouraged to discover both his responsibility to others and his purpose in the world.
Over the past 128 years, University School has been led by a dedicated, loyal, and generous Board of Trustees, most of whom are alumni. The school enjoys truly superb facilities created largely by a culture of philanthropy that has been consistently cultivated since the school’s founding. With an operating budget of $28 million and an endowment of $88 million, University School enjoys excellent financial health.