Friends Seminary, a Quaker coeducational K-12 school in Manhattan, is seeking a Director of Library Services to lead the Upper and Middle School library operations and programming. The right candidate for this position will be able to work in a collaborative manner with the Lower School Librarian to craft and execute a vision for the Library that is drawn from current best practices and reflects the dynamic and changing needs of students and teachers today. The School’s Library is a vital part of the community and its staff and programs aim to empower young adults to be enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, critical thinkers, and ethical, dynamic users of information. We want a librarian whose enthusiasm for reading and inquiry is matched by the pleasure they draw from working with middle and upper school-aged students and their educators.
Teach students, in collaboration with faculty, to navigate the research process successfully, meaningfully and with joy. Instruction may be provided through Library classes, pushing in to subject-specific classes or conferences with individual students. This position also supports Middle and Upper School faculty in determining and implementing appropriate research skills for students within their particular discipline and curriculum.
Collaborate with library team, teachers, and staff to plan and implement curricular and co-curricular learning activities where inquiry, curiosity, and exploration are valued.
Develop, curate, and promote a collection that represents diverse identities, cultures, experiences, and perspectives.
Maintain knowledge of trends in middle grade and young adult publishing and model a love of reading that is infectious to students.
Encourage self-directed reading in the community through an effective, enthusiastic, and informed reader’s advisory program which includes developing summer reading lists, and disseminating information about literary events in the greater New York City area.
Plan and implement author visits in collaboration with Lower School Librarian.
Supplement school resources by connecting the school and classroom with the public library and other organizations as appropriate.
Manage and supervise a busy library space that aims to support a whole spectrum of young adult learning styles and social-emotional needs.
Oversee circulation and reference services, cataloging, subscriptions, interlibrary loans, the Library’s digital presence on the School’s website, while generally preserving the library as a productive, welcoming space for research and study.
Train and supervise After-school Library Supervisor, Assistant Librarian and volunteers.
Support and promote the values of the school as defined in the Mission Statement and actively participate in current school-wide initiatives to enrich and support the school’s strategic plan goals.
Work in a research capacity to help identify targeted professional development opportunities and grants with the Academic Dean and Dean of Co-Curricular Programs.
Stay connected to faculty, students, and parents outside of the Library space through attendance at student functions, school-wide events, and faculty meetings.
Expresses a value for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, curriculum, and community and demonstrates a cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions with the School community.
Familiarity with national and state standards for information and technology literacy, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards.
Grounded understanding of information literacy and reference fundamentals and instructional best practices.
Experience with an automated library system.
Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA accredited institution.
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Friends Seminary actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
About Friends Seminary
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking and coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006