The Interim Library Media Specialist is an essential link in the educational learning community and is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the school library program. The goal is to assist all students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information to solve problems, think critically, and to satisfy their own curiosity through research and reading experiences. In addition, the interim library media specialist works with teachers and students to assist in teaching the research process that culminates in a formal written composition.
Responsibilities include the following:
Maintains a variety of materials that invites intellectual curiosity and assists students in acquiring information from various learning resources.
Develops a research and library skills program relating to the needs of the students.
Assists students in becoming effective users of library resources.
Oversees all existing library programs, including visiting Author Series and Book Fair.
Interfaces with teachers keeping them informed of current materials and facilitate their use of all library resources.
Maintains a comprehensive and efficient system for cataloging library materials and instructs teachers and students on the use of the system.
Integrates library services and multimedia materials with the instructional program.
Coordinates the development of the summer reading lists and effectively communicates this to parents and teachers
Shows professional growth by continuing with education, attending conferences and workshops, keeping current on new technology developments, reading professional literature, and participating in area (HAISLN) functions.
Joins with teachers to identify links with curricular content, learning outcomes, student information needs, and information resources.
Guides and directs all the activities related to the library media program and provide the knowledge and vision to steer it creatively in the 21st century.
Works with Technology Department in the development and implementation of a Maker Space and/or STEAM Lab
The interim will perform duties outside of the classroom, during set hours, when they are not teaching Library and students are not present. This may include helping in classrooms, research, and assisting with Recess, Carpool, and Lunch amongst other duties.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Embodies Organizational Image - Supports and actively promotes the organization. Positively reflects the organization’s core values and addresses actions that don’t align with those values.
Establishes Credibility - Actions and words are aligned; presents facts in an accurate manner and is willing to admit mistakes.
Builds Student Skills and Confidence - Makes students a top priority and works to build their trust. Focuses on discovering and meeting students’ needs and fosters an environment which results in mutual cooperation and respect.
Builds Collaboration - Fosters collaboration; ensures others are well informed of changes, initiatives, and progress.
Demonstrates Flexibility/Resilience - Adapts to and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals, or groups. Can manage pressure effectively and cope with setbacks.
Displays Emotions Effectively - Expresses reactions and opinions with genuine emotion; emotions are not hidden but also not overblown. Handles intense interactions and emotionally charged situations effectively.
Builds Rapport - Puts others at ease, easily relates to people and establishes rapport by creating common ground.
Master’s Degree with Library Certification preferred
Library experience preferred
Ability to write and speak effectively
Ability to work well with other teachers
Expressions of interest in this position along with a resume, cover letter, statement of educational philosophy and leadership, and references should be emailed in PDF form to Brenda Lockett, Assistant to the Head of School at firstname.lastname@example.org. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.
About The Fay School
The Fay School is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit, co-educational school in which children of diverse talents and backgrounds with strong academic abilities are offered a high-quality education in a secure, enriching and academically challenging environment. Here children learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, ethically, and artistically while developing self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning through an active partnership among educators, parents, and students.
Students of The Fay School learn what it means and how to become Prepared, Well-Rounded, and Articulate–three essential cornerstones for success as they move forward in life.
We prepare students for entrance into and success within Houston’s finest middle and upper schools. Our progressive and rigorous curriculum is exclusively preparatory in nature and our graduates are successful throughout the city of Houston.
Our well-rounded students are grounded in an appreciation of community and global awareness. Our “Fay Family” is central to the ethos of our international culture and the diversity of thought and experiences our students enjoy.
We believe communication is paramount to success and we teach our students to articulate their thoughts, values, and aspirations. At Fay, success is found in our students’ poised and compelling communication with peers and adults alike.
Adding to the rigor of our academic program, The Fay School’s most distinguishing factor is our Leadership Development Program. Grounded in both emotional intelligence and human capital strategy, The Fay School’s vision is to deliberately build and educate the next generation of leaders for our world. Our students experience leadership training and curriculum typically reserved for Fortune 500 companies and they graduate from Fay with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.