POSITION SUMMARY: Manage staff, oversee the collection & cataloging of library materials, & develop & direct information programs for students and staff. To help all students and staff become “information gatherers” & to nurture the gift of life-long learning.
SUPERVISED, EVALUATED BY & REPORTS TO: Elementary School Principal & Vice Principals
PARTIAL LISTING OF DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Library Media Center as a Community Hub:
Ensure the ES Library, iHub, & Tinker Lab is a hub for maintaining parent/family partnerships, community involvement, and high student engagement
Foster a love of learning and reading in each student
Remain a visible and active leader within the school community
Teaching and Learning Leader: Program Evaluation, Design and Implementation
Share expertise and lead the visionary process and execution of designing and implementing an action plan to innovate the ES Library design; Support the integration of design/engineering spaces (e.g. Tinker Lab and iHub) and collaboration with Tech/STEAM coaches
Update and develop resources and instructional approach that is aligned with and supports SAS curriculum, instructional strategies, and personalized learning experiences
Collaborate with teachers, specialists, instructional coaches and curriculum consultants to integrate information, media skills and transdisciplinary skills into units and lessons
Collect and analyze data to improve instruction and to demonstrate correlations between the library programs and student growth
Formulate policies and procedures in conjunction with elementary administration to implement the library media program
Prepare and administer the library budget
Keep materials collection accessible and current; evaluate, select and request new library materials and equipment to ensure that we have an exceptional collection of resources to meet the diverse needs of our students which promotes the school core values of diversity and multilingualism
Ensure that material for curricula include information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy to support all students and learning styles
Be an active participant in maintaining and planning technological resources for the library and media center in partnership with technology instructional coaches
Participate in selecting, training and in servicing library support staff and volunteers
Maintain a comprehensive system for cataloging library materials and to Instruct teachers and students in use of the system
Help students and teachers in locating, selecting and utilizing library materials and technology and being an ethical user of information
Maintain and follow school policies regarding materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use
Professional Community Connections:
Remain an active, accessible, and informed proponent of the school library profession
Cooperate and collaborate with the other school librarians at SAS as well as other international librarians at conferences and professional development as well as maintain active memberships in professional associations
That each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.
That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities.
Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee or SAS to only the work identified. It is the expectation of the School that each employee will offer his /her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our organization.
Bachelor’s Degree (required) and Library-Media Specialist Certification or Master of Library Science (MLS)
Five years’ library and/or teaching experience
Prior experience of evaluating and re-designing library/media centers, to support the development of transdisciplinary skills (critical thinking, skillful communication, effective collaboration, creative learning, ethical global citizenship) in students
An understanding and ability to communicate to SAS stakeholders the future purposes of a library-media center in relation to student learning
A learning leader in the area of inquiry-based learning
Strong management and operational skills of resources
About Shanghai American School
Teachers within Shanghai American School are recognized, along with students, as the Schools most valuable resource. Faculty members are recruited and offered employment based upon prior exemplary teaching performance. Teachers must be fully credentialed/ certified for their respective assignments and must maintain both teaching excellence and credentials throughout employment.