The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools library program is designed to nurture children's love of literature and their enthusiasm for investigating the existing body of knowledge on any given subject of interest. The Lower School Librarian reports to the Lower School Principal and has day-to-day responsibilities for the operation of Knes Family Library in partnership with one other professional librarian. The librarian guides students in the Lower School as they become skilled and effective library users, developing lifelong habits of reading, inquiry, curiosity, and creativity. Students learn to locate and navigate print and online resources, beginning to learn research strategies and the recording of citation information. Students in the Lower School also develop an appreciation of writing styles and oral storytelling, identify genres, and develop an understanding of their own reading preferences through library classes, librarian sponsored programs, and browsing times in the library during which the librarian is available to provide readers’ advisory. The Lower School Librarian empowers students to be curious, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic readers. The librarian supports social and emotional learning and the Lower School’s commitment to being Kind, Thoughtful, and Responsible. Additionally, the librarian takes a leadership role in the school by sharing their professional expertise with colleagues. The librarian takes a lead in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School by opening minds through access to information and advocacy for intellectual freedom. The librarian will interact daily with students, other faculty members, and other librarians within our schools. Responsibilities: ? Maintains a student-centered, welcoming, and vibrant library environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning ? Teaches weekly scheduled library classes for 3rd-5th grades ? Provides one-on-one reference and readers’ advisory services daily on a flexibly scheduled basis ? Introduces students to research skills along with media and information literacy ? Conducts oral storytelling sessions ? Promotes a culture of reading in the Lower School through book talks, annotated reading lists, displays, author visits, and reading promotion programs ? Envisions and manages library programs ? Develops and maintains a deep and diverse library collection to support classroom curricula and children’s pleasure reading ? Provides original and copy cataloging as needed ? Coordinates with librarians to develop the libraries’ print and electronic collections to ensure equitable access to a diverse array of literature and research resources ? Collaborates with teachers to prepare integrated lesson plans and schedule space ? Keeps current with trends in technology and their application in a school library setting ? Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school ? Attends school, department, grade level, and other committee meetings as required ? Participates in the life of the Lower School by engaging in activities such as chaperoning field trips and attending assemblies. Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40 hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2020. *Interested Applicants submit a resume, cover letter, and professional references to: Irene Fahrenwald at: email@example.com.
? Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school required ? Emphasis in school librarianship preferred ? Oral storytelling/folklore coursework preferred
? Demonstrable expertise with children’s literature required. ? Librarians with 2-5 years of professional experience working with lower school-aged children preferred. ? Prior experience teaching library skills to children preferred, including the use of online resources ? Experience with oral storytelling preferred
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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