Position Title: EC/ES Librarian
Position Summary: The Early Childhood and Elementary School Librarian provides leadership and oversight of all aspects of the ES library collection, budget, physical & virtual spaces and program for early childhood and elementary school grades, as well as promotes the effective use of educational technologies, in alignment with the school’s mission. The EC/ES Librarian coordinates with the MS/HS Librarian to align a coherent whole-school library program. The EC/ES Librarian models the attributes of a future-ready educator and creates thriving physical and virtual environments that connect learners to construct knowledge, collaborate and creatively solve problems. The librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel they are important members of a team. The librarian fosters an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others, while anticipating future obstacles and continually retooling to meet challenges. The librarian is an integral part of the learning process as an instructional partner through collaboration with students, teachers, instructional supports team and school leaders.
▪ Bachelor’s degree
▪ Library certification
- Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a related field
- Three to five years school experience including teaching and or school library experience including collection development and teaching information, media and technology literacies (transliteracy – research, read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools, and media)
- Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with American and other educational systems
- Previous experience with development of digital collections appropriate for early childhood and elementary school aged children
▪ Based on the Future-ready Librarians Framework and AASL Librarian Competencies):
▪ Leader – Demonstrate leadership by creating an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive and through excellent communication.
▪ Technologist – Demonstrate expert use of a variety of technologies and promote the use of technology throughout the early childhood and elementary school
▪ Instructional Partner – Partner with students, teachers, and school leaders throughout the learning cycle to support inquiry and build connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources.
▪ Curator – Demonstrate expertise as an information specialist in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies, especially in digital formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information.
▪ Teacher – As a teacher, the school librarian empowers students and staff to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, exceptional users of technologies, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
▪ Program Administrator – Works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the policies of the EC/ES library program, and to guide and direct all activities related to it.
▪ As a school grounded in the Christian faith, Concordia hires Christian teachers and administrators. Concordia seeks to hire candidates who are able to model their faith, are interested in the complex questions of faith and spirituality, and who are keen to learn and interact with others of different faith positions.
▪ Knowledgeable of professional library and learning commons principles, practices and techniques
▪ Knowledgeable of research methods and techniques
▪ Highly skilled using computer technologies and software applications (experience with Apple devices highly preferred)
▪ Skilled in teaching literacies
▪ Ability to work cooperatively with administration, students, and teachers
Job Specific Expectations
▪ Collaborate with students, teachers, instructional supports team, and school leaders to design and implement inquiry-based units, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
▪ Instruct students and staff in information, media and technology literacy skills
▪ Evaluate and procure print and digital resources, with a focus on digital resources
▪ Network with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide expanded access to programs and digital resources for students and teachers
▪ Prepare and manage a budget that supports the EC/ES library programs and supports the mission of the school
▪ Collect and analyze data to evaluate the EC/ES library programs
▪ Supervise and evaluate library support staff