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Librarian

  • Period: To Be Determined
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date for applications: March 31, 2016
Job Purpose

To lead the library effectively with clear evidence of the school's tagline: "International. Individual. Inspirational." and Nord Anglia Education's, "Be Ambitious. This position helps manage a team of parent volunteers, and works with parents, students and staff.

Core Requirements of the Post

To be an effective professional who demonstrates a passion for library science and takes responsibility for professional development, while providing opportunities for pupils in line with the ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy that is a core Nord Anglia Education expectation.

The person appointed will:

  • Inspire trust and confidence in students and colleagues;
  • Build team commitment with colleagues and engage and motivate pupils in the library;
  • Improve the quality of students' learning;
  • Contribute to the school improvement/development planning and promote the learning priorities of the school development plan in the context of the library;
  • Contribute to the development and/or implementation of school policies;
  • Promote the wider aspirations and values of the school.
Planning, Teaching and Library Organization
  • The librarian plans, arranges, administers, and implements the library information center program.
  • She or he organizes, establishes, and supervises routines and procedures for the smooth operation of the library information center.
  • He or she has technological expertise in electronic information resources available in the content areas.
  • The librarian creates and maintains an atmosphere that encourages student and faculty library use.
  • She or he updates personal expertise by keeping aware of best practice, belonging to professional organizations, and studying and analyzing library, media, and educational trends.
  • The librarian’s role is one of an educator, administrator, innovator, and information consultant, a professional who is expected to take a leadership role in implementing the school’s educational program.
  • Maintains an efficient system of classifying, cataloging, and circulating all library materials; instructs teachers and students in the use of the library system.
  • Keeps records of student use, circulation, purchases, and losses.
  • Supervises the regular inventory of library materials, evaluates the collection, weeds obsolete and worn materials, and updates inventory records and the catalog.
  • Creatively and energetically promotes literacy, reading, and library use through such activities as storytelling, book talks, displays, publications, and special events.
Pastoral
  • Be aware of the physical and emotional well-being of pupils and the need to respond to particular situations and alert appropriate staff to problems experienced by students and make recommendations as to how these may be resolved.
  • Comply with and assist the School in the implementation of any rules and regulations which the school may from time to time issue to ensure the efficient operation of the school and the welfare and interests of its students and employees.
  • Liaise with other agencies e.g. school nurse, ALN and EAL staff, school counsellors and educational psychologist/therapists as required and contribute to the preparation of action plans and other support mechanisms.
  • Communicate effectively with parents of students, liaising with other staff as appropriate.
Leadership
  • Be an outstanding role model.
  • Have particular responsibility for providing guidance and support in all matters related to the library sciences curriculum whilst coaching and mentoring subject teachers to be the best they can be.
  • Assists teachers in identifying and accessing materials to support content-area instruction as well as professional growth.
  • Support teaching staff the appropriate skills and expertise to utilize the library.
  • Work with the Logistics Coordinator to schedule lessons and plan events taking place in the library.
  • Lead the school’s drive to achieve and exceed the targets set for students through learning support established with the resources within the library.
  • Works collaboratively with many groups within the school culture: parents, teachers, students, administrators, and community members.
Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Contribute to whole school learning initiatives during term including celebrations, reading experiences, and out of classroom learning activities.
  • Organize events for World Book Day.
  • Assist with events hosted in the library as necessary.
  • Develops relationships within the community allowing for enhancing learning objectives. 
Candidate Specifications

MA in School Library Science or equivalent

Preferred

Experience

3+ years library/media experience

Preferred

Experience of being part of a highly successful department and school

Desirable

Deep knowledge of research, reading, writing and literacy development

Essential

Working in partnership with parents

Essential

Skills and Personal Attributes

 

Excellent  oral and written communication skills

Essential

Ability to engage children and enable them to perform highly

Essential

Passionate about education and young people

Essential

Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development

Essential

Confident global citizen or a willingness to become one

Essential

Understand the complex and demanding environment of an international school community

Essential

High levels of personal integrity.

Essential

Excellent organisational and time-management skills

Essential

Attention to detail

Essential

Ability to work under pressure and remain calm

Essential

Willingness to take on multiple tasks

Essential

Proactive and able to prompt others to ensure deadlines are achieved

Essential

Self-motivated and enthusiastic

Essential

Ability to work independently

Essential

Continually strive for improvement

Essential

Adaptability

Essential