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 Middle School Librarian reports to the Middle School Principal and has day-to-day responsibilities for the operation of Rowley Middle School Library. The librarian guides students in the Middle School as they become skilled and effective library users, developing lifelong habits of reading, inquiry, curiosity, and creativity. Students learn to locate, navigate, and evaluate sources as they engage in project-based research coordinated by classroom subject area teachers. The librarian instructs students in critically evaluating print and internet resources, developing strategies for effective internet searches, and identifying and recording citational information. Students in the Middle School also develop an appreciation of writing styles and oral storytelling, identify genres, and develop an understanding of their own reading preferences through librarian-sponsored programs. The Middle School Librarian empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. Additionally, the librarian takes a leadership role in the school by sharing their expertise with colleagues. The librarian helps assist adults in the Middle School community with professional development research and 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.
Maintains a student-centered, welcoming, and vibrant library environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning
Instructs students in media & information literacy, research skills, and digital citizenship
Provides one-to-one reference and readersâ™ advisory services throughout the day on a flexibly scheduled basis, as well as during scheduled classroom visits
Promotes a culture of reading in the Middle School through booktalks, annotated reading lists, displays, author visits, and reading promotion programs
Envisions and manages library programs
Keeps current with trends in technology and their application in a school library setting
Collaborates with teachers to prepare integrated lesson plans and schedule space
Coordinates with librarians to develop the libraryâ™s print and electronic collections to ensure equitable access to a diverse array of literature and research resources
Collaborates with faculty, particularly librarians, across divisions to develop programming that engages the Lower, Middle, and High School communities
Promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the school
Works with members of other departments, such as the Director of Innovation and Technology, to provide leadership in topics like educational technology
Provides original and copy cataloging as needed
Attends school, department, grade level, and other committee meetings as required
Participates in the life of the Middle School by engaging in activities such as chaperoning field trips, attending assemblies, and sponsoring clubs.
Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Computational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.)
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Masterâ™s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school required
Emphasis in school librarianship preferred.
Demonstrable expertise with middle-grade and young adult literature required.
Prior experience teaching age-appropriate research and media literacy skills preferred.
Librarians with 2-5 years of professional experience working with adolescents preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property
When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation
Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
Standard office environment.
Ability to work in a moderate dust environment.
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