Media Specialist (#129025)
To conduct the media program in a manner that supports the instructional objectives of the individual school. Assesses and meets information needs of students and faculty and develops programs to stimulate student interest by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
-Makes appropriate print, non-print, and media equipment resources available to students and staff by selecting and recommending the purchasing of resources according to defined school division policies and procedures. -Provides access to resources through appropriate organization and maintenance and by assisting patrons to locate resources outside the school library. -Protects the intellectual freedom of students and staff pursuant to school division regulations regarding censorship and access to information. -Establishes and maintains an accurate and efficient retrieval system for patron use and maintains accurate collection records. -Provides patrons with access to the library/media center by planning and scheduling space utilization and maintaining an attractive, accepting environment conducive to library use. -Establishes and implements policies and procedures allowing for open circulation of materials and protection of patron’s rights to privacy. -Develops flexible circulation and utilization policies and procedures for collections and services; promotes use of the library through publicity and educational campaigns. -Supervises and manages clerical staff and volunteers to support the functions of the library. -Develops and implements an appropriate planning and evaluation model for the library program, its resources, and its services. -Submits budgets requests, seeks funds to support the library, plans expenditures, and maintains records following defined school division procedures. -Plans instructional activities cooperatively with teachers to ensure that information skills are taught as an integral part of the curriculum. -Follows current learning theory to provide appropriate instruction and behavior management for students. -Designs, implements, and supports programs and instructional activities which develops an understanding of literature and encourages reading and learning as life-long activities. -Provides teachers and students with training in the communication of information through multimedia productions. -Provides leadership in the use of new technologies for handling information. -Communicates to patrons the laws and policies of information utilization (i.e. copyright laws). -Participates in curriculum development and assessment within the school and at the district level. -Assists teachers in identifying and locating appropriate resources to support instructional needs. -Utilizes instructional design to assist teachers in developing and improving instructional activities. -Informs the instructional staff regularly about new materials available that support their instructional goals. -Participates in professional growth opportunities that support the Library-Media Specialist’s role as instructional consultant. -Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
-Good knowledge of professional library science principles and practices applicable to a public secondary school library. -Good knowledge of school curriculum and the collection requirements to serve instructional needs. -Good knowledge of library management techniques and requirements. -Good knowledge of reference sources and material. -Good knowledge of software and hardware requirements to support the instructional program. -Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. -Excellent organizational, planning and human relations skills.