Library Media Specialist - Middle School
Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to implement and oversee the school library media program; to provide information, media and literature in a variety of forms and for diverse purposes; to serve as an advocate and support for information access; to ensure that the library media operations and resources are a fully integrated part of the instructional program of the school.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
As a Teacher:
- Provide recreational/research reader advisory based on knowledge of individual students’ interest, abilities, and special needs, including those on individualized education plans and receiving intervention services.
- Differentiate literacy support and provide a variety of resources (print, audio, and electronic)
- Recommend, promote, and purchase resources based on student interest, skill/reading level, and curriculum requirements.
- Use knowledge of national, state, and local curriculum, information literacy standards, and AASL standards for the 21st century learner to construct lessons; use standards to set expectations for students.
- Vary instruction on research strategies, independent book selection, and online resources selection in response to student needs.
- Work collaboratively with staff to plan and adapt instruction to meet the needs of individual students and act as a resource for teachers as they plan instruction and instructional interventions.
- Support faculty understanding that technology is integral to information literacy instruction and provide extensive, appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology.
- Monitor student learning by continually assessing student growth, working within instructional environment and adjusting instruction accordingly.
- Maximize availability of library space, time, and resources for student use.
- Plan, organize, and maintain a program which supports the mission, shared commitments, objectives, and continuous improvement of the school.
- Employ a variety of evaluation strategies to measure program effectiveness and use the information for decision-making.
- Promote the library program through the use of newsletters, periodic reports of activities to the administration, web pages, and positive human relations with staff and students.
- Manage human, financial, and physical resources to maintain a strong library media program.
- Evaluate, select, purchase, manage, and maintain all library media collections following system-wide procedures.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of and skill in contemporary instructional methods and presentation strategies for student learners. Working knowledge of current standard school library media center practices. Ability to initiate, plan, and implement ideas; Ability to create an active learning environment that fosters mutual respect and lifelong learning. Communications skills with fellow teachers, teaching assistants, school division staff, parents and the community.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of a wide range of business and information technology and other related concepts.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
- Hold or be eligible to obtain a Virginia teaching license with endorsement in Library Media PreK-12
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment (Library Media).