Library Media Specialist ($2,000 Recruitment Signing Bonus)

Job | Posted 11 days ago
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Library Media Specialist

Position Purpose

The media specialist provides instructional leadership for the teaching of information literacy skills, develops and maintains a school library collection that has up-to-date digital and print materials and technology, including curation of openly licensed educational resources, and manages the school library as a flexible, multi-tasked learning environment. Collaborates with school faculty and administrators to develop a program that supports the instructional curriculum.

Essential Functions

This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge or skills associated with the duties and roles of the media specialist.

  • Teach the skills of information location, access, evaluation, media literacy, copyright, fair use and other initiatives identified by the Curriculum and Instruction department.

  • Actively promote reading and the development of good reading habits.

  • Maintains the school library’s print, non-print, and electronic collections, and manages circulation of curricular support materials and equipment.

  • Collaborates with teachers in planning assignments and providing instruction that supports the development of digital learning, participatory learning, inquiry learning, technology literacies, and information literacy.

  • Uses National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, School Libraries and the curriculum of the district to plan daily instructional activities.

  • Performs collection development by selecting, ordering, and adding new items to replace and/or update school library resources.

  • Introduces new instructional materials and technologies to staff.

  • Supervises library assistants and volunteers in the school library.

  • Plans and directs special projects that supports, supplements, and elevates the literacy experience through guidance and motivational reading initiatives.

  • Prepares or assists in preparation of the school library budget.

  • Demonstrates commitment to improving professional competence.

  • Assesses student learning on an ongoing basis and alters instruction to meet group/individual needs.

  • Provides support for staff and students computing devices.

  • Generates reports as related to circulation of library materials and budgetary procedures. 

  • Prepares reports as requested by building principal and/or district leadership.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Performs related tasks as required.

Note:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.                
The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.

Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of professional library principles, materials and practices,

  • Thorough knowledge of prescribed school system policies and procedures; 

  • Ability to evaluate library programs and services and to develop improved methods; 

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students and staff; 

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.


  • Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement in Library-Media K-12.
  • Bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment.
  • Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.

Terms of Employment:
  • Salary Range:  $49,316 - 82,609 ($2,944 Additional for Master’s Degree)
  • Contract:          10 Months
  • Benefits:           Employer Portion Paid Retirement, Life Insurance, Contribution to Medical Insurance, Personal and Sick Leave
FLSA Status:       Exempt

Posted By

Suffolk Public Schools

P.O. Box 1549 100 N Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23439

At the following locations

Elephant`s Fork Elementary School

2316 William Reid Drive , Suffolk, VA 23434