K-12 Teacher Librarian, Emphasis in Grades 6-12 (#550431)
SUMMARY All employees and volunteers at Peak to Peak work together to fulfill the Peak to Peak mission statement. The thoughts reflected in this description provide structure to the responsibilities and accountabilities for this position; however, Peak to Peak expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our students. Values we hold high are: trustworthiness, honesty, diligence, open communication, fairness, and politeness, and we expect to see them evidenced in our staff, parents, and students.
The K-12 Teacher-Librarian partners with the instructional staff in the development of student literacy through the administration of the library, providing specialized instruction to students, and overseeing the selection, organization, utilization and maintenance of the library resources. Committed to the process of collaboration, the K-12 Teacher-Librarian works closely with other K-12 Library Media Center staff, the Principals of the elementary and secondary programs, the faculty, parents and students to achieve academic and personal success for students. The K-12 Teacher-Librarian reports to the Elementary Principal and is a key member of the library staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Operates and manages a student-friendly school library in collaboration with key library staff • Participates in program research, development, presentation and K-12 assessment • Selects, purchases, catalogs, and maintains print and non-print resources • Uses and instructs others in the use of Information Literacy Skills • Establishes a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students • Assists students and faculty with reference and reader’s advisory • Writes procedures and practices for collection development, circulation, and use of library resources in collaboration with key library staff • Creates library procedures and practices that assure consistent operations, fair access to information, and open exchange of ideas in an appealing environment • Oversees scheduling and access to computer labs within library media center • Organizes, trains, and directs library student aides and volunteers • Coordinates special events such as author visits, reading promotions, book fairs and exchanges • Provides library update sessions at faculty meetings as needed • Creates and sustains relationships with the Peak to Peak staff, students and families to support a home-school literacy
2. Provides student supervision, appropriate Information Literacy Skills instruction and other instruction in support of the instructional goals of the school • Educates students in Information Literacy, 21st century skills, and digital citizenship skills • Instructs students in developing research skills and related use of technology and materials • Models and encourages reading in a variety of formats (print, multimedia, electronic) • Promotes a love of reading, literacy, and life-long learning through effective reader’s advisory • Collaborates with teachers from other disciplines and grade levels to systematically and meaningfully integrate Colorado Academic Standards, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills • Facilitates book groups, novel studies, or other reading-related activities as schedule allows • Assists library and circulation staff as needed to provide necessary services including, but not limited to, facility monitoring and K-12 supervision, K-12 materials check out, K-12 Readers Advisory and reference, K-12 instructional collaboration and K-12 instruction and assessment services
• K-5 instructional duties include: o Facilitates library lessons, read-alouds, workshops for classes/ groups of K-5 students o Plans and teaches collaborative lessons with K-5 classroom teachers o Consults on classroom-based projects requiring novels, research materials, books, etc • 6-12 instructional duties include: o Plans and teaches collaborative lessons with middle and high school classroom teachers o Instruction and rubric scoring with MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles on student papers/projects o Facilitates library lessons, book talks, workshops for classes/ groups of 6-12 students
3. Provides appropriate materials to support the instructional goals of the school • Selects and purchases high-quality books and other library materials to support K-12 curriculum and programs such as Core Knowledge units of study, class novels, and research databases • Collaboratively supports the development, refinement, and maintenance of the K-12 school library collection to promote the academic goals of the curricular programs • Provides faculty with collaborative instructional services and library resources that support the subject areas being taught • Follows American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and American Library Association (ALA) guidelines 4. Maximizes use of financial resources • Manages the library budget in coordination with key library and administrative staff • Actively participates in seeking external funding through grant proposals and other opportunities • Uses technology and networks to provide the optimal cost/ benefit ratio for resources
5. Other duties as assigned
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
REPORTING STRUCTURE The K-12 Librarian/Library Media Specialist reports directly to the K-5 Principal.