Latin School of Chicago is looking for a collaborative, forward-thinking, and experienced teacher-librarian to serve students and teachers in grades 9-12. The librarian will work with community members to design and implement innovative learning opportunities. Proven experience working with adolescents in an academic library learning space is preferred. The upper school librarian will report to the upper school director and will work closely with the department chairs to enhance student learning, and faculty instruction.
A. Planning and Preparation · Collaborates with faculty to plan and execute effective learning activities for students, both inside and outside of our libraries
· Creates reserve collections and pathfinders to support classroom learning
· Conducts readers’ advisory services both in-person and via evolving technologies
· Creates systems for goal setting and evaluating quality of library service
· Works with upper school department chairs and outside organizations to ensure access to all relevant information sources B. Environment
· Maintains an effective, attractive, & organized environment
· Creates student-centered routines and classroom procedures
· Develops and supports a balanced collection that serves as both “mirror and window” for learning community; inventories and evaluates holdings for accuracy and currency
· Catalogs, processes, and displays materials in a variety of formats
· Manages all circulation functions including patron and item records
· Promotes culture of natural investigation and a love of lifelong learning and reading through classroom/library design C. Delivery of Service
· Guides faculty in teaching of digital, media, and information literacy
· Serves as youth advocate and consultant, especially relating to issues of media mentorship, resource selection, and educational best practices
· Manages budgets and purchasing records
· Facilitates author visits, book groups, and other community enrichment activities
· Organizes adult library volunteers
· Maintains library presence on school intranet
· Empowers all members of the school community to think critically, research thoughtfully, read passionately, and share their own ideas/create their own content D. Professional Responsibilities
· Attends upper school faculty meetings, department chair meetings, and fulfills assigned building responsibilities/duties
· Engages in constant professional development and reflection of practice
· Initiates and leads professional development and training for faculty
Required Prerequisites & Background Experience
· ALA-Accredited Masters in Library and Information Science and experience as a teacher-librarian in a high school setting
· Experience teaching in an inquiry-based educational environment
· Strong knowledge of instructional design and multi-format resources for youth
· Commitment to engaging in continuous professional development
· Emotionally intelligent; outstanding communication skills
· Enthusiasm for continual changes in the fields of education and library and information sciences; demonstrated leadership and experience in Ed Tech is strongly desired
?Willingness to take risks and embrace ambiguity
For full consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and statement of educational philosophy to the Latin School of Chicago website www.latinschool.org/employment.
No phone inquiries, please. Latin School embraces diversity of people, cultures, and ideas and is an equal opportunity employer.
Since 1888, Latin has been committed to academic excellence in an environment that creates a life-long love of learning and supports students as they pursue their passions. Our school is home to students from throughout the city and suburbs and we value the variety of experiences that they bring to our learning environment. “Of Chicago” is more than a part of our school’s name – those words help to define the school itself.