Latin School of Chicago is looking for a collaborative, forward-thinking, and experienced teacher-librarian to serve our students and faculty. The librarian will work with the school community to design and implement innovative learning opportunities. Proven experience working with students in an academic library learning space is preferred.
The ideal candidate will support and grow a culture of reading and critical evaluation of information by building the library program’s presence throughout the school, including via the library space and as a collaborative instructional presence in classrooms.
Spearhead embedded library instruction for 5th-8th grades: develop and collaborate on grade-appropriate research units, including discovery, evaluation, use, and citation of resources; advise teachers on electronic and print materials for classroom use.
Maintain the middle school library space (aka, “The Hub”) through collection management and arrangement including the purchasing, processing, maintenance and deaccessioning of print materials and the purchasing and monitoring of the electronic collection.
Oversee student library advisory committee and student volunteers.
Provide Readers’ Advisory services through one-on-one consultations as well as large group book talks.
Collaborate with upper and lower school librarians to foster a K-12 information skills curriculum, cultivate an effective and efficient electronic databases collection, and establish and evolve library best practices.
Create and execute active and passive programming to boost student engagement.
Perform school duties and supervises activities as requested.
Planning and Preparation
Collaborate with faculty to plan and execute effective lesson plans for students, both inside and outside of our libraries
Create reserve collections and pathfinders to support classroom learning
Conduct readers’ advisory services both in-person and via evolving technologies
Create systems for goal setting and evaluating quality of library service
Work with library team, department chairs, and outside organizations to ensure access to all relevant information sources
Maintain an effective, attractive, and organized environment
Create student-centered routines and classroom procedures
Develop and support a balanced collection that serves as both “mirror and window” for learning community; inventories and evaluates holdings for accuracy and currency
Catalog, process, and display materials in a variety of formats
Manage circulation functions including patron and item records
Promote culture of natural investigation and a love of lifelong learning and reading through classroom/library design
Delivery of Service
Guide faculty in teaching of digital, media, and information literacy
Serve as youth advocate and consultant, especially relating to issues of media mentorship, resource selection, and educational best practices
Assist in budget management
Facilitate author visits, book groups, and other community enrichment activities
Organize adult library volunteers
Maintain library presence on school intranet
Empower all members of the school community to think critically, research thoughtfully, read passionately, and share their own ideas/create their own content
Attend faculty meetings and fulfills assigned building responsibilities/duties
Engage in constant professional development and reflection of practice
Initiate and lead professional development and training for faculty
Required Prerequisites & Background Experience
ALA-Accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science and experience as a teacher-librarian in a 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
Ability to engage professionally and effectively with all constituent groups with the Latin School community
Enthusiasm for continual changes in the fields of education and library and information sciences
Willingness to take risks and embrace ambiguity
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to www.latinschool.org. Latin School embraces diversity of people, cultures, and ideas and is an equal opportunity employer.
About Latin School of Chicago
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.