General Summary: Supports and aligns the School’s mission through developing and administering a school library media program in the MS. Serves the roles of teacher, instructional partner, and information specialist. In fulfilling these roles, the Library Media Specialist (LMS) works collaboratively with school administration and faculty to develop a library program that supports the curriculum; provides instructional leadership for the teaching of literacy skills; develops and maintains a media center collection rich in both print and non?print materials, and manages the media center as a flexible, multi?task learning environment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops a MS library program that addresses learning and innovation, media and technology literacy, and life and career development.
Empowers all members of the community to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, curators, and ethical users of information.
Collaborates and co-teaches with classroom teachers and specialists as a partner in the instructional process, and ensures that information literacy skills are embedded systematically throughout the MS curriculum.
Creates and maintains an inviting, fun, safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that fosters intellectual inquiry, and is an essential part of the MS learning community.
Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve an optimal learning environment.
Develops and maintains an updated, culturally diverse collection of print and non-print resources appropriate to the curriculum, learners, teaching styles, and instructional strategies to reflect students’ interests.
Provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in al formats to support teaching and learning.
Teaches students to follow an inquiry process, evaluate, and collect information from multiple sources to construct understanding by thinking critically.
Models and develops a commitment to respect justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in collection development and within the learning community.
Fosters exploration, discovery, creation, and innovation.
Empowers students and staff to be effective users of ideas and information, critical thinkers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
Encourages reading in traditional and innovative ways such as social media, digital media, and print, while instilling a love of learning in all students and ensures equitable access to information and resources 24/7.
Models and promotes the ethical use of digital citizenship: copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property.
Serves as an advocate and a resource for the School’s library programs and services by utilizing a variety of communication and technology tools, in alignment with the School’s mission and strategic plan.
Manages the MS library budget, as well as the physical and virtual spaces of the MS library.
Attends and participates in professional meetings, including collaborative teams, MS meetings, and professional development.
Participates in professional growth and development activities that result in enhanced knowledge of best practices in school library programs.
Maintains frequent and timely communication with the community stakeholders.
Completes other tasks as deemed appropriate by the MS Administration.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, and methodologies of teaching and learning, and of current best practices in library and information science
Outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills
Ability and desire to serve as an advisor to a small group of students
Ability to differentiate instruction in mixed ability classrooms
Strong understanding of MS students and developmental differences between grades
Passion for MS and adolescent literature
Strong classroom management skills with the ability and the desire to work with a diverse student body
Ability to work collaboratively with others and maintain positive professional relationships
Ability to read, comprehend, follow and give oral and written instructions
Ability to use and optimize resources effectively
Excellent writing and communication skills
Excellent organizational skills with a strong degree of self- direction and motivation
High level of maturity, confidentiality, and assertiveness
Capable of using tact and diplomacy in dealing with others
Highly skilled in operating technology
Education and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Library/ Information Science preferably from an ALA accredited library program
WI DPI Library Media Specialist 1902 license preferred
3-5 years’ experience in MS teaching and library experience grades 5-8
Experience in educational technology
Additional Salary Information: Plus full benefits package
About University School of Milwaukee
University School of Milwaukee is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students from prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12. Current enrollment is 1,060 students. We welcome candidates that add to our diversity. University School of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity employer. More information may be found at www.usmk12.org.