The Upper School Librarian & Digital Literacy Specialist manages the library and library materials, teaches and fosters information literacy and research skills, and promotes reading. The librarian engages students and teachers in friendly dialogue to ascertain their information needs using a customer-service mindset and well-honed problem solving skills. The librarian creates an atmosphere that is inviting, welcoming, and engages students and teachers.
The librarian must be innovative, flexible, energetic, and responsive, and maintain the library as a safe, welcoming, and creative space for all. Strong interpersonal written and verbal communication skills required, especially in developing warm, trusting relationships.
Collaborates with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
Builds and strengthens connections between students, information, and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and resources
Guides students in using information for project-defined and self-defined purposes
Supports faculty in integrating research into their classes
Enacts AASL standards to support information literacy skills that will enable students to create, collaborate, and problem solve both locally and globally
Works with faculty to ensure that information literacy skills are embedded systematically and with the use of the LifeReady PreK-12 alignment throughout the school and library program
Works collaboratively with librarians and technology specialists across divisions on innovative growth opportunities that integrate digital citizenship and information literacy into the curriculum
Supports reading for understanding, for exposure to diverse viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
Serves as advisor to an assigned student group, which involves daily attendance and supervision of advisory time
Leads the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats for 24/7 access to library services
Develops and maintains a diverse collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, teaching styles, and instructional strategies used at McDonogh
Evaluates, selects, purchases, processes, catalogs, and maintains print collection
Evaluates and subscribes to a variety of research databases to support curriculum
Espouses a DEISJ perspective in evaluating items for the collection
Organizes and promotes the collection for maximum and effective use
Proactively learns about and shares new resources, including Open Educational Resources (OER)
Guides students and faculty to locate, evaluate, and ethically use information
Understands copyright, Fair Use, and licensing of intellectual property and assists users with their understanding and observance of the same
Responds to reference questions and advises readers
Cooperates and networks with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside school
Creates and shares course- and project-specific documents
Defines the goals and objectives of the library program and directs activities related to it
Manages library budget and maintains vendor relationships to support program goals
Markets library programs, including social media, displays, and bulletin boards
Manages printers, copiers, and other technology in the Upper School Library
Edits and maintains content on library pages of McDonogh School website
Supervises and evaluates support staff (assistants, staff, volunteers)
Assumes a leadership role in modeling and teaching the skills necessary to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively, ethically, and responsibly for students, faculty, and staff
Serves as Department Chair for the library; serves on decision-making teams
Takes an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities
Enacts AASL National Program Standards at McDonogh
Shares expertise by presenting at faculty meetings and parent meetings
Maintains active memberships in national and state professional associations
Remains current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs
Advocates for the school library program and the guiding principles of the profession
Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies or School Library Media. Two - three years of successful library experience, preferably at the high school level.
Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty and students
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Broad knowledge of literature for young adults and beyond
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Excellent research and reference skills
Experience in collection development
Experience with a variety of productivity and collaboration tools including Google and Microsoft app suites
Experience with budgeting, procurement, and vendor management
Proficiency using a Learning Management System such as Canvas
Proficient with library management systems, print and digital research, and critical source evaluation
About McDonogh School
McDonogh School is a community that finds joy in work, in play, and in the discovery and realization of personal potential. Strong, mutually respectful relationships among and between students and teachers inspire a passion for learning, a dedication to personal integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Embracing diversity of background, culture, and thought, the school builds upon its founder's original mission to provide a life-altering opportunity to develop in its students the will "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Founded in 1873 and situated on an 820-acre campus, McDonogh is a day and boarding institution that employs 330 faculty and staff; serves 1,370 students in grades PK-12; has a substantial operating budget and endowment; and just completed a $75 million capital campaign, the largest of any independent school in Maryland. Long been recognized as one of the finest schools in the nation, McDonogh has a reputation for being highly innovative and "on the move."
McDonogh School strives to employ a faculty, administration, and staff exhibiting sound ethical standards and character traits such as moral courage and self-reliance, intellectual confidence ...and curiosity with a love of learning, and the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in a wide scope of educational, athletic, and artistic endeavors.
Members of the McDonogh community strive to have the highest of moral principles, and to exhibit cooperativeness, loyalty, open-mindedness, and sensitivity, as well as attention to physical, mental, and emotional health, growth, and well-being of self and others.