The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools library program is designed to nurture children's love of literature and their enthusiasm for investigating the existing body of knowledge on any given subject of interest. The Lower School Librarian reports to the Lower School Principal and has day-to-day responsibilities for the operation of Knes Family Library in partnership with one other professional librarian. The librarian guides students in the Lower School as they become skilled and effective library users, developing lifelong habits of reading, inquiry, curiosity, and creativity. Students learn to locate and navigate print and online resources, beginning to learn research strategies and the recording of citation information. Students in the Lower School also develop an appreciation of writing styles and oral storytelling, identify genres, and develop an understanding of their own reading preferences through library classes, librarian sponsored programs, and browsing times in the library during which the librarian is available to provide readersâ™ advisory. The Lower School Librarian empowers students to be curious, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic readers. The librarian supports social and emotional learning and the Lower Schoolâ™s commitment to being Kind, Thoughtful, and Responsible. Additionally, the librarian takes a leadership role in the school by sharing their professional expertise with colleagues. The librarian takes a lead in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School by opening minds through access to information and advocacy for intellectual freedom. The librarian will interact daily with students, other faculty members, and other librarians within our schools.
Maintains a student-centered, welcoming, and vibrant library environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning
Teaches weekly scheduled library classes for 3rd-5th grades
Provides one-on-one reference and readersâ™ advisory services daily on a flexibly scheduled basis
Introduces students to research skills along withÂ media and information literacy
Conducts oral storytelling sessions
Promotes a culture of reading in the Lower School through book talks, annotated reading lists, displays, author visits, and reading promotion programs
Envisions and manages library programs
Develops and maintains a deep and diverse library collection to support classroom curricula and childrenâ™s pleasure reading
Provides original and copy cataloging as needed
Coordinates with librarians to develop the librariesâ™ print and electronic collections to ensure equitable access to a diverse array of literature and research resources
Collaborates with teachers to prepare integrated lesson plans and schedule space
Keeps current with trends in technology and their application in a school library settingÂ
Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school
Attends school, department, grade level, and other committee meetings as required
Participates in the life of the Lower School by engaging in activities such as chaperoning field trips and attending assemblies.
Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40 hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2020.
Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
Strong knowledge of child development required.
Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
Analytical skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Organizational skills required.
Computational skills required.
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Physical Requirements for Teaching Positions:
Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property
When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
Masterâ™s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school required
Emphasis in school librarianship preferred
Oral storytelling/folklore coursework preferred
Demonstrable expertise with childrenâ™s literature required.
Librarians with 2-5 years of professional experience working with lower school-aged children preferred.
Prior experience teaching library skills to children preferred, including the use of online resourcesÂ
Experience with oral storytelling preferred
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