posted August 1, 2014 11:36 AM
Job ID: 922452
Application Deadline: July 24, 2014
Posted: July 14, 2014
Starting Date: August 25, 2014
General Description: The Elementary Library Media Specialist is a teaching position that is focused on planning and teaching with colleagues to integrate library media curriculum and other curriculum areas. This position also trains teachers to use audio visual/technological instructional materials throughout the school.
Reports to and is evaluated by: Building principal of each school. Also works with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, other Library Media Specialists and the Library Media Coordinator.
Terms of Employment: The Library Media Specialist will be employed under the terms and conditions of the specific contract between Reading Public Schools and the Reading Teachers Association. The work year for the Library Media Specialist is full time for 185 school days. Compensation: Negotiable in accordance with the contract executed between the Reading Teachers Association and the Reading Public Schools.
Qualifications: Education and Experience:
• Holds a Master's degree from an accredited college or university
• Has a successful teaching background at the elementary level
• Has valid Massachusetts Library Media Specialist Certification teacher certification, or is in the process of pursuing, Library Media Specialist Certification.
• Demonstrates knowledge of computer hardware and software and other technologies and an in-depth understanding of curriculum development, instruction, assessment, and of technology integration.
• Has evidence of outstanding professional accomplishments and experiences.
• Has excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, assessment data, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, correspondence, or procedure manuals; ability to effectively provide training, present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff, and the general public; ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional programs; ability to plan and implement lessons and/or workshops; ability to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships with administrators, teachers, students, peers, parents, and community; and ability to speak clearly and concisely in written or oral communication.
The Superintendent may add or substitute other qualifications relevant to the position.
Essential Functions and Duties:
1. Collaboratively designs, prepares, and implements lessons and units of study that integrate library media skills into other curriculum areas.
2. Organizes, publicizes and implements staff development opportunities for all staff, including reflection, follow-up, and revision.
3. Teaches library and research skills with classroom teacher to classes as well as to individual students.
4. Encourages a love of reading; provides enrichment opportunities and attempts to accommodate the diversity of student needs, interest and abilities.
5. Provides reference services and assistance in locating information.
6. Promotes the awareness and use of new instructional technologies and audiovisual materials.
7. Acts as a resource person in matters concerning library media, technology, audiovisual equipment and materials and their use in the school instructional program.
8. Exercises general supervision in scheduling of materials and equipment for classroom use.
9. Assists in the production of simple audiovisual and library media materials.
10. Arranges for maintenance and repair of audiovisual and library media center equipment.
11. Represents the school in professional organizations related to instructional media.
12. Conducts annual inventories of equipment and materials.
13. Develops in consultation with the principal and staff, an annual budget for purchase of library media and audiovisual materials.
14. Organizes the storage and handling of audiovisual materials for convenience, availability, and effective use.
15. Utilizes input from faculty, students, and professional evaluation tools to requisition library media and audiovisual materials that represent a wide range of subjects, viewpoints, cultures, grades, and interest levels.
16. Supervises the ordering, processing, circulation, shelving, inventorying, and weeding of materials and equipment.
17. Works with the instructional technology specialist and technician (if applicable) to supervise the ordering of technology hardware and software pertinent to the library media center.
18. Organizes an inviting library media facility and promotes appropriate student conduct. 19. Supervises the work of library aides (if applicable) and volunteers.
20. Cooperates with the Coordinator of the Library Media program and with other Library Media Specialists in the development of district wide endeavors, in sharing information, and in utilizing the resources of the Reading Public Library.
21. Publicizes library media programs and resources and encourages community participation, where appropriate.
22. Participates on district wide curriculum committees and other building or system-wide committees.
23. Pursues professional development via attendance at workshops, conferences, and courses.
24. Works with colleagues and students to help maintain the school and district web pages.
25. Works with the instructional technology specialist or technician to develop and implement a scheduled maintenance plan that includes updating and upgrading all computers, administrative software, educational software, and managerial software pertinent to the library media use.
26. Works with the instructional technology specialist to set up technology or audio visual equipment for after school or night school meetings.
27. Models and teaches legal and ethical practice related to technology and library media use.
28. Performs other related duties as assigned by the building principal.
Supervises: The library media specialist does not supervise or formally evaluate any employee.
Physical Demands: The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk and talk. The employee must be able, on occasion, to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
Work Environment: The employee will be working in a normal school environment with an acceptable level of noise. Selection Guidelines: Interested candidates need to apply and will participate in an interview process. The candidate will be recommended by the building principal for appointment by the Superintendent of Schools.
Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1
Equal Opportunity Employer
Reading Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a copy of your Mass
Teacher's Certification through School Spring.
- Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
Catherine Giles, Principal 333 Charles Street Reading, Massachusetts 01867 Phone: 781-944-7831
Apply for this job online at http://www.schoolspring.com/job?922452