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February 22, 2019
Upper School Librarian
JOB OPENING: Librarian
SCHOOL: Harvard-Westlake Upper School
2019-2020 School Year

A Harvard-Westlake Upper School librarian actively reaches out to serve students and faculty and support their information needs. The library cooperates with all academic departments in a team-taught program of library research, integrated information literacy and technology skills.

• Masters’ Degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited institution
• Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience as a school or public librarian is desired
• Teaching experience is desired
• Ideal candidates possess a student-centered nature with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, curiosity, flexibility, a love of learning, and a sense of humor; enjoy working in a lively, team-based environment
• Experience working with students in the learning support area preferred

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Supervises and assists students in the library before, during and after school, depending on schedule
• Interprets and implements library policy and procedures for students, faculty and staff
• Assists in the maintenance of a friendly, supportive environment that is conducive to learning
• Manages training and supervision of student volunteers
• In coordination with other librarians, is responsible for opening or closing the library, with a rotating schedule that might start at 7:15 or end at 6:00.

Instruction and Curricular Support
• Collaborates with teachers to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
• Assists students with the development of information literacy skills
• Teaches basic technology skills to students and answers basic technology and digital citizenship related inquiries
• Meets one-on-one with students under the supervision of Harvard-Westlake’s Learning Specialist to support students with learning differences and/or organizational/executive functioning issues
• Participates in grade level, department and school curriculum development by attending meetings at all levels

Library Operations
• Assists in collection development and management of: books, databases, periodicals, e-books and other resources
• Performs circulation desk duties, readers’ advisory and reference services for students, faculty and staff
• Manages overdues and library billing
• Coordinates access to online resources
• Manages the library’s online presence
• Coordinates cataloging processes at Mudd Library; is responsible for ILL using OCLC
• Helps to maintain Upper School LibGuides
• Promotes the principles of intellectual freedom by providing services and resources that create and sustain an atmosphere of free inquiry

Library Outreach
• As a visible and active member of the school community, seeks new and inventive ways to bring members of the school community to the library and also brings the library to the community cultivating an environment of innovation, accessibility and advocacy
• Promotes the library through contests, book displays, club involvement and other activities
• Works collaboratively to design, develop and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information

• Maintains active membership in professional associations
• Participates in professional activities, organizations, conferences and committees for both library and educational communities
• Maintains a current awareness of young adult literature and services, as well as professional trends, methods, and ethics
• Keeps current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to the library program and the school as a whole.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and a brief statement of philosophy answering the question: What is the purpose of a 21st century school library?

Apply at https://www.hw.com/about/Career-Opportunities.
Patricia Nolte
[email protected]

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