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March 21, 2019
Middle School Library Services Librarian
Middle School Library Services Librarian

Harvard-Westlake, a coed, independent school in Los Angeles serving nearly 1600 students in grades 7-12, seeks to hire a warm and collegial librarian for a full-time position at the Middle School (grades 7-9), focusing on library services. The ideal candidate possesses a student-centered nature with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills. Candidates will also be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school. The middle school librarians cooperate with academic departments in a program of library research, integrated information literacy and technology skills, while also striving to support community members’ academic and personal development.

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

• Advanced degree or certification in Library and Information Science or other related field of study preferred
• Previous experience in a middle, high school, college or university library and/or working with groups of children and teens strongly preferred
• Interest in adolescent psychology, cognition, and social development a plus
• Ability to establish and maintain a positive, comfortable atmosphere for students and colleagues working in the library
• Up-to-date awareness of children’s and young-adult literature as well as youth library services
• Ability to teach research and technology skills to middle school students
• Familiarity with a range of common technology platforms (such as LibGuides, Twitter, and Follett Destiny or other library management systems) and a willingness to develop facility with new applications
• Basic knowledge of desktop publishing required; facility with design and layout of promotional materials (perhaps by using Canva or a similar service) preferred
• Strong written and oral communication skills, collegiality, and organization
• Strong desire to join and contribute to a flexible, cooperative, and supportive team, assisting where needed and adapting as circumstances require
• Desire to participate in ongoing professional development with a growth mindset; openness to new ideas and approaches related to librarianship and education
• Commitment to developing their own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence
• Experience with or interest in restorative justice practices a plus
• Genuine affinity for middle school students and interest in working with them to promote positive character development and healthy identity formation

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position focuses primarily on library services, particularly student supervision and library operations, but this librarian will also contribute to tasks and projects related to all elements of the library program.

Supervision and Student Support:
• Provides a welcoming presence as well as circulation, reader’s advisory, and reference services at the library’s front desk
• Maintains flexibility (along with other librarians) to open or close the library, dependent on rotating schedule
• Monitors student behavior in the library, maintaining an atmosphere conducive to collaborative and independent study and encouraging positive interactions
• Answers reference questions, encourages information literacy, and supports students’ and other community members’ research and use of physical and digital library materials
• Maintains appealing library displays and pursues other opportunities to encourage student curiosity and reading for information and enjoyment

Library Operations:
• Manages circulation, including requests for new materials, hold requests, and lost and overdue materials
• Contributes to ongoing, thoughtful development and management of the collection
• Places orders for library supplies and new additions to the collection
• Processes new materials, including cataloging and classification, and makes basic repairs to worn materials
• Modifies records in the library management system to enhance findability
• Coordinates and directs parent volunteers and student assistants
• Maintains the library management system and library databases, occasionally working with members of the IT department to troubleshoot service interruptions

Library Outreach:
• Manages the library’s online presence to promote library materials and goals
• Generates marketing and communication materials for the library program
• Builds and maintains relationships with colleagues in other departments, seeking opportunities to promote free inquiry and library resources in the curriculum and beyond

This position is full-time starting in the 2019-20 school year. Send resume, cover letter and a brief statement of philosophy answering the questions: What excites you most about school librarianship, and what do you consider to be the greatest challenges faced by librarians?

Apply: https://www.hw.com/about/Career-Opportunities.
Christina McClendon
[email protected]

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