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March 21, 2019
Middle School Instructional Librarian
Middle School Instructional 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 primarily on instruction. 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
● Interest in developing student-centered, evidence-based lessons and instruction for grades 7-9
● Ability to teach research and technology skills to middle school students
● Familiarity with a range of common programs (such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) and platforms (such as LibGuides, Twitter, and Follett Destiny or other library management systems) and a willingness to develop facility with new applications
● 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 instruction, particularly Library and Technology 7, but this librarian will also contribute to tasks and projects related to all elements of the library program.

Instruction and Curricular Support
● Teaches multiple sections of Library and Technology 7 — an introductory course covering research, digital citizenship, creation and collaboration, source evaluation and basic technology skills
● Teaches research-skills lessons to visiting classes from History and other departments
● Familiarizes faculty, staff, and students with the latest in information and technology resources and encourages the ethical and judicious usage of these resources
● Collaborates with teachers to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
● Helps to maintain the grade-level and project-specific LibGuides
● Works collaboratively to design, develop and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information

Supervision and Student Support:
● Supervises and assists students in the library during and after school
● Assists in the maintenance of a friendly environment, conducive to learning
● Maintains flexibility (along with other librarians) to open or close the library, dependent on rotating schedule

Library Operations:
● Contributes to ongoing, thoughtful collection development and management
● Assists in directing parent volunteers and student assistants
● May assist in copy-cataloging and processing

Library Outreach:
● Is a visible and active member of the school community who constantly seeks new and inventive ways to cultivate an environment of innovation, accessibility and advocacy
● Promotes the library’s services through events, book displays, clubs, etc.; acts as faculty advisor for Book Bistro, the twice-monthly student book club
● Provides professional development for faculty in the use of information and digital literacy tools, offering workshops and individual guidance
● Takes an active part in the life of the school community by participating in events outside of the library
● 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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