Job Listing
Posted
November 18, 2021
School
Position
Upper School Librarian
Description
The Nueva School
High School Librarian, Starting 1/3/22

Position Description

The Nueva School seeks a visionary librarian to continue developing the resources, educational offerings, and community culture of our high-school library. Our next librarian for grades 9–12 will have an exceptional opportunity to make their mark on our library experience, in a school dedicated to serving gifted students. We look forward to finding a teammate who brings a curious, warm, innovative, and energetic outlook to this learning hub.

A successful candidate for this full-time role will deftly move between research-skills coaching, helping students choose their next novels, library-website updates, resource purchasing, and more, in a given day. Nueva promises an invigorating, fast-changing pace; since our high school opened in 2013, our staff has shared a collaborative, roll-up-our-sleeves approach toward building and trying out new initiatives, systems, and projects. Year in and year out, our staff remarks on how much they love the hallway conversations and supportive connections in our community.

In our airy Writing & Research Center, the librarian will work directly with students and faculty, and maintain the online and physical collections. They’ll also have a strong hand with the “third teacher,” getting creative with book displays and curating other elements of the library’s physical environment.

In this role, our librarian will:
● Actively cultivate our Center as an inclusive, inspiring, easy-to-use, and comfortable space for all community members to work and to explore new ideas
● Develop the library’s collections and resources; discuss curriculum needs and title recommendations with faculty
● Guide students and colleagues of varying experience in their research questions, and offer students research coaching, with a friendly “deskside manner”
● Handle day-to-day library operations, such as cataloguing, checking books out, and enthusiastically recommending new reads and other resources, especially in conversation with teen students
● Refresh the library’s website (such as adding research guides or highlighting new books)
● Set and monitor an annual budget, handle invoices etc.
● Maintain and evaluate our information resources, such as database subscriptions; support proper use of copyrighted materials and acquiring appropriate permissions
● Host workshops or other events on relevant research- or library-related topics
● Join an advisory group of roughly a dozen students, which meets twice a week
● Collaborate on community-building displays and events within the Writing & Research Center, to highlight elements of the collection, cultural events, and more
● Review our library and information practices, analyze needs, and establish policies and best processes, taking into consideration the overall needs of a PK-12 school, as well as the particular needs of a high school
● Introduce our library’s resources and programming at certain school events, such as parent coffees or admissions tours
● Steer a collection-auditing project begun this past summer, with student volunteers
● Support faculty in coursebook acquisition
● Some data-tracking and end-of-year report-running, such as usage and lost-book reports
● Partner with Nueva Parents Association volunteers in planning and promoting reading-related events, such as the annual Book Fair
● Fulfill a handful of annual staff duties (some on a volunteer basis), such as chaperoning school events, retreats, or trips

The experience we seek includes:
● Strong collaboration, communication, and administrative skills, with a keen eye for detail and a knack for efficient organization
● Outstanding abilities to research and to teach research skills, for a wide variety of disciplines and interests; a strong familiarity with online databases, ebook options, and other library resources
● Comfortable with moderate levels of tech such as Google Workspace, LibGuides etc. (if you’re on very friendly terms with spreadsheets, even better!)
● An understanding of current and on-the-cusp developments in research instruction, information resource administration, and related technologies
● Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver instruction on evaluating sources, the ethical use of materials, information literacy standards, etc.
● Experience and appreciation of independent school environments

This role requires a BA in Library, Information Sciences and/or Education from an accredited college or university, and an MA is strongly preferred. Candidates should also have at least three years of relevant professional experience in library, information sciences and/or education. The librarian reports to the Director of Writing & Research Center. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Other things to know about our library space:

- This versatile two-story space has a couple of mezzanine areas for quieter study and book storage, a fireplace reading area, and a main room with bookshelves, comfortable seating, and moveable desks and chairs. The librarian usually spends much of a day at the front welcome desk or other open study area, and there is also a private librarian’s office.
- Students and faculty alike come here to study and socialize, to see friends and to find a quiet corner, occasionally to bring in a group for a project or presentation. It’s not a silent space, but a considerate one.
- We have air filtration, a ventilated atrium and several windows that open for better circulation.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references at http://nuevaschool.applytojob.com/apply. To address specific questions, please email Jennifer Paull, at [email protected]

The Nueva School is an Equal Opportunity Employer – we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability or sex. We welcome applications from people of color and those with experience outside the education field.

About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted students since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 1000 students PK-12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six different counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.

A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book, That Used to Be Us, in the chapter “Average Is Over.”

Contact
Scott Bowers
[email protected]