AASL (The American Association of School Librarians) Division
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a diverse and thriving PK3-12 independent school in Mississippi's capital city with exciting academic and Global Studies programs, invites applications for a Lower School Librarian.
Spanning seven grade levels (PK3 through fourth grade) and housed on its own campus, with approximately 500 students and 50 faculty, St. Andrew’s Lower School is a lively center for learning through development of the whole child. The curriculum builds on skills developed in pre-K and kindergarten, and uses an active, hands-on approach that makes learning exciting and fun. Instruction by specialists in world languages, science, art, music, physical education, technology and “making” complements a strong core of language arts, social studies, and mathematics. Lower School classes are kept purposefully small, ensuring thorough attention for every child.
In keeping with the characteristics of excellence for all St. Andrew's faculty and staff, strong candidates will be professional, self-driven, team-oriented, life-long learners who pursue excellence and contribute positively to the life of the school in various ways. Exhibiting flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor, they will be growth- oriented, passionate about teaching, technologically savvy, and comfortable working with young children. They will embrace fully the school's mission and will be able to communicate effectively with varied constituencies, to explore different subject areas with elementary-aged students, to collaborate effectively across grade-levels and departments, and to inspire students to read, question, research, and learn. They will promote a culture of reading and create a warm and inviting library space for all. Strong candidates will also cultivate critical thinking and learning skills through student-centered, differentiated instruction and help prepare students to function in our increasingly dynamic, interconnected, data-driven, technological world.
Additional qualifications for this position include the following:
a graduate degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program;
background in education and teaching or school library experience;
knowledge of current children's literature and an ability to grow and maintain a diverse, current, and
relevant children’s collection;
awareness of trends in school librarianship and current educational research
a high degree of self-direction and flexibility
Reporting to the Director of Libraries, this position includes the following responsibilities:
manage the two Lower School library spaces including a new Early Childhood library and the fully-
renovated Discovery Center;
work with the Head of the Lower School and other staff to meet specific curriculum and program
select, catalog, and circulate library materials using Follett Destiny;
collaborate with the Director of Libraries to plan strategies for reaching library program goals and to
administer the library budget;
plan activities and lessons for PK3 through 4th grade library classes (which meet once weekly) to
promote a life-long love of reading, research, and learning;
collaborate with Lower School Technology Coordinator, faculty, and other staff in integrating current
technology and information literacy skills into the curriculum.
This is a full-time, twelve-month position scheduled to begin in July 2017. As an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities. More information about the school is available at www.gosaints.org.
To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the characteristics and responsibilities specified above, a current CV or résumé, a copy of higher education transcripts (unofficial copies will suffice initially), and a list of at least three professional references. All materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs and emailed to email@example.com, specifying "Lower School Librarian Search" in the subject line.
Our school library media center is considering a subscription to Netflix. After contacting Netflix, I learned that they would provide library institutions an account. I'd like to know if any other schools have a Netflix account and what procedures do you follow to ensure that films obtained through Netflix and used in school adhere to copyright laws and educational use guidelines. Our budget is limited and rather than purchasing DVD's that may be used only one time by a teacher, this seems like a cost efficient alternative, but we want to do it right. Please share ideas and issues to consider.
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The Lilead Project Releases 2017-18 Fellows Program Application Form
Applications for the second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program are now available on the Lilead Project website. Applications are due on March 17, 2017.
The Lilead Project received IMLS grant funding in 2016 to support a second cohort of Lilead Fellows. The Lilead Fellows Program is an intensive professional development program for school district library supervisors. Like their predecessors, this second cohort will tackle challenging and pressing issues in their districts and work toward transformational change to support student success. UMD’s iSchool will partner with the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) to carry out the expanded program.
The Lilead Project will host three information sessions to provide an overview of the program and answer questions about the application process. Two information sessions will be online webinars and one session will be in-person at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Online Information Sessions: https://webmeeting.umd.edu/lileadfellowsinfo2017/
January 25, 2017, 4 - 5pm ET
February 7, 2017, 7 - 8pm ET
In-Person Information Session:
ALA Midwinter Conference, Atlanta, GA
iday, January 20, 2017, 4:15 - 5pm ET
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Embassy C
To receive updates and reminders for the information sessions, individuals may RSVP by completing the following form: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/SE/?SID=SV_5BEP6DoxS0HN4lT.
Working on an assignment for a class. I am curious how others catalog and shelve graphic novels. I am working at a K-8 as a teacher librarian and we have a collection that spans, content wise, from innocent to vivid. I am wanting to honor Ranganathan by getting the right book to the right reader so I am not sure where is best. What do you think?
"Remember, this is a format that embodies a wide range of material already being collected in school libraries, from biographies and other nonfiction, to adventure, fantasy, science fiction, contemporary realism, and historical fiction. Viewing the professional literature alongside the display, colleagues will begin to think about how they can capitalize on students' interest in graphic novels to further curricular goals related to visual literacy, media criticism, and nontextual information, as well as their potential for use with nontraditional learners, including students with some types of cognitive disabilities and those learning English."
Rudiger, H. M., & Schliesman, M. (2007). Graphic novels and school libraries. Knowledge Quest, 36(2), 57-59. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.bianca.penlib.du.edu/docview/194730792?acco...
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I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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