Moravian Academy is seeking a passionate and dynamic educator to manage two main libraries and to serve as Chief Curiosity Officer in grades P-8.
The Head Librarian is responsible for the libraries in the Lower School and the Middle School and their associated curricula. The Head Librarian will continually refine the collections, resources, spaces and curriculum in order to help Moravian Academy define and create its ideal contemporary learning commons for grades P-8. In the elementary grades, the curriculum and library resources focus on developing a personal love of reading and an inviting, inclusive environment that encourages students to discover the joys of learning. In the upper elementary and middle school grades, the program introduces more digital resources and instruction to help students develop skills for research, critical review of sources, collaborative inquiry, and their own media curation. Integrating more resources and activities to meet the needs of bilingual students in the Spanish Immersion Program will be a priority. The Head Librarian coordinates a team of three other educators, who teach in and out of the libraries, and an active team of parent volunteers. The Head Librarian reports to the Assistant Head of School.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Be an active, visible champion for reading and for the research process
Manage all aspects of the day to day operations of the Lower and Middle School libraries
Curate the current collections (print and digital)
Design and maintain the libraries as inclusive environments that inspire both collaborative and individual learning
Work with the division directors to schedule members of the library team
Lead students and faculty to find the best sources and information needed
Collaborate with faculty to design research based projects that explore students’ curiosities and passions
Educate the student body in the proper use and form of citations
Build and maintain webpages and mobile digital access for library resources
Establish partnerships with local schools and higher education institutions
Fulfill student-related duties as required of full-time faculty
Collaborate with the Upper School Director of Library and Media Services to ensure a smooth and generative scope and sequence for the PK-12 information science curriculum
Contribute to professional meetings (departmental, divisional, and all-school)
Be a public leader for the libraries and for curiosity, including shepherding the Library Guild of parent volunteers who work in and support the libraries
Submit digital materials, including a letter of intent, resume and statement of educational philosophy, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Address letter of intent to Ann Mindler, Assistant Head of School
Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school
Previous experience in an academic setting, preference given for those with 5+ years in independent schools or similar environments
Proficiency with contemporary and evolving technical tools, starting with: Destiny cataloging systems, Power Library, ProQuest and other databases, Noodletools, digital hardware (iPads, Chromebooks, Smartboards), and applications such as Google Classroom, See-Saw, and Blackbaud.
Demonstrated depth of knowledge within children’s literature
About Moravian Academy
Founded in 1742, Moravian Academy is a coeducational primer-grade 12 independent college preparatory school. The Academy, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has an enrollment of over 700 students. The school has three divisions: the lower school (primer-grade 5), the middle school (grades 6-8) and the upper school (grades 9-12). Our lower and middle schools are located in historic downtown Bethlehem and the upper school is located on a bucolic 120-acre campus in Bethlehem Township, approximately 6 miles from the downtown campus. Moravian Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, and the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education.
Moravian Academy is a church-related school whose Moravian tradition affirms that young people best realize their potential in an atmosphere of love and understanding. We seek to promote the child’s full development in mind, body and spirit. Since 1742, our tradition has encouraged sound innovations to meet the contemporary challenges while recognizing the permanence of basic human values.