This position is located in the WIS Primary School Library at 1690 36th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. It is supervised by the Primary School teacher-librarian and reports to the Primary School Principal.
Duties include some or all of the following:
Implement all aspects of library circulation and reserve services using Follett’s Destiny system and the library’s procedures
Correctly re-shelve materials and shelf-read when needed
Create detailed patron reports in Destiny
Prepare student id’s and manage student library bags
Create and edit catalog records in Destiny
Create reports in Destiny to facilitate collection management
Oversee the processing of all library materials
Create new-materials presentations
Recommend materials for withdrawal and perform withdrawals in Destiny
Perform inventory, if applicable
Mend damaged books
Prepare library space and computers for use (if schedule permits)
Maintain a neat appearance of the library and collection, including tidying shelves and student spaces throughout the day
Create displays, signage, decorations as needed.
Help students, teachers and parents in finding and accessing print and non-print resources, often using the online catalog
Become familiar with the collection and perform readers advisory when needed
Help students and teachers access information found in WIS’s subscription digital resources
Teaching and Programming
Supervise students using the library during their recesses and throughout the day
Assist with classes, including implementing classroom management methods
Help prepare for library classes using the collection and supplies
When needed, step in to read to and supervise classes
Assist with programming, such as author visits, assemblies and school-wide initiatives
Help train and supervise volunteers to satisfactorily perform library tasks: processing, shelving, shelf reading and other tasks.
Clerical and other
Document, receive and monitor ordered materials
Trouble shoot computers and printer issues; refill paper supplies as needed
Monitor levels of teaching and processing supplies and communicate for purchasing
Assist with teaching and library space scheduling using Google calendars
Perform other related duties, as needed
Preferred Abilities and Prior Experiences:
Friendly and welcoming to library patrons
Detail-oriented, accurate, organized and thorough
Effective communicator and problem-solver, able to work independently
Collaborative and team-oriented
Experienced working in an IB Primary Years Programme school
Experienced working on Apple devices, creating/organizing/sharing files in Google Drive and creating documents using current digital tools
Experienced working with primary school-aged children
Experienced working in libraries and/or working towards an MLS
French-speaker and/or Spanish-speaker
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.