The Browning School is a K-12 boys school located on 62nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York. Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving roughly 400 students in kindergarten through grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting.
MISSION STATEMENT AND VALUES
The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world.
The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds these values…
HONESTY We speak the truth, act with integrity, and take responsibility for our actions.
DIGNITY We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community.
CURIOSITY We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us.
PURPOSE We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.
BROWNING PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING Boys come to Browning to be known, challenged, and inspired. When a boy’s capacities and aspirations are known and understood by his teachers, that boy can be guided, year after year, to take increasing ownership of his learning. He will develop the disposition not only to respond to others’ questions, but also the ability to craft questions of his own, questions that will drive his class’s process of inquiry. Through this activity, the boys are likewise challenged to ask similar searching questions of themselves. It is through this questioning that they come to understand their identities as intellectual and moral agents, and recognize the opportunities they have to develop and refine their senses of self and character. In reflecting upon the bigger, essential questions that arise from their self-examination and academic work alike, Browning boys are inspired to seek a deeper level of understanding and to build a sense of purpose that will engage their passions and skills in the service of the world beyond themselves.
POSITION DESCRIPTION The Browning School seeks an experienced, dynamic Lower School Librarian for the 2021-2022 academic year. The position is expected to begin orientation on August 16, 2021 (tentative date).
The Browning School library aims to support the curricula of the Browning School by providing students with access to print and digital materials that will enhance, supplement, and reinforce their classroom work. For Lower School students, weekly visits to the library help establish a love of reading and build an early understanding of research techniques, as well as use of library resources for academic work. The Lower School Librarian reports to the Head of Lower School and has day-to-day responsibilities for the operation of the K-4 library. The Lower School Librarian guides students as they develop reading skills, become effective library users, and establish lifelong habits of reading, inquiry, and curiosity.
Teaching weekly library classes to students in kindergarten through grade 4.
Creating strong relationships with students built on Browning’s core values of honesty, dignity, curiosity, and purpose
Building an enthusiastic and welcoming learning space that celebrates learning, reading, inquiry, and collaboration
Collaborating as a professional, collegial, and inspirational member of the faculty and the library department
Developing and implementing an inspiring curriculum in conjunction with homeroom teachers and library department members
Partnering with LS faculty for special community events such as author visits, assemblies, book fair, and creating summer reading lists
Oversee the maintenance of the school’s K to 4 library collection, including circulation, collection development, inventory, and evaluation
Ensure the library collection represents a diverse and multicultural range of authors and topics
Participating in professional development to grow self, department, and school
Communicating with families about curricular and student matters
Heartily contributing to the school community
Key Competencies and Qualifications
In general, successful members of the Browning faculty are:
Champions of boys -- They believe in and love the expansive potential in boys.
Relationship-oriented -- They actively build meaningful relationships with students and families.
Purpose-driven -- They are inquiry-minded, curious and resourceful in finding solutions and growth opportunities.
Justice-seeking -- They seek to address students and their needs with an equity-oriented and antiracist lens and engage in the deep work of equity in the classroom and school community.
Can-do collaborators -- They seek collaboration and listen deeply to others, and they believe that a can-do attitude allows a team to accomplish more.
A successful Lower School Librarian will possess all or most of the following qualifications:
MLS or MLIS
Experience with teaching lower school aged students
Knowledge and appreciation of working with boys
Strong knowledge of content area, teaching methods, learning styles and educational research related to lower school learners and readers
Flexibility and curiosity as well as a love of children, and extensive knowledge of children’s literature
An understanding of library and information literacy curriculum concepts
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to proactively collaborate with students, faculty, and parents
Ability to process NYSTL orders through the FAMIS system
Familiarity with library software including Follett Destiny Library Manager, LibGuides, databases, and SORA (Overdrive Marketplace)
The Browning School seeks to promote diversity in its hiring process and is committed to building an inclusive community and culturally diverse faculty. The Browning School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, marital status, disability, or any other basis.
Those interested in the position should send their résumé and a cover letter to Murielle Louis, Library Director, and Eric Ogden, Head of Lower School, at [email protected] by April 23, 2021.
About The Browning School
The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world. The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds our core values: honesty, dignity, curiosity and purpose. We speak the truth, act with integrity and take responsibility for our actions. We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community. We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us. We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected, and valued. We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social, and emotional growth for all. Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of difference and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives, and values that characterize our community.