Middle/Upper School Library Media Specialist & Technology Coordinator
Lancaster Country Day School
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Full Time LCDS Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, Life, Disability, Relocation, Educational Assistance, Professional Development, Tuition Remission, Fitness Center Use, Lunch Account, Paid Time Off, Employee Assistance Program, Travel Assistance
4 Year Degree
We believe that the Library should be a hub of school life, and that, above all else, the Library Media Specialist & Tech Coordinator should help to inspire and develop a passion for reading in our students. The person in this role will also be responsible for the daily operation of the Middle/Upper School Library and its associated media resources, and will empower students and teachers to develop and use media literacy and technology skills to enhance the learning experience in grades 6-12. In coordination with Technology department staff, the Library Media Specialist & Tech Coordinator will ensure the alignment and progression of the student technology experience across Middle and Upper School and serve as an important resource for students, faculty, and parents in supporting and troubleshooting technology use.
Roles / Responsibilities
Organize and manage collections of all library media, print and data resources.
Manage, inspire, and supervise a large, open-plan, and busy library space.
Supervise library aides and/or volunteers.
Collaborate with the Lower School Library Media Specialist to ensure coordination of Library Media Studies curriculum from Preschool through 12th grade.
Champion diverse authors and assist teachers with finding literature to incorporate into the curriculum that offers windows and mirrors for all students.
Support the curriculum and goals of Middle/Upper School, as well as its teachers and students.
Maintain and supervise the library space (displays, computers, book areas).
Provide effective, enthusiastic, and informed reader advisory and promotion to encourage self-directed reading in the community.
Manage, administer, and maintain MS/US Library programming, including a yearly budget, communication with vendors.
Evaluate, select, order, process and organize library resources (electronic and print).
Assist with student information and research needs.
Consult with faculty as they plan instruction to ensure the incorporation of appropriate library, media, and technology tools, materials, and skills into their curriculum.
Regularly pursue and participate in professional development activities, including the School’s Mind Brain Education initiative via our partnership with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.
Participate actively in the life of the school, including assuming co-curricular and extra-curricular duties as necessary and appropriate.
Cultivate and sustain an inclusive and equitable learning environment for our community.
Support student and faculty use of school-provided classroom technologies such as Google Workspace, Canvas LMS, iOS apps, as well as additional applications selected by faculty for their courses and divisions.
Supply basic hardware and software support for iPads and Chromebooks provided to students as part of the School’s 1:1 program and assist in troubleshooting related problems submitted to the Help Desk.
Train students and faculty on hardware or software use in one-on-one or group settings.
Curate and maintain a library of digital training resources for students, faculty, and parents.
Staff the library 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and summer work amounting to a few hours per week for library work.
Bachelor degree and significant library experience required. Masters of Library Science preferred.
Experience in formal instruction of library, media, and technology skills.
Desire to be part of building and maintaining a positive and healthy whole-school culture and community particularly with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
Understanding of and enthusiasm for the varied roles that libraries play in learning, social-emotional development, and the school community.
Passion for literature and for helping students to become enthusiastic readers at all ages.
Ability to delegate tasks and manage staff and volunteers who assist in the libraries.
Experience supporting and troubleshooting multiple computing platforms.
Proficiency with current technologies, digital environments, computers, and databases.
Ability to quickly learn unfamiliar tools in order to readily assist others.
Country Day School seeks to provide a rigorous, college preparatory academic program within a supportive environment, creating a community of outward-looking, lifelong learners. Challenging students to look at the world in new ways, LCDS has high academic and behavioral expectations of its students while providing extensive support to achieve those standards. Through especially close relationships between students and adults, the School encourages personal growth and trust, fostering confident, articulate, and thoughtful individuals who can deal with the complexities of the world and the rapid rate of technological and societal change.
As a preschool - 12 school with 600+ students under one roof, LCDS encourages a close interaction between people of diverse backgrounds, striving to reflect the world as it truly exists, respect for self and for others, and a commitment to one’s contribution to society, are the hallmarks of a Country Day education. In addition to setting high expectations, the School urges both students and adults to find a proper balance, fulfilling their many obligations while maintaining a strong commitment to their own physical and emotional health.
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