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Elementary Librarian

Company name
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Location
Kansas City, KS

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Kansas City Kansas Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):

Elementary Librarian

Location:

Varies

Additional Information:

Position requires Kansas Licensure for Library Media.

Job Goal:

To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. To instill a love of reading and learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information. To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness. To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program (SLP) is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and the school district, and is an integral component of the learning/instructional program. To prepare students for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on-track and on-time for success.

Essential Functions:

Information Specialist: The school librarian ensures equitable access and responsible use of information by:

- in accordance with district policy, developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community

- cooperating and networking with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school

- evaluating, promoting, and using existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services

- understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assisting users with their understanding and observance of the same

- organizing, maintaining, and updating the collection for maximum and effective use

Program Administrator: The school librarian maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program by:

- using strategic planning for the continuous improvement of the program

- ensuring that school library program goals and objectives are aligned with school and district long-range strategic plans

- using effective management principles, including the supervision of personnel, resources, and facilities, in developing and implementing program goals and objectives

- using evidence of practice, particularly in terms of learning outcomes, to support program goals and planning

- generating evidence in practice that demonstrates efficacy and relevance of the information literacy skills curriculum and use of all library resources

- efficiently maintaining and submitting required records and reports to support library usage

- supervising and evaluating support staff, which may include educational assistants, computer education assistants, volunteers, and student assistants

- creating and maintaining in the school library a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to student learning

- selecting and using effective technological applications for management purposes

Teacher: As a teacher, the school librarian empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The school librarian supports students’ success by guiding them in:

- reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure

- using information for defined and self-defined purposes

- building on prior knowledge and constructing new knowledge

- embracing the world of information and all its formats

- working with peers in successful collaboration for learning

- constructively assessing their own learning and the work of their peers

Leader: The school librarian demonstrates his/her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, an advocate for the school library program, and a professional member of the school library community by:

- implementing 21st Century Skills into the curriculum.

- creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff

- encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community

- remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs

- being skilled and effective in oral and written communication.

- using excellent human relations skills.

- being courteous and professional at all times.

- maintaining a neat and professional appearance.

Instructional Partner: The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as an essential and equal partner in the instructional process by:

- participating in the curriculum development process at both the building and district level to ensure that the curricula include the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy) necessary to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners

- collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking and promote a love of reading and lifelong learning

- Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

- Valid Kansas teaching certificate.

- Valid Kansas Library Media Specialist Certification and/or Master’s Degree In Library Science or Information Science

- Experience prerequisite to be determined by the Director of Libraries.

Communication:

Maintains communication with teachers, other school personnel, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the educational needs of students.

Compiles data for statistical purposes.

Maintains confidentiality regarding educational records.

Organization:

Maintains a daily log of school/staff visits and documentation.

Maintains the daily environment of the school library, collection, and supplies.

Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.

Performs other related work as required.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, general curriculum and learning theories, correspondence, and protocols. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff, parents, students, and the general public.

Terms of Employment:

186 days

Salary:

Based on KCKPS Salary Schedule

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Reports To:

Director of Libraries and Building Principal

Evaluation:

Performance will be evaluated in accordance with Board of Education

Primary Location:

TBD (to be determined)

Salary Range:

Per Year

Shift Type:

Full-Time

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