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Library Information/Media Specialist

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CCSD #180

Burr Ridge, IL

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Type of Employment:

Full-time permanent

Job Category:

Media/Library Science

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Terms of Employment:  Library Information/Media Specialist works 200 days Regionally competitive.


General Responsibilities:

The position is responsible for serving in four interrelated roles within the school: Leader, Teacher and Instructional Partner, Program Manager, and Information Specialist.  In fulfilling these roles, the Library Information Specialist (LIS) is responsible for:  working collaboratively with school administration and staff to develop a library program that supports the curriculum; 

provides instructional leadership for the teaching of media-related literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy); 

develops and maintains a collection rich in both print and non-print materials for the district; 

manages the media centers as flexible, multi-task learning environments;

ensures that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information;

empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information;

instills a love of learning in all students and ensures equitable access to information;

collaborates with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and assessments for units of instruction;

provides the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school media center is aligned with the mission and goals of the district, and is an integral component of the instructional program. Cover Letter Requirements

Include how you are meeting the required and preferred qualifications 

Address your ability to carry out the essential tasks using examples from previous experiences ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


As a leader the school librarian creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The school librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel that they are important members of a team. Strong leaders foster an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others to create consensus. They anticipate future obstacles and continually retool to meet challenges. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, an advocate for the SLP, and a professional member of the school library community by: • serving on decision making teams in the school as needed

• taking an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities

• benchmarking the SLP to school, state, and national program standards

• sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, grade level parent meetings and school board meetings, as needed

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

• sharing with the learning community collaboratively developed and up-to-date district policies concerning such issues as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use

• 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

• collecting and analyzing data to improve instruction and to demonstrate correlations between the SLP and student achievement

• remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and

educational research applicable to school library programs

• advocating for school library programs and the guiding principles of the school library profession; the school librarian is an active, accessible, and informed proponent of the school library profession by: o advocating, communicating, and promoting opportunities to improve the profession

o maintaining frequent and timely communication to stakeholders through the school and library website, parent newsletter, e-mail, and other formats, such as local cable access television, video/audio streaming, and on-demand video/podcasts

o demonstrating a commitment to maintaining intellectual freedom

o promoting the ethical use of information Instructional Partner

As an instructional partner the school librarian works with teachers and other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as an essential and equal partner in the instructional process by: • collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking

• participating in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction, assessing student progress, and evaluating activities

• joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning

• providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school and district for and with all staff, including other school librarians Information Specialist

As information specialist, the school librarian provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information. 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 the collection for maximum and effective use

• assists technology director with student data management 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 teachers in successful collaboration for learning Program Administrator

As program administrator, the school librarian works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the policies of the school library program, and to guide and direct all activities related to it. The school librarian maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program by: • 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 school library instructional program

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

• establishing processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, etc. that assure appropriate resources are available when needed

• 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

• participating in the recruiting, hiring, and training of other professionals, educational library assistants, students, and volunteer staff

• arranging for flexible scheduling of the school libraries to provide student accessibility to staff and resources at point of need


Required Qualifications

3 years of classroom teaching experience in K-8 public schools 

3 years as a library/media specialist 

Illinois Library Information Specialist Endorsement Preferred Qualifications:  

MS.Ed. in Library Science Experience developing a culturally diverse collection of print and non print resources appropriate to the curriculum and learners.  Knowledge of instructional technology media production techniques. Experience collaborating with classroom teachers to develop assignments that are instructionally sound and incorporate appropriate instructional technology.

Additional Notes:

Will work at both district schools: Anne M. Jeans Elementary School and Burr Ridge Middle School

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Company info

CCSD #180
Phone : 630)734-6600
Fax : 630)325-6450

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