Landon School – Lower School Librarian/Media Specialist
Landon School, an independent 3-12 boys’ school in Bethesda, Maryland, seeks a Lower School Librarian/Media Specialist for the upcoming 2017-18 School Year. The librarian/media specialist will facilitate a focus on reading for understanding, pleasure, and exposure to diverse viewpoints, and will offer classes in the areas of research and information literacy for the third through fifth grades. This person will work closely with faculty to integrate research, information literacy and technology into the academic program in the context of a school-wide initiative. The role requires a general understanding of the curricular goals of every academic department in order to lead teachers in using library and technology resources effectively. A Master’s Degree in Library Science is preferred; however, candidates with a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related field with library experience will be considered. The librarian/media specialist will follow the academic calendar year, but will be expected to spend some time this summer in training for the position. This position will report to the Lower School division head, and will coordinate with the director of academic technology, the divisional and head librarians, and the administrative technology team.
Successful candidates will also be expected to:
Be passionate about children’s literature, developing innovative and diverse reading outreach, programs and services to build and strengthen a love of reading among the students.
Be responsible for collection development, the library’s automation system and circulation process, help desk issues, and be comfortable maintaining a library atmosphere conducive to study.
Develop and implement programs and services necessary to afford students and faculty the maximum use of all library and academic technology resources.
Assist teachers in the development of information literacy and technology competencies through the design and delivery of faculty orientation and professional development offerings aligned with these competencies.
Seek out and work with individual teachers to add research and information literacy skills in the design of lesson plans.
Meet with teachers, department chairs, and other librarians and academic technologists to plan and assess curriculum aligned with the Academic Technology and Library Integration Strategic Plan.
Coordinate and oversee the annual lower school book fair and summer reading program.
Coordinate author visits and grade level field trips to Politics and Prose to meet visiting authors.
Host student book clubs, book shares and other events promoting literacy within the school.
Oversee the Lower School Library Parent Volunteer Program.
Manage the Lower School library budget for purchase of library resources.
Ascribe to the teacher/coach/mentor model.
Participate in the School community (special events, etc.) as assigned by the division head.
Exhibit strong leadership and collaboration skills; excellent written, oral and listening communication skills; and excellent organizational, management, and execution skills.
Positive, enthusiastic, and flexible; willing to pitch in.
Appealing, engaging, outgoing personality, with a good sense of humor.
Commitment to academic excellence and ethical responsibility.
Ability to relate well to Lower School-aged boys.
Team-oriented, conscientious and respectful of details.
Please submit cover letter with resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (No telephone inquiries please).
Masters degree in Library Science preferred or B.A. in a related field
• Mission: Landon prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor and fair play.
• Location: 75 acres in Bethesda, Maryland
o Separate buildings for Lower, Middle and Upper School, each with its own library and media center
o Newly renovated Performing Arts Center ...with a 700-seat auditorium, individual and group practice rooms and a dining hall
o Newly renovated Sports complex includes a stadium with turf field, six additional fields, three indoor basketball courts, strength training center, outdoor swimming pool, outdoor tennis courts, wrestling room, and an off-site ice hockey rink
• Average class size: 15
• Faculty: More than 125 full- and part-time
• Enrollment: 681
• Students of Color: 35 percent
• Financial Aid: One in four boys receives tuition assistance
o Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
o Association of Independent Maryland Schools
o Independent Education (formerly AISGW)
o International Boys School Coalition, founding member
o National Association of Independent Schools
• Athletic Conference: Interstate Athletic Conference (I.A.C.)