St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, located in the Palisades section of northwest Washington, D.C., is a parish day school enrolling more than 500 students on two campuses. The program begins at the three-year-old Nursery level and continues through Grade 8. St. Patrick’s students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine independent schools upon graduation.
St. Patrick’s has three libraries, the largest of which has more than 20,000 titles and serves students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Two other libraries—the Nursery School (Nursery and PK) Library and the MacArthur Campus (Grades 6-8) Library—serve students in those respective programs. The professional library staff includes two full-time Librarians. As part of a formal program, parent volunteers assist the Librarians with specific duties as assigned.
At St. Patrick’s, we continue to recognize and value the importance of libraries as places that honor printed text—books remain at the center of our libraries. Exceptional Literacy, a concept defined and explored in the document Setting Compass (available on our website at “Who We Are”), organizes much of our work with the students we teach, and the library is central to this concept. Thus, the Librarians must have a love for and knowledge of children’s literature. At the same time, we recognize the important role that technology plays in enhancing information literacy. The Librarians must be able to work with students to develop multiple literacies—textual, informational, and technological—and should be proficient with a range of technologies and applications. Further, the Librarians should be fluent in the evolving nature of libraries, the potential for technology to reshape the library experience, and the resulting important role that emerging technologies play in elevating the role of the Librarian in the life of the school.
The Librarians plan, implement, and evaluate the school library program. Successful implementation of this program requires creating an environment that fosters a sense of excitement about literature, books, information, and text. It also includes teaching research and information skills, collaborating with teachers in implementing integrated instructional activities, serving as information specialists to assist teachers and students, implementing the latest in information technology to support the work of the library, and performing other related duties that may be required. The Librarians work collaboratively in organizing and sharing day-to-day responsibilities.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT
The Librarians work with homeroom and special-subject teachers to create an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning. Possible duties for the Librarians include:
assisting teachers and students in selection and use of instructional materials;
taking primary responsibility for the library experience of children within a division of students;
engaging students by reading to and teaching basic library skills to younger students and teaching literacy and research skills to older students;
creating bulletin boards and book displays to promote excitement about books;
helping to coordinate the selection of materials for reserve collections and special units of study;
preparing for and administering special library events, including the Battle of the Books, the Book Fair’s author visits and Library Donation program, the Green Star Club, and the Recitation Contest; and
assisting in compiling and revising summer reading lists and other reading lists as needed.
ADMINISTRATION, PLANNING, AND MATERIALS ACQUISITION
The Librarians complete a range of administrative duties including, but not limited to:
maintaining the automated library management system (Follett Destiny) as the site manager;
consulting with staff and students to evaluate, select, and acquire library books, resources, and equipment;
taking responsibility for book processing and collection development;
remaining current with professional journals and organizations to inform acquisitions decisions;
cataloging and processing new library books, checking in and shelving books, printing overdue notices, searching for missing books, and notifying parents about the status of library accounts;
sharing responsibility for managing the library budget, including selecting and ordering needed books and supplies and purchasing within the budget;
reading shelves and performing annual inventory; and
arranging for and supervising parent volunteers.
A successful candidate for the position of Librarian will demonstrate:
a passion for, love of, and depth of knowledge about children’s literature and children as readers and learners;
experience in libraries, especially school libraries;
a strong sense of collegiality and ability to work with a large and varied group of constituents (students, faculty, administrators, and parents);
highly effective organizational skills, including a significant detail-orientation;
the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing;
strong technology skills and knowledge both specific to library work as well as more broadly; and
successful completion of the required background check.
We will give preference to candidates who have either a master’s degree in library science or a related master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree is required.
Candidates for the position of Librarian should email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover letter, resume, and list of names and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to Jenifer Congdon, Head of Lower School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School. The cover letter should explain what specific abilities and experiences make the writer an exceptional candidate for the position of Librarian.
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is an independent, coeducational, parish day school located in the Palisades section of Northwest Washington, D.C., serving more than 500 students from three-year-old Nursery through Grade 8. For 60 years, St. Patrick's has been providing a vibrant, challenging coeducational school environment that balances tradition and innovation in an educational program that ...emphasizes the acquisition of essential skills, integration of disciplines, and active learning. It seeks to educate young people who will grow in intellectual and academic strength, personal integrity, openness to change, commitment to service, and confident and ethical involvement in the world. St. Patrick's students, whose families live throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, go on to a variety of fine schools - including local independent day schools, boarding schools largely in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions and, less frequently, public schools - upon graduation.
Campuses include the Whitehaven Campus, home to Nursery through Grade 6 and Grades 7 and 8 math and science, and the MacArthur Campus, the traditional home to Grades 7 and 8. St. Patrick's also has a regulation athletic field and stadium complex on the Foxhall Campus, located a short walk from the main Whitehaven Campus. There are three divisions: Nursery School (Nursery and PK), Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Upper School (Grades 4 through 8).