Chicago, IL: Lower and Intermediate School Library and Information Services Specialist: Grades JK-5, Francis W. Parker School

The Lower and Intermediate School Library and Information Services Specialist will be a leader in the school community, library and classroom. He/she will collaborate with all members of the school community and promote the integration of literacy and research through technology, social media, digital citizenship and creative thinking throughout the school. The Lower and Intermediate School Specialist will work in conjunction with the Middle and Upper School Specialist to take a leadership role in the redesign of the current library in order to help create a dynamic 21st century learning space that will support the school’s mission in promoting curiosity, inquiry and a love of reading, while fostering a collaborative atmosphere among all community constituents.
Essential Functions:
A. Information Literacy
1. Create an environment that fosters the love of reading and research among all students.
2. Has a strong knowledge base in children’s literature, recommend appropriate level literature to teachers, students and parents and collaborate with teachers in adding to the school’s collection in print and online.
3. Evaluate and assesse, on an ongoing basis, the print and digital resources for students.
4. Make information resources available to all students and teachers through a systematically developed collection within the school and through access to resources outside the school.
5. Inform teachers, students and administrators of new materials, equipment and services that will meet information needs and enhance the school’s information resources.
B. Instruction
1. Collaborate with classroom teachers and technology facilitators in incorporating information, research, and technology skills (including developing and implementing lessons, resources, and inquiry-based units and activities) into the classroom curriculum.
2. Provide formal and informal training for teachers and other staff members based on best practices in integrating teaching and learning.
3. Participate in professional development initiatives and processes related to instruction and library management.
C. Educational Technology
1. Collaborate with the director of educational technology, technology facilitators, and IT staff in working with teachers and students to provide integration of new technologies into the curriculum.
2. Provide leadership in embedding educational technology and information literacy skills
instruction within the curriculum.
3. Participate in the development of a digital citizenship curriculum to help students develop attributes that demonstrate responsible use of information and technology.
4. Provide resources and support to the school community through workshops, newsletters, and online sources.
5. Extend the library beyond its four walls to connect with the school community through social networks and other online tools, such as a library website.
6. Connect the school community to global experts, resources, authors/illustrators, and other individuals to promote rich learning experiences and an excitement for learning.
D. Management of the Facilities and Collections
1. Take a leadership role in re-imagining and redesigning the current library space, both physical and operational, providing strong vision and direction for a dynamic 21st century learning space in cooperation with the Middle and Upper School Specialist.
2. Work with the Middle and Upper School Specialist to manage the annual library budget in coordination with the administration.
3. Provide access to the library collection and digital resources through the management of an accurate and efficient organization and retrieval system.
4. Provide leadership for the assisting library staff in the day-to-day management of the library.
5. Actively seeks professional development opportunities related to library science and
technology and uses those professional development experiences to inform current practice.
Required Prerequisites & Background Experience:
– M.A. or Ph.D. in Library Science or related field with a strong background in children’s
– Certification in Library Media and/or Elementary teaching endorsement preferred.
– Previous academic library experience, especially at a supervisory level, strongly preferred.
– Ability to effectively plan, implement and evaluate library services, programs,
resources, technology and facilities.
– Successful experience teaching information literacy.
– Knowledge of library automation systems, computer applications, and other relevant
technology that manages and delivers services.
– Ability to track library information services data and report on activity, trends, and analysis.
– Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
– Exceptional organizational skills.
– Demonstrated understanding of and personal commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.
– Desire for consistent and ongoing professional development and training.
Commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package.
To Apply:
Please submit cover letter with resume and salary requirements by mail, email, or
fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources
Francis W. Parker School
330 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
fax: 773.549.4430
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School’s community.
Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School’s mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world

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