Middle School Librarian / TILM (Technology, Information Literacy, Media) Co-Teacher

Posted 22 February by The American School in London

Middle School Librarian / TILM (Technology, Information Literacy, Media) Co-Teacher

Reporting: the Director of Technology

Hours: Full Time

Start date: 14 August 2018

Salary range: competitive rates of pay apply (£40,785 to £89,490, depending on experience)

Overall Purpose:

The Middle School (MS) Librarian / TILM Co-Teacher is a key role in fostering inquiry and innovation. S/he is responsible for guiding and supporting teachers in integrating Technology, Information Literacy, and Media (TILM) into the curriculum. S/he collaborates with classroom teachers in assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students. S/he collaborates with the TILM team, classroom teachers, and administrators to ensure equitable access to information and learning resources. The Middle School Librarian provides support to students, faculty and staff, families and other members of the school community, and enables library patrons to take advantage of the full range of available resources by facilitating the organization and access to information resources and literature at ASL.

Key Goals

Information Literacy and Literature

  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to embed appropriate inquiry competencies into the middle school curriculum.
  • Design and deliver learning experiences for staff and students to support their effective, critical and ethical use of information.
  • Collaborate with teachers to design, implement, and teach innovative library-related curriculum with students in grades 5 to 8.
  • Support teachers in refining and developing programs that support students’ broad reading experiences and lead to a lifelong love of reading.
  • Provide reader support, take an interest in, and have a fundamental knowledge of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Advise Middle School students with book selection, reference questions and use of print and electronic resources.

Technology & Media

  • Create a culture of and build the capacity of the faculty to support student learning of inquiry and technology competencies.
  • Model leadership in technology integration and digital citizenship.
  • Coach teachers in and model effective use of digital tools and resources to continuously assess student learning and technology literacy by applying a rich variety of formative and summative assessments aligned with content and student TILM standards.

Summary of Major Responsibilities:

  • Support ASL’s mission to develop the intellect and character of each student by providing an outstanding American education with a global perspective, by enhancing the quality of technology, information literacy and media (TILM).
  • Collaborate with the TILM team and administrators to make sure the functioning of the library spaces, resources and systems are aligned with the mission and vision of the school.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the school’s integration of emerging technologies, pedagogies and practices for instruction and student-centered learning.
  • Coordinate with division administration to structure process for systematic review and evaluation of TILM and classroom innovations.
  • Track co-teaching work using appropriate tools, for example, a log or record of collaboration; and providing coaching program updates as appropriate to peers to the School.
  • Teach a daily MS Grade advisory class.
  • Supervise students visiting the library independently.
  • Participate actively in the life of the School, through attendance at events, committee membership, and leadership of extracurricular activities.
  • Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the supervisor.

Essential qualifications/experience

  • An advanced degree in education or a related field.
  • Substantive experience working as a Middle School Librarian.
  • Classroom teaching experience at the middle school level.
  • A demonstrable passion for children’s literature.
  • Evidence of recent and substantial professional development in information literacy, library science and/or technology.
  • Excellent technology skills and proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • A proven commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

Desirable qualifications/experience

  • Masters in Library Science or Library certification preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of international and/or independent school communities.
  • Experience working in an international environment.
  • Instructional coaching experience.

This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.

The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.

Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London

Required skills

  • Library
  • Technology
  • Teaching Classes

Reference: 34537456

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