Job: Elementary Librarian

1/19/16 –  Elementary Librarian
Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  There seems to be a lot of p0sitions for elementary school librarians, not sure why.  This well established school enjoys a good reputation.  Traditionally they have hired at job fairs however are open to applications and Skype interviews.  Make sure you carefully complete all paperwork – Chinese schools tend to have reams and reams of it…


Position Summary: The Elementary School Librarian, in coordination with the MS/HS Librarian, must manage, develop, and promote the Concordia School Libraries to ensure that an effective resource and information service is provided for elementary students and the elementary school staff.
  • MLS – from an ALA accredited university
  • Library Certification
  • Three to five years school experience including teaching


  • Three to five years school library experience including teaching information literacy component and collection development
  • Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with American educational system
  • Elementary school education experience as a media specialist
  • Collection development experience in public and/or private libraries
  • Collaboration and rapport building capabilities
  • Detailed-oriented organizational skills
  • Skills using the Internet and subscription databases
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skilled at reader’s advisory for students and parents
  • Working ability of both Mac and PC platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Follett’s Destiny automation system
General Expectations 
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of library reference materials and research techniques
  • Able to utilize computer technology and software application
  • Understands the importance of information literacy
  • Effective communication skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with administration, teachers, staff
  • Enjoys working with students of all ages in a Christian-based setting
  • Performs responsibilities without close supervision
  • Proven library management skills
Job Specific Expectations
A. Organization
  • Reviews and recommends purchases for books, electronic resources, and periodicals to meet the curricular and personal needs of students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinates the school library media programs
  • Contributes to curriculum development through attendance at faculty and departmental discussions and informal liaison with individual teachers
  • Evaluates Elementary Library programs and makes recommendations for improvement
  • Monitors library usage and records statistical information as required
  • Monitors , maintains, and updates the school archive.
B. Instruction and Instructional Development
  • Promotes effective use of library media programs
  • Trains students and faculty in search techniques, research, and specific database use
  • Assists in preparing Resource lists, pathfinders, wikis
  • Assumes an active role in collaborative teaching and curriculum development
  • Participates with the teaching staff in the planning and developing of the school’s information literacy skills and has an active involvement in the form of delivery
C. Library Media Staff Development
  • Continues to acquire knowledge through in-service, workshops and academic courses
  • Provides in-service education for staff
  • Fosters the use of new development/innovations in instructional media/technology
  • Promote/facilitates communication among library media staff
  • Networks with other library media professionals and professional library organizations
D. Communication
  • Promotes the library media program to the students/faculty/parents via library website
  •  Maintains liaison with other schools and libraries and community when appropriate
  • Corresponds with the families who donate books for the library collection


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