Job: Upper School Librarian

10.2.16 – Upper School Librarian
International School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Sarah P’s comments: They are stating on their website that the first round of interviews will take place the week of October 24th which seems early but every year recruiting seems to be taking place earlier and earlier.  This school has okay reviews however all note that the cost of living is high and that 50% of your salary will go for accommodation.  This is often the case with European positions.  The schools get away with these low salaries because there are always candidates who want to go to Europe.

Posted: 30/09/2016 08:01
Salary: 39,367.68€-69,328.56€ / year
Location: International School of Luxembourg
Level: Faculty
Deadline: 21/10/2016 12:00
Hours: 40h/week
Benefits: School Holidays, Lunch Vouchers, Professional development
Job Type: Indefinite Duration Contract
Brief description: The Upper School Librarian / Media Specialist is responsible for all Library services to students, parents and staff
Interview Schedule: 1st round of interviews: Week of 24th of October 2016 (through Skype)

2nd round of interviews: End of November/Beginning of December 2016

To begin: 28/08/2017 To end:
We offer: Leadership, inspiration and support.  A competitive salary scale with a range of benefits and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For further information, please visit our website (
To apply Please submit your online application in English through ISL’s Careers webpage: ISL application link
Profile: (training, experience, skills and aptitudes necessary to do the job)
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferably a teaching degree or one in Library and Information Sciences.
  • Excellent skills and experience with collection maintenance and development of a modern school Library collection, in print and online, in English, but preferably also experience with French and German collections.
  • At least two years’ experience working in an international school environment as a full-time school librarian with responsibility for the teaching of information literacy;
  • An understanding of the student body in international schools, with the emphasis on diversity of culture and experience with students who are English Language Learners.
  • An international outlook, with network connections with school Librarians all over the world.
  • Experience with international school curricula, in particular the International Baccalaureate and the IGCSE;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support and work with teachers and students in their research efforts and to promote reading throughout the school.
  • Excellent ICT skills (online databases, e-books, social media) as well as experience with library information systems (preferably Follett Destiny).
  • The ability to raise the profile of the Library and promote reading throughout the school via different channels, including social media, reading events, visiting authors, etc.
  • Strong administrative skills, to efficiently manage the Library budget and conduct necessary ordering of Library resources in an organised manner.
  • Fluency in English (near-native level); preferably some knowledge of French and German;


The successful candidates must:
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about students and their education and instilling a love of reading in everyone at ISL;
  • Be innovative in library media and information literacy;
  • Be responsible for own learning and well-being: value continuous learning, collaborative work, self-reflection, and resiliency;
  • Be confident and motivated in working with students, parents and colleagues: build and maintain partnerships;
  • Be pro-active, well-organised and discrete;
  • Be adaptable to a wide range of situations, work independently as well as part of a collaborative team;
  • Be an effective communicator by reading, writing, speaking and listening confidently and reflectively as well as asking questions appropriately;
  • Be committed to the health, safety & security of children, including child protection issues;
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviour in and out of the School;
  • Be a contributor to the World, culturally sensitive, create a caring environment for students and display care, empathy and consideration for others.


Among main responsibilities:
Facility and Resources management

  • Establish and manage the Upper School library budget in collaboration with the Upper School Principal
  • Purchase, in consultation with colleagues, suitable resources, equipment, furniture and supplies for the Upper School Library.
  • Catalogue and prepare for circulation all materials received, in the school’s Library information system.
  • Manage and maintain the school’s Library information system at a whole school’s administrator level, so that circulation of all materials will run smoothly.
  • Troubleshoot any technical issues with the school’s Library information system, in close consultation with the Lower School Library staff and the IT Manager.
  • Promote all the Library resources to the staff on a regular basis to ensure maximum use and to enhance continuing professional development.
  • Ensure that the collection is kept current, up-to-date and relevant to an international school, as well as making sure that is easily accessible for all members of the community.
  • Making sure the Library is an attractive, well-organised and welcoming physical and virtual environment where every member of the ISL community feels comfortable.
  • Oversee the circulation of all the Upper School’s student textbooks, together with the Library Teaching Assistant.

Teaching and curriculum

  • Provide library induction and ongoing support for all teachers and students.
  • Work in partnership with teachers, the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and the ICT Facilitators on incorporating information fluency and technology skills throughout the curriculum.
  • In collaboration with teachers, guiding students through every aspect of the research process, from asking the right question to finding appropriate information, evaluating information and teaching academic honesty.
  • Offer professional development opportunities to the teachers to keep them up-to-date on teaching resources, best practices in teaching information fluency, technology in education, and reading.
  • Promote reading actively throughout the school in a variety of ways (for example booktalks, reading lists, reading challenges, Book Week, author visits and workshops, Summer Reading programs and other promotional activities).
  • Collaborate closely with the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and Dean of External Programmes to provide resources to support the curriculum to enhance student learning and teacher practice.
  • Teaching the IB Diploma students best research practice, in particular for Extended Essays and ToK Essays.

             Staff management and other duties

  • Willing to be an advisor or homeroom teacher.
  • Supervise and direct the work of the Library Assistant, volunteers and student assistants.
  • Liaise on a regular basis with the Upper School Principal.
  • Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Upper School Principal or the Director.

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