7.19.16 – Secondary Librarian
Gyeonggi Suwon International School, Suwon, Korea
Sarah P’s comments: A late posting…this school is fairly young and has run into some financial trouble which has caused the reviews to slip. However it can sometimes be advantageous to begin working at a school when it is rebounding. A few questions and notes if you are interested in this position: Please define ‘Christian worldview’? Why is this position available now? Will I receive IB Librarian training? Have you resolved your legal and financial issues? Depending on the answers this position could be a chance to break-in to the international market offering a chance to gain IB experience in an interesting location.
The Secondary Librarian models the attributes of a 21st century educator and creates thriving physical and virtual environments that connect learners to construct knowledge, collaborate and creatively solve problems. The librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel they are important members of a team. The librarian fosters an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others, while anticipating future obstacles and continually retooling to meet challenges. The librarian is an integral part of the learning process as an instructional partner through collaborating with teachers and IB coordinators.
● To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
● To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
● To instill a love of learning and reading in all students through meaningful experiences
● To collaborate with teachers and IB coordinators to design and implement units of inquiry
● To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the library program
supports the school’s mission, goals, and objectives
Roles and Responsibilities
As an Instructional Partner , the Secondary Librarian works with teachers and IB coordinators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, and information resources.
As an essential partner in the instructional process the MYP/DP librarian
● Collaborates with teachers and departments to provide instructional support for
course content, assignments, and research. This includes research skills,
information literacy skills, media literacy skills, technology skills, or other content as
agreed upon collaboratively with teachers.
● Contributes to MYP and DP planners for the units of inquiry that he or she
collaborates on with teachers
● Teaches classes on a flexible schedule in conjunction with subject area teachers.
● Develops information literacy tools and resources to assist students with the skills
necessary for inquiry and research in a 21st Century digital environment.
● Provides group and individual support for the MYP Personal Project and DP
Library Administration and Management
● Maintain and monitor budget expenditures according to school policies and procedures to ensure availability of resources and proper use of funds.
● Maintain and ensure timely technical support for software, systems, peripherals, and
database services. (Example: Follett Destiny, Accelerated Reader, EBSCO)
● Select relevant and high quality resources which meet the reading and information needs of students and faculty. Use appropriate library standards and justifications
when removing resources from the collection.
● Develop policies and procedures for all aspects of the library. (Examples: weeding
the collection, requesting additional titles, circulation, requests to remove a title due
to inappropriate content, etc.)
● Organize library and textbook materials, equipment, and facilities for effective and
efficient circulation and use.
● Ensure cataloging standards are maintained when adding resources to the
library/textbook catalog using either copy cataloging or original MARC cataloging.
● Conduct annual inventories of library collection, textbook materials, and equipment
to ensure accurate recordkeeping and documentation of lost and/or damaged materials
● Prepare reports relative to the operation of the media center to disseminate
information to appropriate parties. (Examples: circulation and patron statistics, etc.)
● Provide an environment that is conducive to collaborative learning.
● Oversee and assign tasks to additional support staff, student helpers and/or volunteers
● Maintain a library schedule that provides students with optimum usage of space and resources
● Promotes the library as more than a physical and virtual repository of information by
creating a learning commons with an integrated media program where collaboration,
research, creation, problem solving and innovation occur.
● Create an atmosphere and climate that stimulates a love of learning and reading.
● Contributes to the development of information literacy and media literacy skills
across the curriculum.
● Builds the capacity of teachers and students to effectively implement aninquirybased,
student centered learning environment.
The Secondary Librarian attends the secondary division PD on Monday afternoons. He or she also meets with department teams and grade level teams on a regular basis.