Title: Library Media Specialist-Elementary
Reports to: Principal Contracted Days: 184 per year Status: Exempt
Job Objective: Teaches and promotes the effective use of library/media resources. Responsible for conducting themselves in an appropriate manner, setting an example for students, parents and coworkers by reflecting the Noblesville Schools Vision and Mission.
● Valid state department of education license/certificate appropriate for the position. ● Meets all mandated health requirements. ● A record free of criminal violations that would prohibit public school employment. ● Complies with drug-free workplace rules and board policies. ● Commitment to keep current with workplace innovations that enhance personal productivity.
Essential Functions: The following are typical work responsibilities.
A reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform essential functions. ● Actively support and participate in the district and community’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity goals. ● Advances the corporation’s professional image. Maintains open/effective communications. Uses problem-solving techniques to tactfully address questions/concerns. ● Upholds board policies and follows administrative guidelines/procedures. Refers questions about corporation policies to administrators/supervisors. ● Complies with corporation procedures to account for the collection of authorized student fees and fines. ● Keeps current with library/media resources available in the community. ● Develops short/long-range program plans to update the library/media collection. ● Encourages program innovations. Pursues funding opportunities. Helps prepare grant/foundation applications. Implements funded proposals and complies with reporting requirements. ● Maintains an orderly and functional circulation system. Catalogs materials. Keeps books, periodicals, reference materials, etc., properly shelved. ● Mends books. Makes minor equipment repairs. Follows board-adopted procedures to discard outdated, nonfunctional, or damaged equipment and materials. ● Provides patron orientation sessions. Facilitates staff and student use of library/media resources. ● Helps patrons understand and comply with copyright and intellectual property laws. ● Keeps current with state standards/guidelines. Supports grade-level curriculum implementation activities. Collects and reserves material for classroom assignments when requested. ● Uses effective communication strategies to introduce new library/media resources to patrons (e.g., E-mail, websites, displays, etc.) and stimulate interest in life-long learning. ● Prepares and presents special topics to classes when requested.
● Helps students take full advantage of the program resources (e.g., computers, peripherals, CD-ROMs, audio tapes, etc.). ● Communicates expectations, provides guidance, and shows an active interest in student progress. Helps parents/students understand program objectives and performance standards. ● Consults with parents as needed (e.g., phone calls, E-mail, notes meetings, etc.). ● Helps facilitate community participation in activities that enhance student learning. ● Consults with support personnel and families to address student concerns (e.g., academic difficulties, excessive absences, behavior mental/physical health, family/peer relations, etc.). ● Promotes the proper care and use of school property. Ensures that all materials are stored properly. Works with staff/students to address equipment safety and security issues. ● Inspects program equipment to ensure that it is ready when needed. Works with the administration to schedule repairs by outside vendors. Maintains repair records. Evaluates the relevance of new technology. Recommends program purchases. Prepares inventories as directed. ● Requests permission and follows board-approved procedures for the disposal of fixed assets. ● Respects personal privacy. Maintains the confidentiality of privileged information. ● Upholds the student conduct code. Implements effective pupil management procedures. ● Takes precautions to ensure safety. Watches for conduct and situations that may indicate a problem. Works with supervisors to manage or eliminate risk factors. ● Reports suspected child abuse and/or neglect to civil authorities as required by law. ● Supervises assigned non-classroom activities. ● Strives to develop rapport and serves as a positive role model for others. ● Helps students understand and embrace ethical conduct and democratic values. ● Maintains a professional appearance. Wears work attire appropriate for the position. ● Provides prompt notification of delays or absences. ● Performs other specific job-related duties as directed. ● Works with administrators to actively promote, support, and implement collaboration Collaboration: ● Collaborates with colleagues to design, implement, and reflect upon inquiry lessons and units and seeks input from educators and students on implementation ● Collaborates with colleagues to integrate reading strategies into lessons/units of instruction ● Collaborates with classroom teachers to embed skills associated with multiple literacies into lessons and curricular units ● Collaborates with corporation staff, students, families, and the community to identify ongoing/emerging library/media service needs of students. Facilitates the effective planning, delivery, and ongoing improvement of program services. ● Collaborates with other staff. Shares knowledge and resources that enhance student learning
● Models formal and informal instructional strategies ● Fosters reading for various purposes, including personal pleasure, knowledge, and ideas ● Develops initiatives to encourage and engage learners for understanding and enjoyment across the curriculum ● Motivates learners to read fiction and nonfiction through reading aloud, book-talking, exposure to authors, and other ways ● Provides instruction that addresses multiple literacies including information literacy, media literacy, visual literacy, and technology literacy ● Stimulates critical thinking through the use of learning activities that involve application, analysis, evaluation, and creativity. ● Provides programs that enhance student reading and research skills.
● Helps students identify and make use of supplemental instructional/media resources. ● Encourages self-reliance, problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity, and performance skills.
● Stays abreast of emerging technologies and formats ● Collaborates with teachers to integrate the use of state-of-the-art and emerging technologies as a means for effective and creative learning ● Embeds key concepts of legal, ethical, and social responsibilities in accessing, using and creating information in various formats ● Adapts to and models new skills, new technologies, and new understandings of the learning process Assessment ● Uses formative assessment to guide learners and evaluate the process; give students feedback and a chance to revise their work ● Regularly assesses student and teacher learning to ensure the library program is successful
● Seeks opportunities to teach new skills to the faculty and staff ● Participates with the leadership team to provide professional development on effective practices ● Stays current on research for libraries, student learning, and new developments in the field of education ● Model leadership and best practice for the school community ● Creates opportunities to involve others (parents, other family, etc) in learning ● Participates in staff meetings, conferences, and other required school activities. ● Pursues growth opportunities that enhance professional performance and advance corporation goals. Environment ● Creates an environment where independent learning is valued, promoted, and encouraged ● Generates evidence in practice that demonstrates the efficacy and relevance of the school library program ● Creates an environment of mutual respect and collaboration in which all staff members work toward the common goal of student learning ● Provide flexible and equitable access to physical and virtual collections of resources that support the school curriculum and meet the diverse needs of all learners ● Creates an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based learning, and collaboration ● Designs learning spaces that accommodate a range of teaching methods, learning tasks, and learning outcomes ● Designs learning spaces that are interactive, encourage inquiry, and facilitate collaboration ● Dedicate space for collaborative learning for students to produce content to demonstrate his/her knowledge ● Facilitates opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in an inclusive educational environment. Implements behavior management and/or prescribed medical plans when required. ● Maintains a positive learning environment. Provides appropriate student supervision. Facilitates student learning activities that encourage collaboration and positive peer relationships.
● Uses research findings to inform decision making ● Acquires and promotes current, high-quality, high-interest collections of books and other reading resources in multiple formats ● Promotes flexible scheduling of the school library facility to allow for efficient and timely integration of resources into the curriculum ● Utilizes the budget to ensure that the library is adequately supporting the school ● Meets regularly with the school principal to discuss the library budget ● Develops budget recommendations for assigned areas of responsibility. Meets with sales representatives. ● Seeks additional funding through fundraisers, grant writing, and parent donation programs ● Works with faculty to develop policies that guide the ethical use of information ● Works with the technology department and school administrators to develop and implement acceptable-use policies ● Maps the collection of materials to ensure that it meets the needs of the school curriculum ● Curate a variety of materials (collection of books, periodicals, and non-print material) in a variety of formats that support curricular topics and are suited to inquiry learning and users’ needs and interests
Abilities Required: The following personal characteristics and skills are important for the successful performance of assigned duties.
● Acknowledges personal accountability for decisions and conduct. ● Anticipates time constraints. Manages tasks efficiently to meet deadlines. ● Averts problem situations and intervenes to resolve conflicts. ● Demonstrates professionalism and contributes to a positive work/learning environment. ● Effectively uses active listening, observation, reading, verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills. ● Exhibits consistency, resourcefulness, and resilience. ● Interprets information accurately and initiates effective responses. ● Maintains accurate records and submits required paperwork on time. ● Maintains an acceptable attendance record and is punctual. ● Skillfully manages individual, group, and organizational interactions. ● Uses diplomacy and exercises self-control when dealing with other individuals.
To promote safety, employees are expected to exercise caution and comply with safety regulations and corporation policies/procedures when involved in the following situations/conditions. ● Balancing, bending, crouching, kneeling, reaching, and standing. ● Exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes. ● Exposure to air-borne particulates, chemical irritants, combustible materials, electrical hazards, equipment vibrations, noises, and odors. ● Exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. ● Interactions with aggressive, disruptive, and/or unruly individuals. ● Lifting, carrying, and moving work-related supplies/equipment. ● Operating and/or riding in a vehicle. ● Traveling to meetings and work assignments. ● Working in proximity to moving mechanical parts.
Performance Evaluation: Job performance is evaluated according to policy provisions and contractual agreements adopted by the Noblesville School Corporation.