Library Media Specialist, Gr K-5, Cambridgeport School

Location
Cambridge, MA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 08, 2021
Ref
3069
Grade Level
Elementary School
Position: Library Media Specialist, One Year Appointment
Cambridgeport School
Overview :
At the Cambridgeport School, we believe that learning unfolds when we provide conditions in which children can explore, inquire, and shape their own understandings. Cambridgeport teachers and families work as a community toward assuring success for every child. The school values the culture and beliefs that each child brings to the classroom, and teachers believe that children must engage with their world in order to make sense of it and build their knowledge. Each student is expected to take responsibility for his/her own learning, while collaborating, supporting, and respecting others. The ICTS school based team, comprised of a Library Media Specialist, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Technology Support Technician work as a team to provide support at the building level.

Under the supervision of the principal, and the Assistant Director of Library Media Services, the Library Media Specialist will work to:
  • Ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
  • Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, ethical users and producers of information
  • Instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to design and implement units of instruction, assess student learning
  • Align the School Library Program (SLP) with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school/school district
Key Responsibilities :
  • Collaborates with classroom teachers as a partner in the instructional process
  • Collaborates to design, teach, and assess learning experiences that incorporate inquiry learning, information literacies in their formats, critical thinking and self-assessment
  • Promotes a love of reading and lifelong learning
  • Promotes instructional technology to improve learning
  • Collaborates with the Instructional Technology Specialist to deliver curriculum addressing the ICTS learning expectations
  • Provides resources and programs that promote independent reading and writing in a variety of genres
  • Maintains an organized and welcoming facility that helps students become independent users of the library
  • Fosters a creative, flexible environment so that the school library is an essential part of the learning community
  • Develops and maintains resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the instructional strategies of the school community
Your Skill Set:
As the incoming Library Media Specialist you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
Bachelor's degree or higher. MA state certification as a School Library Media Specialist required. Teacher preparation program/educational degree preferred. At least three years of teaching experience or equivalent in the field of school library science preferred. Experience in an urban setting is highly desirable. Strong background in children's and young adult literature. Familiarity with Destiny library system and proficiency in both PC and Apple platforms preferred.

How to Join Our Team:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity.

At the Cambridge Public Schools, we are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.

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