Special School Based Positions/Library Media Specialist
TITLE: Library Media Specialist
REPORTS TO: Principal
SUPERVISES: Paraprofessionals (if applicable)
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES :
The Library Media Specialist shall function as a leader in the learning community by collaborating with faculty and staff to prepare students with information and technological literacy skills for lifelong independent learning. The Library Media Specialist shall administer the library media program in conformance with professional library standards and principles as well as local and state policies.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES Program Administration
• Plans and administers a well-rounded school library media program based on local and state policies and standards.
• Manages use of the library administrative and instructional software, hardware, and network to enhance library services.
• Establishes a collection development plan to meet the needs of teachers and a diverse student population.
• Manages resources and hardware required to provide easy access to information.
• Prepares and administers federal, state, and local budgets as appropriate.
• Maintain a functional, attractive, and welcoming environment.
• Manages student behavior to maintain an environment conducive to learning.
• Maximizes the amount of time available in the library media center by establishing flexible access policies and procedures.
• Maintains appropriate and required records, inventories, and files.
• Trains, directs, and supervises paraprofessional, volunteers, and student assistants.
• Develops and implements an ongoing program of public relations. Information Access
• Works with administrators, teachers, parents, and others to provide access to varied information sources to meet students' needs.
• Serves as a school leader in the evaluation, acquisition, and utilization of traditional and technological resources.
• Demonstrates to students, staff, and others strategies for accessing and utilizing information from traditional and technological resources.
• Promotes the ethical and legal use of information Instruction
• Provides instruction for students and staff in the effective use of hardware and software necessary to obtain information in any format.
• Provides programs and services to encourage lifelong learning through developing students' critical reading, viewing, listening, and thinking skills.
• Implements programs that encourage reading for pleasure and promote the enjoyment of literature representing diverse cultures and genres.
• Plans collaboratively with teachers to incorporate the use of library media resources and information and technological literacy skills into content curricula.
• Delivers instruction effectively and involves students in the learning process through experiential tasks, allowing for individual differences.
• Assists principal in curriculum coordination and staff development across the curriculum. Professional Growth
• Involves himself/herself in continual professional growth and self-evaluation.
• Participates in effective staff development to consistently update skills and knowledge that relate to library media programs and technology.
• Uses available resources and technologies to stay abreast of current educational research and effective practices. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Minimum requirements as identified by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Work Environment/Hours Worked
The Library Media Specialist is required to work in a school setting with a climate controlled environment subject to School Board energy policy guidelines and in outside areas subject to climate extremes. The length of the work day consists of teacher hours at the assigned school site according to School Board policy.
The Library Media Specialist must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms of standard English with students, parents, school personnel, and the community. He/she must be able to give and receive information accurately via a telecommunication system.
The Library Media Specialist must be able to use the telephone and audio visual equipment, laminator, computers and peripherals, copy machine, calculator, and other appropriate machines.
The Library Media Specialist must be able to stand, walk, reach, and bend. He/she must be able to lift up to 40 pounds with assistance as required. He/she must have sufficient visual acuity to be able to work with computer monitor, print texts, and hand written documents.
The Library Media Specialist must be able to plan and implement appropriate library media programs for all students. He/she must be able to understand and to follow written and verbal instructions and keep accurate and up-to-date records. He/she must be able to comply with state and parish regulations and be able to utilize effective classroom management techniques.
Human Relations Involvement
The Library Media Specialist must be able to work cooperatively with students, parents, school personnel, and the community. He/she must be able to respond appropriately to commendations and recommendations. He/she must demonstrate sensitivity/understanding in interpersonal relations with persons of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Required: 1. Valid Louisiana teacher certificate
2. A minimum of two years of successful teaching experience
3. One of the following requirements must be met:
3.a. Masters in library and information science, including school library certification
3.b. Certification in library science and a masters in a teaching
area with a minimum of 9 hours in technology courses within the
last 5 years.
Note: Non-credit courses and workshops and demonstrated
competence in the use of productivity and instructional
applications may be substituted for the 9 hours.
Note: If exhaustive efforts fail to locate applicants meeting the requirements by two weeks before the position becomes available, a person meeting provisional qualifications may be hired as specified below.
Provisional: 1. Valid Louisiana teaching certificate
2. Certification in library science
3. A minimum of one year of successful teaching experience
Note: Library media specialists hired with Provisional qualifications shall have three years to obtain a masters degree meeting the requirements outlined.
• These requirements will apply to library media specialists hired beginning with the 1999-2000 school year.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 9 months
SALARY: 9-month Teacher Salary Schedule