Library Media Specialist – Alexandria City Public Schools: TC Williams High School – Alexandria, VA

Job Description:

The Library Media Specialist facilitates the efficient operation of the school’s library services.  This position reports to the Principal.

Qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred. Must have completed an approved program for Library Media Specialist.

Certificates & Licenses:  Valid Virginia Department of Education license with an endorsement in Library Media, or eligibility to obtain one.

Experience:  Previous experience as a Media Specialist preferred. Knowledge of library media services.

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Essential Functions:

1 Human Behavior

  • Relates knowledge of the characteristics of human growth and development to decisions on the effective use of media in appropriate learning experiences.
  • Exercises leadership through assisting individuals and groups in the learning process.
  • Establishes and maintains an atmosphere in which library media center staff, faculty, and students work harmoniously at optimum levels.
  • Plans learning activities which allows students to move toward independence and self-directed learning.
  • Identifies and evaluates student performance capabilities for particular types of learning activities and tasks.
  • Participates in continuous assessment of curriculum and instructional programs based on documented curriculum objectives.

2 Learning and Learning Environment

  • Applies the principles of learning and learning theory to assist the learner in his/her pursuit of individual and group research and inquiry. Participates in the design, construction, and revision of curriculum on a continuous basis.
  • Provides leadership in establishing goals and objectives for the library media program as an integral part of the educational mission of the school.
  • Plans learning activities which allow students to move toward independence and self-directed learning.
  • Identifies and evaluates student performance capabilities for particular types of learning activities and tasks.
  • Participates in continuous assessment of curriculum and instructional programs based on documented curriculum objectives.

3 Planning and Evaluation

  • Determines the goals, functions, and components of the library media program to support the objectives of the total school program.
  • Assesses the status of the library media program to plan for future development.
  • Analyzes the assessment findings to plan for the future development of the media program.
  • Identifies and implements goals and objectives for the short and long-range development of the library media program.
  • Develops and implements a continuous evaluation plan to identify the operational strengths and weaknesses of the library media program.
  • Designs, develops, and writes proposals for acquiring local, state, and federal funds to support and extend the library media program.

4 Media

  • Develops and implements criteria for evaluating and selecting all types of media and instructional equipment.
  • Builds a collection of bibliographic tools to provide current information about media and equipment.
  • Establishes and administers procedures for preview, evaluation, and selection of media and instructional equipment.
  • Evaluates and selects teaching and learning resources appropriate to the developmental needs of students and supportive of curricular objectives.
  • Maintains on-going acquisition program for media resources and instructional equipment.
  • Organizes library media and equipment through a system of cataloging, classification, and indexing which will provide continuous user access
  • Develops bibliographies for faculty/student use in the selection of learning resources.
  • Provides consultation and support for all staff development activities conducted in school.
  • Provides continuous information to students on the materials, equipment and services available through the Library Media Center.
  • Motivates and guides students in the development of reading, viewing, and listening skills which encompass both cognitive and affective competencies.
  • Instructs students in the effective use of library resources and equipment.
  • Instructs students in skills related to retrieving, documenting, evaluation, synthesizing, and using information sources to meet instructional objectives and personal needs.
  • Supervises students in their use of resources and equipment in the library media center.
  • Assesses student use of resources and equipment.
  • Develops a continuous public relations program to stimulate faculty and student use of library resources, equipment, and services.
  • Provides production facilities and services to support the educational programs.
  • Informs faculty and students of the types of production services available or specific needs.
  • Produces instructional media to meet specific instructional objectives.
  • Adopts and edits locally produced media to meet learning needs.
  • Promotes effective use of instructional television and video resources.
  • Produces video programs to meet instructional needs.
  • Implements the effective use of Technology in the instructional program (on-line information retrieval; word processing; graphics production, and other related uses).

5 Management

  • Applies the principles of management to the development and operation of the library media program.
  • Provides leadership for the development and administration of the library media program.
  • Initiates, develops, and implements policies and procedures for the operation of the Library Media Center.
  • Plans and implements functional organizational patterns for staffing the library media center.
  • Assists in the selection and evaluation of Library Media Center personnel.
  • Implements personnel policies and procedures conducive to effective personnel relationships.
  • Administers personnel policies for the effective operation of the library media program.
  • Provides opportunities for library media center personnel to participate in staff development in an in service training activities.
  • Prepares and provides rationale for Library Media Center budget in conjunction with Principal and Director of Libraries and Instructional Resources.
  • Administers the library media center budget to implement programs.
  • Prepares and administers budget for library media center resources and equipment as part of special project funded by private, local, state, or federal monies.
  • Participates in the planning of Library Media Center facilities which will support and enhance the instructional program.
  • Prepares statistical records and written records of the library media program including monthly reports; biennial state media reports, and annual equipment inventory reports.
  • Develops methods and techniques for promoting the role of the library media program in the school and community.
  • Implements policies and procedures for the purpose of maintaining control systems for the library media, equipment, and facilities.
  • Knows legislation such as copyright laws which affects the library media programs and makes appropriate application to library media center operations and disseminates guidelines to faculty and staff

6 Research

  • Applies research principles to the development of the library media program.
  • Utilizes existing research finding to improve the library media center programs.
  • Implements action research and applies finding to improvement of the library media program.
  • Assists teachers in locating research materials.

7 Professional Growth and Development

  • Exercises a leadership role in the educational and local communities.
  • Utilizes existing research findings to improve the library media center programs.
  • Advocates and supports opportunities for professional improvement.
  • Engages in continuous study and self-evaluation for professional growth.
  • Assists teachers in locating professional resources to stimulate professional growth.
  • Supports academic freedom for teachers and students.

8. Performs other related duties, as assigned, to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

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