SUPERVISOR OF LIBRARY SERVICES – Arlington Public Schools, VA

QUALIFICATIONS:
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
• Undergraduate degree plus a master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an accredited graduate institution;
• Considerable responsible experience in school library development and program management;
• Experience as a school library specialist and classroom teacher is highly desirable;
• Or any equivalent combination of education and experience which would provide the above noted knowledge, skills and abilities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
• Possession of (eligibility for) Postgraduate Professional Certificate with endorsement in library science or related field and in supervision issued by the Virginia Department of Education.
• Bilingual skills preferred but not required.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK
The Supervisor of Library Services is responsible for program leadership in Library Services throughout the school system. Specific goals include incorporating trends in K-12 education with school library development and providing curricular resources and instructional support to achieve Virginia Standards of Learning. The supervisor works with Department of Teaching and Learning staff, administrators, principals, Librarians, Instructional Technology Coordinators, teachers and school library support personnel to provide information resources and deliver a strong school library instructional program.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The Supervisor of Library Services supervises and evaluates the Administrative Assistant, two Library Technicians, and the Head Cataloger. They also assist principals in the hiring, observation, and evaluation of school Librarians.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
• Creates and fosters the mission and vision of Library Services within Arlington Public Schools to further equitable and inclusive practices.
• In collaboration with Librarians and others, establishes and integrates the philosophy, mission, goals and objectives of the program with the Arlington Public Schools’ Strategic Plan.
• Manages the Arlington Public Schools’ library catalog, Follett Destiny; works with the Director and staff of the Arlington Public Library; and facilitates communication between the Department of Information Services’ staff, and other groups as needed.
• Works with content area supervisors and librarians to integrate Virginia Standards of Learning (K-12) with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) library standards.
• Fosters literacy instruction in school libraries by demonstrating knowledge of curricular connections to current children’s and young adult literature.
• Develops a continuous program for professional and support staff related to effective Library Services, with special emphasis on the application of new information technologies, and implementation of best practices in school libraries.
• Responsible for the district-wide provision and evaluation of online reference databases and encourages review and evaluation of emerging information technologies that relate to the school library instructional program.
• Works with the Head Cataloger to plan and expedite the system-wide ordering, cataloging into the library catalog, processing, and delivery of print and media resources to school libraries.
• Designs and writes the guidelines, policies and best practices in school libraries through various publications and communications including the Arlington Public Schools Library Services Handbook, the APS Learning Management System (Canvas), district-wide publications, and the Library Services website.
• Provides budget review and management of Library Services accounts and has oversight of all Library Books and Materials accounts (507) in school system.
• Coordinates library outreach programs such as the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), School/Public Library Liaison, author visits to schools, and other literacy programing.
• Works with Facilities staff, principals, supervisors, architects and vendors in the planning, construction and furnishing of new libraries as well as renovation and expansion of existing facilities.
• Participates in various system and local committees to provide information and advocacy for school library programs and other ad hoc projects related to curriculum and school library instruction.
• Collaborates and works with local, regional and state school library professionals to enhance professional practice, including participation in projects initiated by the Virginia Department of Education.
• Collects and assesses school library data such as circulation and database uses, and conducts annual school library interviews to capture student evaluation of school library instruction and activities.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned.

EXPERIENCE:
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• Experience working with students, families, and staff from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
• Thorough knowledge of trends and issues in education, school Library Services, emerging instructional technologies, and library administration and management.
• Thorough professional knowledge of school library and general library guidelines and practices, e.g. AASL national standards, including information literacy, current children’s and young adult literature, local, regional, and national library publications and information sources.
• Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups to achieve program objectives.
• Strong skills in the application of technology for personal productivity, including the ability to produce documents and reports, and use current and advanced information technology to search and access information in a variety of formats.
• Administrative ability to supervise, train, and evaluate professional, paraprofessional and library support staff, including the ability to delegate work assignments and properly exercise authority and responsibility, both within the offices of Library Services and the school library community.
• Ability to effectively advocate the mission of Library Services within APS, and the Arlington community.
• Ability to impart professional and supervisory knowledge to other staff members.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, administrators, community leaders, library patrons and the general public.
• Ability to work with the public, maintaining a positive, pleasant, and service-oriented environment for library patrons.

OTHER INFORMATION:
APPLICATION PROCESS
Candidates must submit an application online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Administrative/Technical application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 2019 AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy G-2.30, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.

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