Middle School Media Specialist (Librarian)

Greater Nashville Area, TN
Instructional – Electives
Full Time
LEAD Public Schools grows both students and staff. We are expanding high-quality education throughout the Nashville area, and we need thoughtful, growth minded staff members to do that work. LEAD Public Schools employees are a rare bunch: driven to go the extra mile in driving student success, collaborative to the core, always striving to become a better educator, and finding ways to infuse fun and joy into the work environment. We are always on the lookout for how to make LEAD Public Schools a better place for our scholars and our families. #whyILEAD 

LEAD Public Schools is a network of six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominantly minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. The first five graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.

There are many public charter schools and many models. LEAD Public Schools prides itself on being different. We balance rigor and love, taking head on the challenges that make a person academically successful and building the relationships that make them emotionally independent.

In direct service to the students of LEAD Public Schools, the Media Specialist/Librarian is responsible for the creation of the library into an active learning space for all learners.  The Media Specialist/Librarian is responsible for educating students on how to properly locate materials within the library, check out materials, and how to use different forms of media to research information that enhances their overall learning.  This person is responsible for all media forms within the library (books, computers, etc.).  

Development of a Highly Effective Media Center

    • Inspire students to expand their knowledge through the use of the media center/library
    • Teach students how to utilize the media center/library in order to research and gain access to materials that will expand their knowledge on various subjects within the school curriculum and in life
    • Expand student knowledge by connecting their curriculum and/or interests learning with media center/library materials 

Planning and Implementing for Information Access, Evaluation, and Use

    • Create an environment conducive to quick accessibility, good study habits, and development of proficient media users
    • Select and provide access to a wide variety of materials that meet the needs of various learning situations and appeal to many different interests, learning styles, and reading levels
    • Assemble collections of media that support the curriculum, with awareness of cultural diversity and gender fair criteria in the selection and recommendation of materials
    • Maintain an accurate and current inventory of media material and equipment
    • Establish media center rules, routines, and procedures that create an effective learning environment while holding students and staff accountable to those high expectations

Planning and Implementing for Teaching and Learning

    • Collaborate with and coach teachers to provide instructional strategies and resources in teaching information and technology literacy skills
    • Understand current trends in education and familiarity with curriculum content and instructional practices
    • Assist staff to encourage the widest possible use of technology and media through meaningful integration of resources in the classroom

Qualifications

    • Minimum two years of experience in elementary or secondary education preferred, but not required
    • Experience managing and running a school library
    • Demonstrated knowledge of technology use and integration for classroom purposes
    • Previous experience with diverse student populations or in an urban setting preferred
    • Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree in Library and Information Studies is preferred
    • Tennessee State Certification with Library Information Specialist endorsement required (Endorsement code 473)
LEAD Public Schools offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.

LEAD Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.