Dayton Public Schools is looking for a Library Media Specialist (LMS). The LMS is responsible for working collaboratively with school administration and staff to develop a library program that supports the curriculum; provide instructional leadership for the teaching of literacy skills; develops and maintains a media center collection rich in both print and non-print materials’ and manages the media center as a flexible, multi-task learning environment.
The Dayton Way
- Support and maintain the District’s core principles in the areas of professionalism, curriculum, instruction, culture, and customer service. Demonstrate courage, compassion, patience, and a passion for teaching in daily activities.
- Meet the challenges of delivering education in an urban school setting. Use instructional methods to help struggling learners reach grade level.
- Navigate competing instructional initiatives and find ways to apply them to the classroom effectively.
- Build confidence in students, parents, and guardians that academic achievement is attainable through high expectations and sustained effort.
- Collaborate and engage effectively with teachers and administrators to implement instructional strategies that promote student success in content areas.
- Build positive rapport and trust with families and community partners to facilitate their engagement in education efforts.
- Participate in district-organized professional development activities and seek out opportunities for self-development to improve instruction design and delivery skills.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Incumbent performs a majority of the following duties)
- Works with students, teachers, and administrators to understand and utilize diverse informational resources that can contribute to increased student achievement.
- Manages all resources housed within the L/MC and maintain an inventory of all building technology resources.
- Works with daily circulation of L/MC materials and compiles monthly circulation and end of year reports for both the building Principal and district.
- Provides overdue notices to homerooms and enforces student and staff accountability for borrowed L/MC materials.
- Accurately shelves and re-shelves all L/MC materials, to include edging and shifting resources, when needed.
- Supports the district’s non-negotiables and other Curriculum and Instruction initiatives that support teaching and learning.
- Demonstrates proficiency and valid interest in the everyday management of the building L/MC day to day operations.
- Willing to learn the district’s library automation system and ensure staff and students are familiar with district wide technology.
- Manages collection and performs necessary collection development duties, as needed, to include but not limited to new print and digital materials, periodicals and supplies.
- Maintain a neat, organized collection of books and other media resources and keep necessary circulation records for the collection.
- Serves as an educational technology resource in the building supporting learning activities that make the classroom library/technology connection.
- Works cooperatively with students and building staff in order to provide scheduling and library rotation services.
- Attends all L/MC staff meetings and other job-related training, including maintaining a working knowledge of current hardware and software applications.
- Assists in working with staff and students to ensure they effectively integrate educational technology and are efficient users of technology tools.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Building Principal.
CORE BEHAVIORS & COMPETENCIES
- Coping with Stress = think critically and solve problems in difficult situations; capable of handling interruptions effectively
- Interpersonal Skills = successfully interact and engage with students, families, colleagues, administrators, and others; enjoy working with children
- Presentation Skills = creatively share information verbally and in writing to build interest and engage student learners; organize and present information in meaningful, easy-to-understand ways
- Adaptability and Flexibility = willingness to change methods and approaches as appropriate
- Must be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S.
- Must possess current Library Media License issued by the Ohio Department of Education
- Prior experience in a school media center and with technology is preferred
Knowledge & Experience
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principals, and methodologies of teaching and learning and of current practices in library media
- Must possess the ability to develop instructional goals for students
- Demonstrated ability in decision making, problem analysis, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship and planning
- Ability to collaborate with other instructional personnel
- Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, crouch, kneel, stoop, and climb stairs
- Occasionally lift and/or move lightweight items up to 40 lbs
- Work is performed in a classroom setting
- Occasional exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and tissue
- Work may be subject to frequent interruptions
- Potential exposure to disruptive parents and students
- Some assignments are subject to completion within strict timelines
- Periodic travel for meetings, professional development activities, and work assignments