Required for August 2020
NIST is looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and highly collaborative teacher librarian for the elementary school. The elementary library, or Mechai Learning Commons (MLC), is a vibrant community space designed as a conceptual and physical hub of activity and engagement. It requires a teacher librarian who is visionary about the future of libraries and information literacy.
The successful candidate must have a passion for continuing to develop the library as an impactful, flexible learning space for our NIST community. The elementary teacher librarian is fundamental for continuing to build a library that our community has pride in; that provides inspiration for literacy; is a place which facilitates reading for pleasure; and is a rich, well-resourced centre for information literacy.
-Demonstrate, at all times, the IB learner profile attributes and reflect pedagogical practices that align with the school’s mission, vision and values.
-Demonstrate a growth mindset and a commitment to learn, be flexible, collaborate and try new things in response to student needs.
-Possess strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.
-Be flexible and responsive to our NIST community while still providing clear guidelines and expectations.
-Be visible and proactive.
-Leading a Shared Vision
-Continue to raise the profile of the MLC for students, teachers and parents as a focal point within the elementary school.
-Promote a welcoming, positive and inclusive learning environment.
-Promote the objectives of the MLC through displays, NIST News, author visits and special events.
Leading a Culture of Learning
-Further enhance and elevate the reading culture through various class and school-wide events such as author visits, book sales, book clubs, etc.
-Build, maintain and organize an outstanding collection of easily accessible print and non-print materials to support and reflect our diverse student body.
-Utilize different cultural practices in line with international mindedness.
-Orientate and teach students about the use of the library, and its systems, resources and technology.
-Communicate and plan with teaching teams and coaches to provide effective curriculum support and engaging classroom libraries.
-Collaborate with year 6 teachers and students to support them during the PYP exhibition process.
Leading a Culture of Human Development and Empowerment
-Support the ongoing professional growth of the library team through coaching, training and delegation.
-Build and maintain a professional library collection for faculty.
-Provide professional learning sessions to orient and update teaching staff on library resources, technology and procedures.
-Develop a strong collaborative working relationship with the secondary teacher librarian to provide a sense of continuity of support for students.
-Work with the secondary teacher librarian to formulate agreements and procedures that support a developmental approach to the areas of learning supported by the library.
-Maintain current knowledge of effective and dynamic libraries and international developments in school librarianship by participating in professional organizations and subscribing to professional journals to stay current with research in the impact of neuroscience and the science of learning on student agency, engagement, and motivation.
-Demonstrate an understanding of multi-literacies, including multilingualism and multimodalities (e.g., in teaching, resourcing, acquisitions, staffing, design of spaces and technology).
-Build networks both within the school and outside the school.
-Continue the NIST librarians’ involvement in the country-wide international school library network (BLISS) to support practices at NIST, build our reputation in the region and ensure continued professional development.
-Maintain and further develop effective library systems within the school.
-Monitor and share library data and records of library operations to guide and inform future planning.
-Administer the annual library budget and supervise the annual library materials inventory.
-Ensure the continuous review of resources, and continually refine and develop the databases and book collections.
-Participate in elementary staff meetings, and in subject and year level team leader meetings as needed.
Expectations of all NIST Faculty
-Contribute to the school’s extra-curricular activities/service programmes.
-Perform duties in accordance with the NIST Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct and NIST Professional Code of Conduct.
-Support school community, professional standards and trust.
-Complete all duties as defined by the school's leadership for the designated role.