Head Librarian (Upper School)
St. Albans School of Washington, DC, is seeking a Head Librarian of the Ellison Library beginning in Fall 2019. The Ellison Library supports the needs of the Upper School student body with a carefully selected and well-balanced collection of print and non-print materials, while at the same time fostering intellectual curiosity, sharing of ideas, development of research skills, and a love of reading as the basis for learning.
Duties of the Head Librarian include: serving as an academic leader by promoting the libraries’ stated goals; managing both the physical and digital spaces of the Ellison Library, which houses a collection of 18,000 titles and serves the entire St. Albans Upper School community; maintaining and developing the school’s print and digital collections and databases, including several special collections; leading the development and delivery of library-specific lesson plans in support of and integrated with classroom curricula; promoting active communication with faculty and students on new materials and trends in media availability; overseeing and monitoring students in the library and advising students on research strategies; managing the library budget, including careful tracking of expenses for books, periodicals, AV, and digital sources; ensuring and maintaining a cooperative relationship, including a shared catalog, with the library at the National Cathedral School for Girls; overseeing the library’s webpage and online presence; working with the school’s Educational Technology Coordinator on such initiatives as Chromebook management, LMS best practices, and professional development topics; and ensuring that—in keeping with its ideals—the library provides a beautiful, inviting, interesting, creative, and engaging intellectual and academic environment. Other duties may include serving as an advisor, coaching, or some other similar activity.
Strong candidates will have an MLS degree or equivalent; background in a secondary school or university setting; an awareness and interest in library and media science trends; the willingness to engage in creative approaches to learning; and the ability to engage effectively with faculty and students in all disciplines.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to STAjobs@stalbansschool.org
under the heading Head Librarian Position