Nibras International School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Feb 7, 2022
Job Description Librarian
Department: Non-Academic Administration
Line Manager: Principal and Phase Leaders
Key Relationships: Head of Departments and Teachers all across the phases
For all staff in school we share a responsibility to ensure that children are always safe and properly supervised. Our school is committed to ‘amazing learning’- providing enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences so that every pupil makes as much progress as possible. All staff are expected to adhere to NIS policies and code of conduct and commit to promoting our vision – ‘A happy community school with amazing learning at its heart where pupils are empowered to make choices, engage in meaningful learning experiences and make exceptional progress’
We are looking for a professional school librarian:
● To ensure that, all students and staff members are effective users of ideas and information
● Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researcher and ethical users of information
● To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
● To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists as necessary
● To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program (SLP) is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school as per NEASC and KHDA standards
Key qualities and skills:
Key duties include:
As a Leader
As a leader the school librarian creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The school librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel that they are important members of a team. Strong leaders foster an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others to create consensus. They anticipate future obstacles and continually retool to meet challenges. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, an advocate for the SLP, and a professional member of the school library community by:
● Taking an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities
● Benchmarking the SLP to School Standards
● Creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
● Sharing with the learning community collaboratively developed and up-to-date policies concerning such issues as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use
● Encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
● Maintaining active memberships in professional associations
● Remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs
● Advocating for school library programs and the guiding principles of the school library profession; the school librarian is an active, accessible, and informed proponent of the school library profession by:
As an Instructional Partner
As an instructional partner the school librarian works with teachers to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as an essential and equal partner in the instructional process by:
● Participating in the curriculum development process to ensure that the curricula include the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy) necessary to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners
● Collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
● Participating in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction and evaluating activities
● Joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
● Providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school for all staff
As an Information Specialist
As information specialist, the school librarian provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information. The school librarian ensures equitable access and responsible use of information by:
● Ensuring that in accordance with School Policy, developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community
● Cooperating and networking with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school
● Evaluating, promoting, and using existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services
● Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assisting users with their understanding and observance of the same
● Organizing the collection for maximum and effective use
The school librarian empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The school librarian supports students’ success by guiding them in:
➔ Reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
➔ Using information for defined and self-defined purposes
➔ Building on prior knowledge and constructing new knowledge
➔ Embracing the world of information and all its formats
➔ Working with peers in successful collaboration for learning
➔ Constructively assessing their own learning and the work of their peers
➔ Becoming their own best critics
As a Program Administrator
As program administrator, the school librarian works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the policies of the school library program, and to guide and direct all activities related to it. The school librarian maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program by:
● Using strategic planning for the continuous improvement of the program
● Ensuring that school library program goals and objectives are aligned with School Strategic Plans
● Using effective management principles, including the supervision of personnel, resources, and facilities, in developing and implementing program goals and objectives
● Using evidence of practice, particularly in terms of learning outcomes, to support program goals and planning
● Supervising staff, which may include educational assistants, computer education assistants, volunteers, and student assistants
● Submitting request for the library resources
● Establishing processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, etc. that assure appropriate resources are available when needed
● Creating and maintaining in the school library a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to student learning
● Selecting and using effective technological applications for management purposes
● Arranging for flexible scheduling of the school libraries to provide student accessibility to staff and resources at point of need
● Ensuring equitable physical access to school library facilities by providing barrier-free, universally designed environments
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Librarianship
Experience: Minimum 3 Years’ experience as a school librarian
Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description
Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.
The International Schools Partnership
Nibras International School is part of The International Schools Partnership (ISP).
The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.
ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and commercial operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to 45 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 45,000 pupils and 7,000 staff located across the globe.
We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools as the leading school of choice in their local area. We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world who are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more pupils and staff to the group.
All our schools:
• Help children and pupils learn to levels that amaze them.
• Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful later.
• Are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages.
• Aim to be the schools of choice for children, pupils and their families, wherever we are.
ISP and Nibras International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.
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