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Nibras International School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Feb 7, 2022

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Job Description Librarian

Department: Non-Academic Administration

Line Manager: Principal and Phase Leaders

Key Relationships: Head of Departments and Teachers all across the phases


Job Purpose:


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:

  • Proven working experience in school library
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Kind, considerate and welcoming
  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse community
  • Working knowledge of library systems
  • Engaging interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work and support students and staff


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:

  • Advocating, communicating, and promoting opportunities to improve the profession
  • Maintaining frequent and timely communication to stakeholders through the school and library website, parent newsletter, e-mail, and other formats.
  • Using local and international school library data and research to engage support
  • Writing articles and submitting regular reports providing evidence of what the library and school librarian do to prepare learners to be successful in the twenty-first century
  • Maintaining an effective public relations program
  • Demonstrating a commitment to maintaining intellectual freedom
  • Promoting the ethical use of information


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


Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Librarianship

Experience: Minimum 3 Years’ experience as a school librarian


  • Outstanding performance in counselling & wellbeing in a school setting
  • Safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Excellent communication skills and command of the English language, in spoken and written form
  • A collaborative team-player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Behavior management
  • Ability to involve children to develop a reading habit
  • Creative and energetic


  • Collaborative team player, empathetic listener
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Internationally minded
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Intercultural awareness, creative
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate Professional Development



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.



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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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