Library Media Specialist

Canterbury School
Greensboro, NC United States

Canterbury School is part of a long Episcopal school tradition of strong academics, an inquiry-based approach to learning, and a diverse environment. We give a central place to both the life of reason and the life of faith, and we believe that the ultimate purpose of education is to prepare students to become contributors to and leaders in an ever-changing world. Our PreK-8 structure concentrates on the learning needs and development of young children and middle school adolescents, without the added complexities of the high school experience. Since our founding in 1993, we have stressed that the most complete education develops the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.

Canterbury maintains a staff of approximately 70 employees, and its teaching faculty are a healthy mix of veteran, mid- and early-career educators who enjoy small class sizes where every child is known, cared for, and loved. Students of color comprise about 20 percent of our student body of 325. Our school is situated on a beautiful 35-acre campus with a natural area, ropes course, and pond – and also a well-equipped science center. From chess to outdoor exploration, faculty are encouraged to share their passions, and students and teachers participate together in service learning as well. Canterbury Cougars are active in Greensboro, and we’re told that our students are some of the most polite in town – but they’re also still kids who love to have fun in a community that challenges their minds and nourishes their spirits.

Greensboro, NC is the birthplace of the Sit-In Movement, a progressive community full of religious and ethnic diversity. It offers outstanding universities, wonderful restaurants, beautiful parks and trails, minor league baseball and basketball teams, and a new 3,000-seat performing arts center opening this year.

Library Media Specialist

Canterbury seeks a passionate, collaborative, and full-time library media specialist for the 2020-21 school year. The basic duties of the library media specialist involve management of all aspects of library service and require a detail-oriented approach to reference, bibliographic instruction, collection development, technical service, circulation, media equipment, et al. As libraries move increasingly from paper to digital collections, expertise in current information technology and a forward-looking perspective are crucial.

Canterbury will open a new, state-of-the-art library and administrative building this spring, and the library media specialist may have the opportunity to design their space and the challenge to supervise the library’s move into the new building.

The successful candidate is an educator who:

  • loves reading and is able to share that passion effectively with students and faculty.
  • loves both lower school and middle school-aged students and is able to supervise and manage them effectively.
  • collaborates easily and effectively with other teachers to plan and implement lessons.
  • reads enthusiastically and widely across genres and disciplines and can transmit enthusiasm to children and preadolescents. 
  • possesses a wide knowledge and commitment to both classic and modern, multicultural literature and can situate them in interdisciplinary contexts.
  • provides group instruction and individual guidance to students to help them locate resources and use effective research techniques.
  • consults with teachers on appropriate use of materials and helps them schedule materials for classroom instruction.
  • initiates sessions to assist students and teachers in the use of technology in the library/media center.
  • manages acquisitions, processing, organizing, distribution, maintenance, and inventory of resources.
  • manages school subscriptions.
  • fosters a climate of respect for each child as an individual.
  • makes interesting and effective presentations to staff and parents on library-related topics.
  • has comfort recruiting support from and working with parent volunteers as necessary.
  • maintains strong relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. 
  • maintains a safe, healthy, and inviting learning space.
  • cheerfully supervises lunch, recess, carpool, and other duties as required and participates in all required school events and the life of the school.
  • is experienced in and committed to the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive community.
  • is able to handle frequent lifting of books, boxes, etc.

Qualifications

An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in library science or another area related in the humanities is required. School experience is strongly preferred, as is a proven ability to work in a multifaceted environment while maintaining high standards of professionalism, discretion, a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and a good sense of humor. Canterbury offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Contact Information

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position, which could begin as soon as February 2021 and as late as July 1, 2021, by email to Academic Dean Angela McCray-Hancock at mccray-hancocka@canterburygso.org.

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