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Middle School Librarian, Amherst Regional Middle School, Amherst, MA

The Amherst Regional Middle school is seeking a Middle School Librarian (grades 7-8). The candidate will need to be passionate about all the opportunities that the position holds and enjoy spending his or her days working with middle grade students. In addition to maintaining and overseeing our library space, he or she will manage the acquisition, processing, organization, maintenance, circulation, and inventory of print and electronic resources for the library. He or she must have working knowledge of the role of school libraries in the 21st century and the Massachusetts State Curriculum frameworks. In addition to supporting students and teachers, he or she will be a student advisor and have administrative duties.

Job description:
The Amherst Regional Middle School Librarian reports to the Middle School Principal. The Middle School Librarian is responsible for both the day-to-day operations and the long term planning of all aspects of his/her own school library. In partnership with the Director of Information and Technology and the other librarians in the district, the Middle School Librarian promotes digital, information, and media literacy. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Manage the acquisition, processing, organization, maintenance, circulation, and inventory of print and electronic resources for the library.
2. Maintain and oversee the physical space ensuring that it is accessible to all Middle School students, faculty and staff.
3. Promote books and reading through book talks and other literacy activities.
4. Promote the value of, and provide training in, the use of online library databases for both faculty and students.
5. Provide leadership on best practices in research methods and tools, media studies, and library and information literacy.
6. Provide individual and group instruction for students on the acquisition and use of research resources and techniques, using age appropriate models.
7. Collaborate and plan with teachers on the appropriate use of library materials as well as library technology resources used by students for classroom instruction and projects.
8. Using professional journals, select and purchase appropriate materials to enhance support of the curriculum and for reading.
9. Develop and manage, along with the other school librarians, the annual library budget.
10. Work alongside members of the Student Services group to support students with special needs.
11. Perform other duties which may include, but are not limited to, homeroom advisor, committee member, and student club faculty mentor as assigned by the Middle School Principal.
12. Train and manage library volunteers.

Job Requirements:
Expertise as a Media Specialist- familiarity with the current technology and its applications, as it pertains to literacy instruction
Experience working with highly diverse students (including academically, linguistically , economically, and culturally diverse populations)
Familiarity with Restorative Practices
Familiarity with operating student advisory and guided study
Ability to present, teach, model best practices to faculty, as it pertains to literacy
Experience working with Middle School Age students

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