Librarian ES and Early Childhood at Concordia International School Shanghai

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Position Title:   School Librarian (Preschool to Grade 4)

Divisions:          Elementary and Early Childhood

Supervisor:       Assistant Head of School-Teaching and Learning

Position Summary: The Elementary School Librarian, in coordination with the MS/HS Librarian, manage, develop, and promote the Concordia School Libraries to ensure that an effective resource and information service is provided for elementary and early childhood students and staff.  He/ she works closely with ES and EC divisional leadership to foster the learning in each division.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Library Certification
  • MLS - from an ALA accredited university


  • Three to five years school library experience including teaching information literacy component and collection development in an elementary school setting
  • Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with American educational system 



  • Knowledge of children’s literature
  • Ability to support curriculums through children’s literature
  • Use of curation tools like LibGuides or other Wiki spaces
  • Collection development experience in public and/or private libraries
  • Collaboration and rapport building capabilities
  • Detailed-oriented organizational skills
  • Ability to use the Internet and subscription databases
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to engage readers through book talks, read aloud, reviews, recommendations, etc. 
  • Skilled at reader’s advisory for students and parents
  • Working ability of both Mac and PC platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Follett’s Destiny automation system

General Expectations 

  • Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of library reference materials and research techniques
  • Supports the yearly Book Week experiences, including but not limited to researching and securing authors for the Early childhood and Elementary divisions.
  • Leads the responsive reading program
  • Utilizes computer technology and software application
  • Understands the importance of information literacy
  • Provides effective communication skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with administration, teachers, staff
  • Enjoys working with students of all ages in a Christian-based setting
  • Performs responsibilities without close supervision
  • Demonstrates proven library management skills


Job Specific Expectations

A. Organization

  • Reviews and recommends purchases for books, electronic resources, and periodicals to meet the curricular and personal needs of students, faculty, and staff
  • Builds classrooms libraries based upon knowledge of Readers and Writers Workshop (Teachers College model) 
  • Coordinates the school library media programs
  • Contributes to curriculum development through attendance at faculty and departmental discussions and informal liaison with individual teachers
  • Evaluates EC/ES Library programs and makes recommendations for improvement
  • Monitors library usage and records statistical information as required

B. Instruction and Instructional Development

  • Promotes effective use of library media programs
  • Trains students and faculty in search techniques, research, and specific database use
  • Assists in preparing resource lists, pathfinders, wikis
  • Assumes an active role in collaborative teaching and curriculum development
  • Participates with the teaching staff in the planning and developing of the school’s information literacy skills and has an active involvement in the form of delivery

C. Library Media Staff Development

  • Continues to acquire knowledge through in-service, workshops and academic courses
  • Provides in-service education for staff
  • Trains and leads library assistants by delegating tasks, fostering growth, and supporting the goal setting and job-specific professional learning opportunities
  • Fosters the use of new development/innovations in instructional media/technology
  • Promotes/facilitates communication among library media staff
  • Networks with other library media professionals and professional library organizations

D. Communication

  • Promotes the library media program to the students/faculty/parents via library website

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