Brooklyn Friends School,
Preschool/Lower School Librarian
Brooklyn Friends School seeks a
full-time Preschool/Lower School Librarian beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The ideal
candidate will be passionate about working withchildren in a
school library setting. PS/LS Librarian will co-develop and co-teach
the Preschool/Lower School library
curriculum. Other responsibilities include collaborating with Preschool/Lower School faculty
and technology integrators and performing reader’s advisory and instruction on the use
of the library resources for Preschool and Lower School students and faculty.
Requirements for this position are
an MLS/MLIS degree, experience teaching preschool and lower school students,
preferably in a library setting, a strong desire to work with preschool and lower school students
in an energetic program, facility with technology, knowledge of information literacy
and enthusiasm for children’s literature. BFS seeks candidates with a strong personal
interest in and commitment to issues of diversity, inclusivity and social justice.
People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The PS/LS librarian will co-develop
and co-teach the Preschool/Lower School library curriculum. Other responsibilities
include collaborating with Preschool/Lower School faculty regarding research and
literature needs, working with technology integrators, performing reader’s advisory for
Preschool and Lower School students and faculty, and instructing faculty and students on
the use of the library website, databases and catalog.
● An MLS/MLIS from an ALA
● Experience teaching preschool
through fourth grade in a school library setting.
● A deep knowledge of children’s
literature and developmental needs.
● Proficiency in relevant
● The desire to help maintain a
robust library program that seeks to promote
collaboration with faculty.
● A demonstrated commitment to
social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Work directly with the Library
Department Chair and Co-PS/LS librarian.
- As a teacher, the PS/LS librarian
instructs students in skills relating to reading, research, presentation, and evaluation of
resources. Instruction is also provided for faculty, volunteers, and the BFS community.
● Collaborate with the library
department chair, Co-PS/LS librarian, LS faculty, and technology integrator
to provide a fully integrated curricular program for students.
● With Co-PS/LS librarian, provide
instruction to 25 scheduled weekly classes of preschool through fourth
● Introduce digital information
literacy through the organization of research sources and citation at age
appropriate levels of instruction.
● Assist in the instruction of
faculty in the use of digital resources including the online catalog (Destiny),
databases, and apps.
● Help train Friends of the
Library volunteers in book processing, shelving, and book fair planning.
As an information specialist, the
PS/LS Librarian provides access to resources and devices which enable
students and faculty to identify, locate, and interpret information and communicate their
findings to others.
Curricular Development and
● Assist with the ongoing review
and development of curricula.
● Collaborate with classroom
teachers, specialist teachers and technology integrators to provide an
● Help maintain the library
● Coordinate library programming.
Community Resource Support:
● Suggest print and digital
materials to faculty to support curricula, for class reading groups and read alouds.
Provide bibliographies of materials at BFS for their use.
● Suggest materials to families
and learning specialists to meet the individual needs of students.
● Provide reader’s advisory to
students to support reading pleasure and research needs.
● Assist in the creation of summer
reading lists for grades PS-4.
Collection Development and
● Keep current with children’s
literature and be aware of student interests.
● Help in reviewing the current
collection to insure cultural accuracy, inclusiveness, and relevance.
● Process new books and catalog
resources using Destiny.
● Assist with weeding, repair and
shelving of the library collection.
As a learner, the PS/LS Librarian is
growing in knowledge by continuing to pursue professional development.
● Participate in all-school,
divisional, specialist, and department meetings as scheduled.
● Maintain current knowledge of
the profession by attending conferences and workshops.
● Maintain current professional
● Read professional journals,
newsletters and blogs.
Mission and Philosophy of the BFS
However our students feel
comfortable expressing themselves, experimenting with how they want to show up in the world,
and perform themselves, there is a welcome mat laid at the door of the BFS Library. That
is central to our work as librarians. We talk about books being valuable as both windows
and mirrors. We make sure to bring in authors, illustrators, and storytellers who
give us a new perspective and a reassuring look in the mirror. We want our library to
create pride and celebration of all identities.
If interested please send resume and
cover letter to Katie Ryan, Library Department Chair at email@example.com