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Applying for Position:
Academy of Our Lady of Peace,
San Diego, CA

This opening calls for specific administration qualifications set by the school.

Job Description: Library/Instructional Technology Specialist

Report to: Head Librarian & Director of Technology

School Profile:

OLP is a school of 750 students and a diverse educational community that strives to educate young women to the needs of society. As a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school, OLP places a strong emphasis on 21st-century learning skills across the curriculum. The professional

culture at OLP is committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Students are passionate about being involved in the school community, and OLP prides itself on graduating women leaders who are making a difference in STEAM fields. Find out more about our school at www.aolp.org.

Job Summary:

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace seeks a Librarian/Instructional Technology Specialist who is a service-oriented individual capable of working in a busy, private school library with a collection of materials in multiple formats. Specifically, we seek an individual who has

experience with library and information instruction, including technology-focused learning trends and best practices, in order to develop our instructional offerings and support teachers and students. Applicant must be well-versed in various forms and uses of technology including the use of Google for Education tools, Learning Management Systems (LMS), databases, emerging learning technologies and library circulation systems. Patron services are a large part of the

job, and the ability to multitask and problem-solve research, readers’ advisory requests, and solve technology issues is a must. This position also includes clerical work such as inventory of supplies, circulation desk duties, and basic library operational tasks. Applicants must show a willingness to learn about all the print and digital services of the library.

General Librarian Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and provide a library/information center program with services and materials adequate to meet the needs of the curriculum, the students, and the school community, as well as to meet state and national standards
  • Aids in collection development and management of books, databases, periodicals, ebooks and other materials
  • Develop instructional materials using a variety of software and other Web based tools such as Lib Guides and learning management systems such as Blackbaud
  • Work with classroom teachers to design engaging inquiry and learning experiences that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
  • Leads and coordinates with other staff members, teachers and counselors to provide career information to students
  • Provide and maintain a welcoming, supportive atmosphere in the OLP Library
  • Maintains a current awareness of young adult literature and services, as well as professional trends, methods and ethics
  • Seeks new and inventive ways to bring school community members to the library
  • Works as a team to develop and implement programs to encourage reading for enjoyment and information
  • Assist students with research questions, technology issues, citations and book recommendations
  • Maintain a vibrant Web presence that is used to promote library programs and services as well as provide access to the library’s digital resources
  • Provide monthly data analytics on library usage and activities to constituents

Additional Duties Include:

  • Checking in and out library materials to students and faculty
  • Providing reference services
  • Demonstrate to students the use of the book catalog and help them locate materials in the library
  • Run overdues system
  • Contribute to the planning and promotion of library events
  • Shelf reading, sorting and shifting books as needed
  • Process and prepare new materials for circulation, including cataloging and editing MARC records
  • Assist in managing the library schedule
  • Order and maintain an inventory of office and library supplies

Instructional Technology Librarian Responsibilities:

  • Acts as technology resource for staff, students, and faculty in partnership with the Director of Technology
  • Evaluate, promote and use existing as well as emerging educational technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community and provide 24/7 access to library services
  • Knowledge of pedagogical best practices, trends, and assessment with a particular focus in educational technologies and information literacy
  • Partner with faculty and academic staff to plan and deliver course integrated instruction in information literacy and related practices
  • Create educational materials, deliver workshops, and organize events to support teaching and learning
  • Coordinate orientation programs and information literacy programs for first-year and transfer students
  • Provide direct instruction on the use of tech tools to students, staff, and faculty through library instruction and/or workshops
  • Maintain an ongoing current awareness of national trends related to emerging and evolving instructional technologies in education (3D printing and design, virtual reality, electronics, programming, media production); evaluate those trends for applicability to instruction at OLP; and lead in their implementation.

Essential Skills/Qualifications:

This position requires a thorough understanding of school library principles and practices, a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, self-motivation, organization and familiarity with the mission of OLP. In addition, the ideal candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s Degree, Library & Information Sciences (MLIS)
  • Demonstrates work experience with Instructional Technologies and deployment of new resources
  • Previous teaching experience (desired)
  • Previous experience working at a circulation desk
  • Be motivated to learn and possess flexibility in a changing environment
  • Comfortable working with high school students and content area faculty
  • Possess relevant computer skills
  • Creative skills that can be used to design engaging displays and programming
  • Familiarity with research, online search strategies and MLA citations
  • Passion for reading and interest in various book genres
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possess a student-centered nature with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills

Required Documents:

At the time of submitting your application, OLP requires both a cover letter and resume, along with three references from supervisors who have seen your work directly, and verification of degree credentials. Upon hiring you will be required to complete a TB test, Livescan fingerprinting, and provide all official transcripts.

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