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Mineral County Schools 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV 26726            Phone: 304-788-4200            Fax: 304-788-4204

Library Media Specialist

Library Media Specialist

MINERAL COUNTY SCHOOLS

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

POSITION:                                  LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:       Building Administrator

FLSA/CONTRACT STATUS:      Exempt

EMPLOYMENT TERM:              Minimum 200 days annually, pursuant to WV Code §18-5-45; extended employment terms may be established by the Mineral County Board of Education.

SALARY:                                    Pursuant to WV Code §18A-4-2, in accordance with Mineral County Teacher Salary Schedule, commensurate with experience and education level.

EVALUATION:                            Performance in this position will be evaluated by the building principal/immediate supervisor and in accordance with WV State Code §18A-2-12, WV State Board Policy 5310 and Mineral County Board of Education Evaluation Policy.  

JOB SUMMARY:                        The Library Media Specialist serves as an instructional leader who advocates for and works toward access for all to information, media, and literature in a variety of forms and for diverse purposes.  As an instructional leader, the Library Media Specialist acts as an advocate and support for information access, as teacher, instructional consultant, and media manager to ensure that the library media operations and resources are a fully integrated part of the instruction program of the school and promote contemporary learners and learning. 

 

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of library information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information;
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  • Uses knowledge of national, state, and local curriculum, information literacy standards, and standards for 21st Learner to construct lessons; uses standards to set expectations for students;
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  • Creates a library/media center environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity level and interests of students;
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  • Interacts with students to promote positive attitudes toward school library and technology;
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  • Utilizes effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly;
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  • Establishes and maintains professional communication with parents, students, and district personnel; ensures that all interactions are supportive, courteous, and respectful;
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  • Serves as an instructional consultant and library media center information specialist;
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  • Serves as a primary resource on district approved instructional resources;
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  • Collaborates with faculty to assist with researching, lesson planning, integration of technology and ordering materials that align with district curriculum;
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  • Supervises and manages volunteers to support the functions of the library;
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  • Works collaboratively with staff to plan and adapt instruction to meet the needs of individual students and acts as a resource for teachers as they plan instruction and instructional interventions;
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  • Advises and supports faculty understanding that technology is integral to information literacy instruction and provides extensive, appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology (e.g. online databases, audio and eBooks) and print- and non-print based library media resources;
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  • Communicates to parents, students, and personnel the laws and policies of information utilization (i.e. copyright laws).
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  • Maximizes availability of library space, time, and resources for student use – at class level, for small groups, and for individual students;
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  • Manages the school instructional material resources, technology resources and library/media center;
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  • Provides equitable and varied access to high quality resources to support curriculum-based research as well as personal interest and recreational reading;
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  • Provides services and resources that allow students to develop skills in locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and using technology and information to solve problems;
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  • Provides flexible learning spaces for large and small groups and supports the development of student responsibility;
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  • Collaborates with faculty to assist with researching, lesson planning, integration of technology and ordering materials that align with district curriculum;
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  • Models core organizational beliefs and values; communicates openly and effectively within and across teams to maximize student success;
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  • Effectively plans school library program to meet identified needs of school and district;
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  • Plans schedule to ensure availability of library and materials to students throughout the school day;
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  • Provides learning opportunities related to new technologies, and use and production of a variety of media formats;
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  • Conducts classes in library science skills and research skills using technology, online resources, digital content, and print- and non-print, and to ensure lessons are integrated with core curriculum and supported with appropriate library media standards;
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  • Compiles and oversees allocated budget and spending for school library; purchase books, periodicals, audio-visual materials and equipment, and other items within allocated budget guidelines for the library;
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  • Manages acquisitions, processing, organizing, distribution, maintenance, and inventory of instructional resources both technology and print based medium;
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  • Maintains accurate and complete records as required by the district; files all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required;
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  • Supervises students at all times in accordance with state, county, and school policies;
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  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings and serves on staff committees as required;
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  • Maintains and pursues professional development activities that align with district goals and initiatives and current professional research;
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  • Maintains professional work habits;
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  • Complies with all policies, operating procedures, legal requirements, and verbal and written directives;
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  • Complies with the Professional Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for West Virginia Educators;
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  • Adheres to Employee Code of Conduct as outlined in Mineral County School’s Policy 3210; and
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  • Performs other duties deemed appropriate and assigned by the Superintendent and/or immediate supervisor(s).

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid teaching certificate endorsed for School Library Media PreK-Adult, pursuant to WV Code §18A-3-2; and
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  • Criminal background check conducted pursuant to WV Code §18-5-15c and/or §18A-3-10, as appropriate

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs while in the workplace.  Alcohol and controlled substance which affects employee productivity, safety or judgment in the workplace will not be tolerated.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach, stand, walk, lift, grasp, write, talk, hear, see, use technology such as computers and multimedia equipment, and use repetitive motions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently lift and/or move at least 10 pounds of materials.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, the ability to adjust focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff members.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Most commonly, the educational setting is indoors. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate (20-60 dB).

 

The information contained in the job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of duties performed by this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

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MINERAL COUNTY SCHOOLS: 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV. 26726      |      Phone: 304-788-4200      |      Fax: 304-788-4204
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