Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
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LIBRARIAN


Amherst Regional Middle School
Amherst-Pelham Regional School District
Amherst, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3160722 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: August 20, 2019 Starting Date: August 28, 2019

Job Description
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: Middle School Librarian
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.


INTERNAL APPLICANTS: The applicant should be aware that, if she/he is successful and is moving into another district, this transfer will result in the loss of professional teacher status and seniority for purposes of the Reduction in Staff provision of the collective bargaining agreement.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


Welcome to Amherst Regional Middle School!

Amherst Regional Middle School is a 7th and 8th grade school serving students in the towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury. We are located at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst, MA. The school has approximately 625 students, organized into seven different teams. This team structure provides every student with an opportunity to study in a small learning community and to be known well by teachers and peers.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Amherst Public, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham Public School Districts prohibits discrimination against employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, genetic information and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment.

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

The Amherst Public, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham Public School Districts prohibits discrimination against employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, genetic information and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment.
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. Our district is committed to "Becoming a Multicultural School System." We work to provide all students with an education that enables them to be contributing members of a multi-ethnic, multicultural society. We strive to ensure that our community of students, families and staff are learning, treated equitably and share the job of creating a caring environment. Please describe any personal background, training, work or other experience that you feel demonstrates your ability to help us in achieving this goal.
    Long Essay (Answer limited to 4000 characters, including spaces)

    2. Our schools are committed to academic excellence for every student, every day! We strive to attain high levels of student achievement for all of our students and we work to ensure the academic engagement and a sense of belonging of all students. Describe how you have fulfilled the obligation to attain high levels of achievement and specifically how you have planned for and fostered the academic engagement and a sense of belonging for every student, every day.
    Long Essay (Answer limited to 4000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Joseph Smith, Middle School Prinicpal
    170 Chestnut Street
    Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
    Phone: 413-362-1850
    Fax: 413-549-9812
    Email: smithj@arps.org