William Penn Charter School, a co-ed, pre-K-12 independent Quaker day school, seeks a full-time Lower School Librarian to begin in the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants must possess a Master’s in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. Candidates must also have at least three years of lower school library experience. The Librarian will teach information literacy skills and promote a lifelong love of reading in grades PreK-5. Additionally, they will partner with Lower School faculty to promote school library use, research and reading within the Penn Charter community. The librarian works collaboratively with other members of the library department.
The successful candidate will also embrace student-centered pedagogy, model curiosity and a desire for professional growth, and exhibit a willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues. Additionally, they will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion both in their teaching practice and in building relationships. The ability to guide teachers in differentiating instruction and working closely and compassionately with families is central to this role.The librarian works collaboratively with other members of the library department to create a library that is the intellectual hearth of the lower school. Familiarity with the principles and practices of Quakerism and Quaker education and Responsive Classroom is highly desirable.
Responsibilities of the Librarian include:
Establish sequential goals and objectives for library/information literacy instruction in grades K through 5
Develop and teach weekly PreK through 5th grade lesson plans to meet goals and objectives, as well as flexibly scheduled classes for research projects.
Teach sequential library and research skills, coordinated with and integrated into the classroom curriculum in collaboration with lower school faculty.
Recommend developmentally appropriate excellent children's literature to students, teachers and families or caregivers. Promote the best new books. Provide reference and reader's advisory services.
Develop and select materials for a diverse library collection which reflects Penn Charter's Quaker mission, lower school curriculum, current trends in technology, and the highest standards in children's literature.
Oversee daily operations to create and maintain a warm, welcoming, community-centered environment which serves the lower school community as a center of learning. This includes keeping the Trask Library open until 4:00 on school days for family library use (adult caregivers must be present).
Catalog library materials and ensure prompt shelving of materials.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Lower School Director or Director of Libraries.
Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.
About William Penn Charter School
William Penn Charter School is a Quaker, coeducational, PreK-12 day school on a 47 acre campus in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our diverse student body of 968 students travels to Penn Charter from 105 different zip codes. Established in 1689 by William Penn, the school emphasizes academics, the arts, athletics, spiritual awareness and service learning.