Upper School Director of the Library
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Start Date: Fall 2022
Department: Upper School Library
BB&N is seeking a Director of the Library for its Upper School campus:
- To ensure that students, faculty, and staff are effective users of ideas and information
- To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
- To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information
- To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
The Director creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. As an information specialist, the Director provides expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information. The Director demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active member of the school community and a professional member of the school library team by:
- collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking; this includes but is not limited to class research instruction and one-on-one appointments
- supervising the librarian, part-time library assistant, and archivist
- managing the library’s budget
- contributing to an environment that is conducive to active, participatory learning and resource-based instructional practices
- contributing to tasks and projects related to all elements of the library program
- maintaining active memberships in professional associations
- providing readers’ advisory to students and faculty as requested
- remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs
- encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
- joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
- modeling effective strategies for developing multiple literacies
- understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assisting users with their understanding and observance of the same
- participating in the development and maintenance of a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community
- cooperating and networking with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school
- sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and board meetings
As a fully integrated Community Member, the Director will also be involved in the School’s community events and serve as an advisor to a small group of students.
The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a Master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country.) A highly qualified candidate will also hold appropriate state certification as a school librarian and have completed a teacher preparation program and/or educational degree.
Additionally, the Director will have a:
- Passion for working with adolescents
- Commitment to fostering an inclusive community
- Up-to-date knowledge of information literacy practices and instruction
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the BB&N community
- Willingness to work on a team in a collaborative department
- Ability to communicate effectively with students, their families, and colleagues
- Enthusiasm for fostering an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school that engages students in grades Pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop those strengths to the fullest. The curriculum is challenging, forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible, designed to help qualified students, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of talents and interests, reach new levels of accomplishment. Co-curricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and other areas add important dimensions to students’ learning. Students learn on three age and developmentally appropriate campuses. At every grade, BB&N takes full advantage of the range of opportunities its locations afford.
BB&N is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. This commitment is integral to the mission and vision of the School. BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. At BB&N, we value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all. The different perspectives and experiences of our students define the fabric of our community and contribute to the growth of the individuals who call BB&N their alma mater and shape the classroom and extracurricular experiences. To have classmates and friends who are different from oneself, to come to truly know the background, experiences, and beliefs of a new friend is to learn more deeply about oneself and our world. There is no more important attribute in the preparation for global citizenship.
The vibrancy and vitality we feel in the classrooms, hallways, stages and playing fields of BB&N derive from the people who are here. At its root are the varied interests and experiences, the different backgrounds, cultures, religions, views, and perspectives that our students and faculty bring to their classes and families bring to myriad activities. Each of us adds to the richness of another’s experience. Working and playing together teaches us lifelong lessons about appreciating, knowing and understanding, and learning from each other.
Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, Personal Statement, and/or Teaching Philosophy and Reference List. Please include your connection to BB&N’s mission and values in your cover letter.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols Schools takes the health and safety of its community members very seriously. Because we serve students, many of whom are not eligible for vaccination due to their age, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment. Documentation showing vaccination status will be required as part of the application process.