Upper School Librarian

Faculty / Full-Time

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Start Date: Fall 2022 

Department: Upper School Library      

Job Summary:

BB&N is seeking a Librarian 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 
  • To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program (SLP) is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and is an integral component of the learning/instructional program 

Qualifications: 

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 librarian will:

  • collaborate with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking 
  • create an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff 
  • share with the learning community collaboratively developed and up-to-date policies concerning such issues as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use ]
  • maintain frequent and timely communication to stakeholders through the school and library website, parent newsletter, e-mail, and other formats, such as local cable access television, video/audio streaming, and on-demand video/podcast  
  • provide and plan professional development opportunities within the school for and with all faculty and staff, including other school librarians 
  • understand copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assist users with their understanding and observance of the same 

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.

To Apply:  

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.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Day
All Gender