Director of Library Services

Reports to: Head of Academics
Position Group: Faculty
Status: Full-Time 
Application closing date: Friday, June 18, 2021, at 12:00 noon

Overview 

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is seeking a qualified individual to become our Director of Library Services effective August 16, 2021.  This is a 1.0 FTE continuing position (subject to the successful completion of a probationary year) that has been redesigned following the departure of a long-serving Teacher-Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Academics, the Director will support the School’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Framework and is responsible for ensuring that the Peter B. Ditchburn Library continues to be the academic heart and resource hub where the strategic vision and mission of STS comes alive.

The Director of Library Services will, alongside the Student Services and Academic Leadership Teams, create a Learning Commons framework and lead a potential refresh of the physical space. The Director will actively promote the Peter B. Ditchburn Library as an interdisciplinary center for inquiry and research for the Middle and Senior Schools by working closely with faculty to ensure the curriculum promotes inquiry and collaboration across disciplines for both Alberta’s Program of Studies and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme courses.

The Director is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Peter B. Ditchburn Library and works closely with the Elementary School Librarian, Library Technician, and Elementary School Principal to facilitate the two satellite Elementary School Primary Learning Commons.  In addition, the Director will oversee the maintenance and growth of the Teaching Archives. Future opportunities may involve the inclusion of a school-wide Archives Program. 

The Director works with the University Counsellor and the Middle and Senior School Principals to ensure students and families are well informed of post-secondary pathways and ensures they are supported through well-considered academic program choices and the post-secondary application process. 

Qualifications, Experience, and Skills

  • Minimum 10 years experience in a teaching position
  • Post-secondary degree in Education; ideally a Masters' degree
  • Experience in a Library or Learning Commons setting would be an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of inquiry-based approaches to learning
  • Understanding and knowledge in researching and using new technologies to engage/support student learning
  • High degree of proficiency in implementing and using a variety of digital and print resources
  • Technologically proficient in a wide range of educational platforms
  • Strong communication, presentation, and facilitation platforms
  • Ability to think strategically 
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and work within a fast-paced environment 
  • Flexible, innovative, and a curious learner
  • Ability to work independently and within a team

Key Responsibilities

  • Active member of the Student Services Team and the Academic Leadership Team.
  • Develop and implement a Learning Commons vision and approach in the Peter B. Ditchburn Library which is aligned with the school’s strategic direction.

  • Support Post-Secondary pathways for students with a focus on Canadian Universities and Colleges.
  • Collaborate with faculty to design and implement engaging inquiry and learning that incorporates multiple literacies, relevant assessment, fosters critical thinking, and age-appropriate resources for research.

  • Collaborate with the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Coordinator to support deep engagement with the IB Programme.

  • Support IB Diploma Programme students with the research for their extended essays and internal assessments by creating and maintaining a repository of past DP IB assessments.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of print and electronic resources of the Peter B. Ditchburn Library collection.
  • Oversee the purchase of materials and monitor the budget. 
  • Develop and collaborate with the Academic Leadership Team on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality framework for STS.
  • Facilitate special events related to library services such as Marti McKay Week, and annual writing and poetry contests.
  • Participate in strategic planning teams in the creation of an integrated Student Services Hub.
  • Foster, develop, and build capacity in First Nations, Metis and Inuit education.
  • Support and strengthen mother tongue, French, and Spanish as second languages programs.
  • Work closely with students and faculty to develop and implement an information literacy curriculum scope and sequence from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to promote a culture of research, inquiry, and student skill development for independent and deep learning. 

  • Ensure the Peter B. Ditchburn Library is a welcoming and inclusive environment in both the physical and virtual realms that supports student and faculty learning.
  • Oversee and manage direct reports as well as the coordination of parent and student volunteers.
  • Provide professional learning and training to faculty and staff including, but not limited to, research skills, digital literacies, online resources, documentation, and assessment. 
  • Work with the Academic Leadership Team to facilitate professional learning for faculty.
  • Support and advance the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into functions of the Peter B. Ditchburn Library. 
  • Support and advance the integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in functions of library services with a focus on collaborating with faculty to embed these goals into written curriculum. 
  • Promote the use of the Peter B. Ditchburn Library as an inviting and engaging place for students to study, learn, and grow.
  • Maintain active membership in relevant organizations.

  • Demonstrate and support the School’s vision, mission, and pedagogical stance.

Application Instructions 

Applications must contain a cover letter, your resume, a one-page Teaching Philosophy Statement, the names and contact information for three work-related references one of which must be a direct supervisor (your references will not be contacted without your prior consent), and a copy of your Alberta Teaching Certificate (if you have one – if you do not, you must be eligible to obtain one). Please submit your application via email to careers@sts.ab.ca with the position noted in the subject line. Please do not send documents via SkyDrive or other cloud-based services and please do not send letters of reference, evaluations, and/or transcripts unless asked to do so.

Applications will be reviewed as received and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as the position may be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is selected. The application closing date is Friday, June 18, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

We thank all those who apply, but only those selected to participate in the next phase of our interview process will be contacted.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School provides a welcoming environment for all employees and encourages diversity among staff and students as part of our commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act.