Thursday, March 21, 2013

Head Librarian - Hamden Hall Country Day School

Head Librarian - Hamden Hall Country Day School. Reports To: Director of Technology and Information Services. Position Summary: Hamden Hall Country Day School, in Hamden, CT, seeks a Head Librarian to oversee the vision and operation of its library. This candidate must demonstrate the ability to provide academic leadership in the areas of information literacy, research, and educational technology. The successful candidate will have the ability to collaborate with faculty and engage students, and to help create a space on campus that supports learning, collaboration and academic exploration. This individual reports to and is evaluated by the Director of Technology and Information Services and works closely with members of the administrative team and academic department heads. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Develop, implement, and assess continuous improvement in library services to faculty and students, including integrating library skills into the curriculum. Provide reference services in small group environments and one-on-one with students, and instruct classes on the use of a variety of resources and research tools. Seek out and regularly inform teachers of new and applicable classroom and library resources. Oversee collection development, including inventory, acquisitions, and collection maintenance. Manage the library’s electronic resources, including subscription databases and websites and the library’s extensive collection of electronic subject guides. Promote library materials and services to the school community through social media, in-person presentations, and written communications. Keep up-to-date on new and effective web tools, iPads in the classroom, and other digital media. Oversee the library budget. Provide students with opportunities to be involved in the library, including advising an active student advisory board, managing student workers, and inviting student feedback and input. Facilitate library programming for middle and upper school students that promotes learning, reading, or creative endeavors, including booktalking. Collaborate with faculty on campus-wide initiatives such as the Swain Library writing contest, summer reading, and the all-school read. Act as the school’s expert on research technologies, copyright, citation methods, and other library skills as needed. Act as a liaison between administration and library staff, and represent the library to faculty and through serving on various school committees. Qualifications and Experience Requirements: This position requires an individual with excellent communication and organizational skills; has a proven ability to promote a positive and collaborative working environment; is reliable, energetic, patient and positive; has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in school libraries. An ALA-accredited Masters degree in library science is required. Teaching experience and management experience are preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to
to Lorri Carroll, Director of Technology and Information Services, at