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Librarian / Information Specialist – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Librarian / Information Specialist at Friendship Academy, a special education school for students with emotional and behavioral challenges located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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Employment Type: Full-time

Librarian Job Responsibilities: 

  • Provide all students with an enriched library environment containing a wide variety and range of materials
  • Aide all students in grades 1-12 in acquiring the skills needed to function independently and take full advantage of library resources available
  • Develop, implement, and supervise the library program for elementary, middle, and secondary students
  • Specific duties include computerizing, ordering, and maintaining the library collection and instruction of students in library skills
  • Evaluate, select, and request new library materials through Supervisor
  • Assist teachers in the selection of books and other resources as requested
  • Inform staff members about new materials
  • Conduct in-service training for teachers and students on the use of the library system
  • Implement the inter-library loan program
  • Assist teachers in planning assignments leading to the extended use of the media center/library resources
  • Develop/create an appropriate student learning environment for levels 1-12 in the media center
  • Promote the development of habits of independent reference work and develop skills in the use of reference materials by students
  • Participate as requested on curriculum committee
  • Serve as a reading resource guide for students
  • Conduct classes to facilitate information literacy
  • Schedule and oversee book circulation for all classes
  • Identify and interpret legislation affecting school library-media programs
  • Establish and implement procedures for acquisition, distribution, and maintenance of resources
  • Provide classroom coverage for teachers attending team and treatment review meetings
  • Participate in cab duty
  • Record and catalog the professional journals and periodicals and circulate to those who have requested them
  • Maintain records, inventories, and lost book accounts
  • Other duties as required/assigned

Librarian School Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Related work experience in field required
  • Current Pennsylvania teaching certification in Library Science K-12 and/or Reading Specialist K-12 required
  • The essential functions of the job described require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material or moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances