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Head Librarian


Dubai, UAE

Ref: HP749-155

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Partnership with Primary and Secondary Head, Deputy Heads, and teachers
• Ensure visibility and collaboration by regularly attending staff meetings, assemblies and professional development events.
• Communicate regularly, through various formal and informal avenues, in promoting library collections and services.
• Instrumental in positive advocacy for maintaining and improving relevant and high-quality library collections and services.

• In collaboration and under the guidance of the JBS Principal and Leadership team, develop new JBS library policies and procedures, with the aim to improve workflow and efficiencies.
Supporting Teaching: Information and Digital Literacy
• Development and delivery of an Information and Digital Literacy program, across the curriculum, in support of the ATL category: Research.
• Development of teaching materials and where appropriate, online learning objects, to supplement IL and DL classes and workshops on topics such library routines, returning books on time, taking care of books, etc.
• In collaboration with the Primary Literacy Coordinator and Head of English, development of literacy programs including but not limited to, library story time and/or other literacy initiatives appropriate for pre-k to Grades 5 as well as a program for secondary students to engage with the reading collection.
• Reader’s advisory for primary students in pre-k to Grades 5.
• Providing ATL Research guidance for the Exhibition projects of GR5 students.
• Providing support for G10 personal project
• Providing support for G11/12 extended essay.
• Plan and deliver any appropriate professional development sessions to teachers on information and digital literacy topics to keep them informed of library collections, services, and technologies.

Ensuring Equitable Access
• Oversee the operation of the physical and virtual library environments.
• Ensuring optimum use of space for student’s studying and learning needs, including re-in visioning spaces, e.g., SOLE, Maker Spaces.
• Maintain, customize and improve the library web portal site via Follett platform or alternate.
• Management of circulation service for the library collection.
• Management of the Library Management System (LMS – Follett) including but not restricted to: user interface, patron records, collection MARC records, eResources integration.
• In consultation with IT, ensure access to the catalog and eResources through identifying issues or problems and troubleshooting.
• Coordinate and oversee activities and training of library assistants and helpers.

Outreach and Promotion
• Oversee promotional book displays and poster boards to promote and reinforce information and digital literacy.
• Participate in the Emirates Literature Festival through assisting with book fairs and helping with other events, time permitting.

Collection Development
• Research, select and order (through Follett Titlewave) curriculum related materials, including print and electronic books, eResources (online databases), and teacher resource material (e.g., teacher resource subscriptions, eLearning software, etc.).
• Oversee and manage Resource Room for teachers:
• Conducting annual inventory of materials, e.g., textbooks, class reading sets, etc.;
• Evaluating the use and relevance of the collection to determine collection gaps, location migration and de-selection;
• Classifying primary materials by Units of Inquiry and secondary units via topics in line with the MYP and or the DP syllabus.
• Educating teachers and TAs on borrowing and returning procedures, including exploring options for new sign out procedures, e.g. Follett mobile circulation app for Teachers, etc.
• Original cataloguing and processing, as required [including Arabic Language materials].
Professional Development
• Demonstrate enthusiasm in learning new skills and technologies by researching and requesting participation in librarianship and IB curriculum professional development training and events, internally and externally.


• Education: Undergraduate degree and recognized library qualification or certification are required.
• Preferably, a Graduate level library science degree from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.

Attributes: The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. An IB learner develops 10 attributes, and members of our staff community lead by example, embrace challenge and take responsibility for shaping a better world. Flexibility of approach and collaborative style are essential. While each attribute is identified separately, they are interconnected and impact each other.

Attributes embodied in IB learners and staff community members:
• Inquirers
• Knowledgeable
• Thinkers
• Communicators
• Principled
• Open-minded
• Caring
• Risk-takers
• Balanced
• Reflective

About the Company

Taaleem's main activity is the development and management of early childhood, primary and secondary schools. With quality at the forefront of our offering, we tailor each project to answer the specific educational requirements of a wide range of families by offering top international curricula including British, American, the International Baccalaureate and our custom early childhood programme.

Taaleem, which means education in Arabic, is committed to inspiring students and helping them to identify and develop their passions and talents. We only recruit the best international teachers who are capable of delivering our international curricula in a creative and engaging manner.

Taaleem is seeking to raise the educational standards in the region. The combined experience of its core team of senior education leaders in international education policy, operations and global management best practices means Taaleem is well positioned to ensure the creative of truly exceptional schools that satisfy the most comprehensive and exacting education developmental requirements.

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Librarian salaries in UAE

Average monthly compensation
AED 8,500

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