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Librarian

Taaleem

Dubai, UAE

Ref: HP749-102

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Purpose:
The fundamental responsibility of teachers is to embrace the values and beliefs expressed in the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate’s and to work constantly to translate them into daily practice within the domain of the library and within the primary classrooms. In a community of learners such as ours, everyone is a learner. In recognition of this, we have added an important heading, which focuses on our responsibility for our own learning, and links the job description to the systems of professional appraisal and development.

Key Relationships (Internal and External): Teachers, Students, Parents, Principal and other members of the school management team as well as External suppliers and Standard Agencies.

Key Accountabilities:
• Include an assessment activity (check for understanding) during each lesson (where appropriate);
• Utilize both formative and summative assessment tools.
• Maintain an attractive, ordered and clean library environment, bulletin boards, displays, seating arrangements etc. that reflects PYP philosophies values as well as current, relevant and curricular topics;
• Promote an understanding of the difference between research and inquiry;
• Select, order, process, and publicize new materials;
• Serve as a resource for literacy support and curriculum integration of technology;
• Provide access to information through acquiring and organizing diverse materials;
• Involve the school community in collection building using interactive polls and web-based suggestion forms;
• Create, where possible, space for, media production—podcasting, video production, storytelling–producing and presenting.
• Use a consistent classroom management system that is developmentally appropriate to the year level;
• Provide a flexible schedule that allows for more time to be given to classes on a needs basis;
• Address the needs of students catering for the different needs of the students (SEN, ESL etc);
• Show evidence of methodology in practice.
• Utilise best practice in embedding technology into all aspects of the student’s learning;
• Demonstrate and model international mindedness;
• Provide orientation and instruction in the use and care of print and non-print materials and equipment in the library;
• Instruct students on the evolving strategies for collecting and evaluating information, such as tags, and hashtags, and feeds, and real-time searches and sources, as well as the traditional database approaches;
• Provide students and teachers with access to databases, portals, websites, blogs, videos, and other media;
• Work collaboratively with classroom teachers and where necessary work within the teacher’s classroom and to be open to teach virtually across the school;
• Promote the joy of reading and an appreciation of literature, sharing books as well as promoting social networking tools like Shelfari, Good Reads, or LibraryThing;
• Explore the use of teleconferencing tools like Skype as a way to open the library to authors, experts, book discussion, debates, and more.
• Participate actively in all unit planning;
• Lead the unit planning meetings in the absence of the PYP coordinator (where possible);
• Manage personnel working within the Primary School library;
• Coordinate the management of the Primary School library including cataloging of all teaching resources;
• Collaborate with the Secondary School Teacher Librarian;
• Establish and maintain a Primary School Library web page on the school web site;
• Provide regular on-going after hour activities for the school community such parent/child reading nights.
• Become a private member of one of the library associations in an English speaking country.

Requirements

Person Specification:

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in a class room setting

Experience:
• Similar experienced in a similar role is desired

Competencies:
• Good levels of written and spoken English
• Enthusiasm and aptitude for working with students
• Good team player, able to work well as part of a team

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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