JOB DESCRIPTION – LIBRARY / MEDIA SPECIALIST
In August 2018, Kunming International Academy started its 25th year of serving the expatriate children of Kunming. Currently the school has about 300 students, from Kindergarten-3-year-old through grade 12 and our student population is made of about 50% whose parents work with NGO’s and other types of charities. Currently we have about 40 teachers from 13 different countries.
We are an “American-based” school, with some “international characteristics”. Each student from grade 1 through 10 is required to take Mandarin language. We also “internationalize” our social studies classes and are considering the adoption of an international math program. It is still American with students taking the MAP test in K through grade 8 and PSAT in grades 9-11, and SAT in grades 11 – 12. Since we have many students who are non-native English speakers, a full ESL program from grade 1 – 10 is in place to serve them. I addition, KIA offers 19 AP courses with 10 of them being site based.
KIA is fully accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and it is required that all foreign teachers hold a valid teaching certificate or license. Please visit our website at http://www.kia-china.org .
Kunming is located in southern China. Although at 25 degrees north latitude (about the same as the tip of Florida and a bit south of Cairo, Egypt) it is very temperate because of its elevation (6,200 feet / 2,000 meters). Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, is a moderate sized city in China with an urban population of about 7.2 million. The area is known for its tea and the many “nationalities”. (“Nationalities” are the indigenous people of China.)
Although living in China has a few hardships, it is very rewarding. After the period of transition of learning where to buy items, where the good restaurants are and how to get around the city, by taxi, bus, or bikes, Kunming is truly a comfortable place to live. The school provides Mandarin language lessons to help you with developing language where it’s much easier to be more independent. There’s such simplicity to life here; it gives us more time to focus on relationships.
Library/media Specialist will run the KIA library which includes ordering, cataloging and shelving books and audio/visual equipment as well as managing those individuals assigned to work in the Library. The Library/media Specialist will also teach elementary school students one period per week by class and is encouraged to select age appropriate books that trigger worldview discussions. The Librarian will implement the software to help facilitate cataloging and managing community check-in, check-out of resources.
The Librarian will run the library which includes ordering, cataloging and shelving books and audio/visual equipment as well as managing those individuals assigned to work in the Library. The Librarian will also teach elementary school students one period per week by class and is encouraged to select age appropriate books that trigger worldview discussions. The Librarian will implement the software to help facilitate cataloging and managing community check-in, check-out of resources.
- A Bachelor's degree in Library Science preferred, or related experience
- Classes and/or trainings in library management
- Experience working with students and teaching elementary students
- As a teacher must have experience doing lesson plans and classroom management, handling discipline proactively
- Ability to clearly communicate to parents, students, and vendors
- Experience managing student workers
- Experience in ordering supplies domestically and internationally
Demonstrates a high level of computer literacy, having a basic proficiency
- Maintains library, including books, computerized catalogues, periodicals, and equipment.
- Maintains a clean, attractive, well-ordered Library and office.
- Must ensure that the work environment in the Library is nurturing, wholesome, and loving.
- Purchase new books, DVD’s, magazines, and supplies for the library as funds are available.
- Take care of all check-out, check-in, cataloguing and shelving of books.
- Select from the books donated to the school those which are to be included in the library.
- Supervise all library assistants and volunteer parents working in the library.
- Sends out overdue notices and collect fines.
- Assists teachers and students in finding books and materials in specific subject areas.
- Chairs the “I Love to Read Month” Reading Challenge Annually.
- Maintains a book order program for students to purchase reading books. (Scholastic)
- Stays abreast on the latest research and technology in the field of Library Science.
- Teach students how to utilize the library.
- Establish times for the use of the library by all KIA classes and the KIA Community.
- Has knowledge of the school’s curriculum and standards.
- Introduce classes in primary grades to a variety of literature genre through read-aloud times each week with a focus on sharing truth.
- Liaise with secondary teachers to assist in the teaching of and development of research skills among all the students enrolled in the secondary program.
- Must be able to respond politely to Customers.
- Oversee a committee of teachers and administration that deals with books whose contents have been questioned.
- Able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.
- Able to work in a close-knit team environment.
- Accept responsibility for other assigned duties deemed necessary by the Elementary Principal for the operation of KIA.