Colorado Academy

Raether Library

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


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Denver, CO





Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library

School (K-12)

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Job Description

Colorado Academy seeks a creative, flexible, and innovative librarian who is able to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced education environment. This position will coach faculty in assessing information technology needs and recommend suitable technology and research activities for curriculum, evaluate and implement emerging technologies for library services and staff and student productivity, and stay ahead of reading trends to maintain and build upon our community of readers. Job Goals *To ensure that students and faculty are effective users of information and technology *To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information *To instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information *To collaborate with faculty to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess learning and instructional effectiveness Student Support: Actively support student learning through program development and by being accessible to students for questions and instruction. Stay connected to and informed about your school division. Provide book talks (in the library and in the classroom) and reader’s advisory to grades 6-8. Maintain online library presence to encourage a community of independent readers. Strive to know the students well enough to provide individual reader’s advisory and research skill support. Support the middle school program through a variety of activities such as sponsoring student clubs/readers’ groups, creating stimulating displays, attending field trips, and chaperoning interims and dances/social activities. Teacher Support: Collaborate with faculty on their individual curricula and consult with faculty regularly on class research projects. Meet regularly with departments to ascertain needs and projected curricular changes/additions. Prepare bibliographies, pull resources to support specific units, and develop reading lists for students (e.g., summer reading). Attend and participate in faculty meetings, department meetings, and grade level meetings. Information Literacy: Teach library skills, research, and information literacy classes (how to access, evaluate, use, and cite information) to students and faculty. Develop and implement lesson plans in library research skills using various print and online resources. Facilitate discussions in literary theme, genre, and intellectual freedom and censorship. Foster adoption of division-wide citation standards. Develop grade-specific rubrics for information literacy to be shared with faculty for use in student projects. Technological Duties: Keep current on technology trends and continually strive to implement new technologies into the library program. Provide professional development mini-workshops and one-on-one coaching related to technology integration and emerging technologies. Investigate, evaluate, and promote educational databases and apps. Regularly teach students and faculty to use the Internet and other online resources for research. Teach and troubleshoot software applications and online resources. Know how to use and instruct students and faculty on how to use the various equipment circulated by the library. Collection Development: Actively shape the library collection based on classroom curriculum, research needs, faculty and student interests, literary trends, and a commitment to creating a community of independent readers. Stay up to date by reviewing professional journals, reading advanced copies of books, following publishers’ online resources, and writing reviews. Provide materials through interlibrary loan as needed. Library/Collection Maintenance: Order books and other library materials for the collection. Catalog and process materials in a timely manner. Ensure the collection is inviting, well-maintained, and accessible through regular weeding and shelf-reading. Help provide attractive and informative signage for the collection. Administrative Duties: Coordinate middle school library program with upper and lower school librarians. Work with the Director of Libraries to ensure the proper spending of the library budget. Support the school community by serving on committees as assigned and volunteering for and performing other duties to support the middle school as needed. Explore and utilize professional development opportunities by attending and presenting at conferences, workshops, and meetings. Supervision: Supervise library volunteers, students, library computer usage, and the library’s physical space. General Requirements of All Library Employees: We are guided by these shared values: *Consideration and care for our customers and each other *Passion for our work *Enthusiasm for learning and experimentation *Optimism and a positive attitude *We have the commitment and desire to provide excellent service to all library patrons. *We are forward-looking in our philosophy and we readily adapt to change. We are aware of our PK-12ness and have an understanding and respect for school-wide operations and the importance of interconnectedness and collaboration. Working in the library means being “on the move”: we will stand, walk, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, reach, crawl, climb, push/pull up to 50 pounds, and lift up to 25 pounds.

Additional Info & Requirements

This is a full-time 10 month (mid-August through mid-June) faculty position.*Experience providing library services to young adults (ages 12-18) *Demonstrated facility with the rapidly changing technology environment, specifically iPads, apps for education, and e-publishing

The Community

School Mission A dynamic liberal arts and sciences program that challenges students ethically, academically, artistically, and athletically creates the foundation of Colorado Academy. Teachers, students, parents, and staff foster trusting and respectful relationships, enhancing our thriving school family. Students pursue excellence and seek to become life-long learners and contributors in our local and international communities. For more information about the school, visit our website linked below.

HR Info

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with three letters of reference to: Jen Cotton Director of Libraries Colorado Academy 3800 South Pierce Street Denver, CO 80235 To submit your application electronically, email all documents to

Posted Dec 14, 2012