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Position: Librarian/Literacy and Learning Specialist
Position Starts:8/23/2017 Listing Closes: 9/30/2017 Listing Submitted: 8/23/2017
Position Description: SUMMARY: Works with teachers and other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources. Provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information. Empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information, Works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the goals of the school library program, and to guide and direct all activities related to it.


Leader:
As a leader the school librarian creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The school librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel that they are important members of a team. Strong leaders foster an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others to create consensus. They anticipate future obstacles and continually retool to meet challenges. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, and a professional member of the school library community by:
Modeling effective strategies for developing multiple literacies.
Understanding the skills of the 21st century learner.
Taking an active role in organizing and promoting literacy projects and events that engage learners and motivate them to become lifelong readers.
Remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs.

Instructional Partner:
As an instructional partner the school librarian works with teachers and other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources. The school librarian demonstrates his or her role as an essential and equal partner in the instructional process by:
Joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
Participating in the school curriculum development process to ensure the curricula include the full range of literacy skills needed to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners.
Providing and plan professional development opportunities within the school

Information Specialist:
As an information specialist, the school librarian provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information. The school librarian ensures equitable access and responsible use of information by:

Developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, ASL and English bilingual learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school
Organizing the collection for maximum and effective use.
Collecting and analyzing data to improve instruction and to demonstrate correlations between the school library program and student achievement
Encouraging use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing access to digital information resources for the learning community

Teacher:
As a teacher, the school librarian empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The school librarian supports students’ success by:

Supporting academic interventions, including but not limited to individual instructional plans, accelerated instruction and/or classroom instruction.
Collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
Participating in the implementation of collaboratively planned learning experiences by providing group and individual instruction, assessing student progress and evaluating activities

Program Administrator:
As program administrator, the school librarian works collaboratively with members of the learning community to define the policies of the school library program, and to guide and direct all activities related to it. The school librarian maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program by:

Ensuring the school library program is aligned to school strategic plans and the state and national program standards.
Conducting ongoing action research and evaluation that creates data that is used to inform continuous program improvement.
Ensuring equitable physical access to school library facilities by providing barrier-free, universally designed environments.
Institution: Texas School for the Deaf
Type of Library: School
City: Austin, Texas
Annual Salary: See comment below
Salary Comment: Salary based on education and experience in accordance with Austin ISD salary schedule
Telephone: Fax: 
Email Address: work@tsd.state.tx.us
Website Address: https://tsd.tedk12.com/hire/index.asp
Required Education: Texas Deaf Education Certification and valid Texas certification as a school librarian or reading specialist or the ability to obtain a valid Texas certification within a prescribed time frame.
Required Experience: REQUIRED:
Sign Language: The ultimate required proficiency level for the position using the levels designated in the Signed Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) is ADVANCED. If hired with a sign language proficiency level below this level, you are required to participate in signed communication learning opportunities on a regular basis until you have achieved the sign language proficiency level assigned to your position. Must have at least minimum level of ADVANCE
DESIRED:
Experience working in a Deaf bilingual classroom
Experience working with students with additional disabilities
Master’s degree in deaf education, special education, library science, reading, curriculum and instruction, or other related field.
Knowledgeable about Demonstration of professional development in ASL and English bilingual education
Knowledge of research-based methodologies for reading/writing instruction
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to professionally interface with students, parents, staff and administration
Two or more years of English/Language Arts Education and Intervention in a classroom setting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
Experience in conducting educational assessments and development of literacy/intervention programs
Fluency in the ASL/English bi-lingual modality with in-depth knowledge of its impact on the language arts component of an education program
Working knowledge of curriculum design and implementation, particularly as it relates to the integration of information literacy and technology within the context of content curriculum
Contact: Phillip Darce
Send Resume to: Resumes only accepted with online application. Please visit Texas School for the Deaf website to submit an online application: https://tsd.tedk12.com/hire/index.asp
Special Instructions: Sign Language, Deaf Ed certification, Librarian or Reading Specialist certification or the ability to obtain certifications
Interviews will not be conducted at the conference placement and career center. Please contact directly.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer