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Library Media Specialist, Merriam Elementary School, Acton, MA


Merriam Elementary School in Acton Massachusetts is looking for a Library Media Specialist to start August 26, 2020.

Position Goals:

  • Ensure that students and staff are effective and responsible users of ideas and information.
  • Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, ethical users of information, and media literate.
  • Ensure equitable access to information and library resources.
  • Collaborate with all educators to design and implement units of instruction and assess student learning.
  • Align the School Library Media Program with the goals of the school and district.
  • Explore with students and staff different modes of communication and technology.
  • Integrate district-wide initiatives for digital literacy and digital citizenship.

Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Supports the collaborative development of inquiry learning, digital learning, information and technology literacies, critical thinking, and self-assessment.
  • Collaboratively develops and teaches units of instruction that integrate information literacy and digital literacy standards and assesses student learning.
  • Creates a rigorous student-centered environment that seamlessly blends reading, literacy and available instructional technologies to maximize the learning experience for each student.
  • Supports, supplements, and elevates the literacy experience through guidance and motivational reading initiatives.
  • Communicates effectively with families, colleagues, and the community to promote students’ learning and to support the school’s goals.


  • Serves on decision making, school improvement, and school based-curriculum teams.
  • Benchmarks the School Library Media Program to school, state, and national standards.
  • Promotes the integration of existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning.
  • Promotes the ethical use of information: copyright, fair use, student images, and licensing of intellectual property.
  • Stays current in professional practices, educational research; actively participates in professional memberships.

Library Administrator:

  • Fosters a creative, flexible environment so that the School Library Media Center is an essential part of the learning community.
  • Develops and maintains resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and instructional strategies of the school community.
  • Builds and maintains a library collection that reflects the student body, is diverse, meets the interests and needs of all learners, and supports the district’s mission and goals.
  • Establishes procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, and sharing of resources in a variety of formats.
  • Develops and manages the library budget to support program goals
  • Recruits, schedules, and trains volunteers.
  • Administers the library including maintaining the collection, managing the Destiny catalog, establishing vendor relationships, and evaluating and improving the library space.
  • Cooperates and networks with other libraries and agencies.


  • A highly qualified candidate will be state certified as a Library Media Specialist.
  • Completed a teacher preparation program/educational degree.
  • Preferably hold a master’s degree from a program accepted by the American Library Association or a master’s program in Library and Information Science.

Other Information:

Deadline to apply is  6/25/2020.

How to Apply:

To apply go to the job application portal here. The original job description can be found here.