Website Marin Primary and Middle School
Primary & Preschool Librarian 2023-24
Pay Range: $62,400 to $110,000 (based on experience)
We inspire joyful learning, honor each child, and build connections to empower all students to make a difference.
We honor and enjoy children’s natural curiosity, competence, and exuberance. Using teams of teachers and educational methods tailored to how children learn best, we connect with our students, build trusting relationships, and make learning relevant, memorable, and fun. Asking not “how smart is the child” but “how is the child smart,” we guide our students to see their full potential, and we equip them to pursue it with passion and purpose. We inspire children to make a difference. We value academic excellence, personal integrity, and community action and encourage our students to become informed, engaged, and ethical global citizens.
At Marin Primary & Middle School, we believe that it’s deep connections-between students, with teachers, and with ideas-that help kids know themselves and push through boundaries in school and in life. Every day we strengthen these connections so our students are able to tackle new ideas and challenges, pursue their goals with optimism and courage, and apply all they learn to the world they’ll inherit.
Serving 320 students in preschool through grade 8, Marin Primary & Middle School’s vibrant learning community is located in the town of Larkspur, just 4.5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Taking advantage of both the beautiful outdoor environment of Marin County and the cultural offerings of metropolitan San Francisco, MP&MS asks its students to Be Connected, Be Curious, and Be Courageous.
At Marin Primary & Middle School we make education meaningful, while encouraging pride in self, respect for others, and enthusiasm for learning.
The Librarian will have primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the David Hale Library Media Center. They will promote the library as a welcoming, warm, safe space for students and families where the love of books and reading is celebrated. The Librarian promotes and communicates the library media center’s program to the MP&MS community.
- Through a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, curates a collection that reflects the diversity of student experiences and offers windows and mirrors that reflect student identities and provide insight into the world of others.
- Organizes and carries out grade-level, schoolwide and parent activities and events that promote the love of literacy, such as book shares, author visits, and displays of books and materials.
- Develops an understanding of the interests and needs of individual students and supports the love of learning, literature and research through use of the library resources.
- Manages library operating budget and oversees all LMC expenditures.
- Supervises development of the library collection and processing of library materials.
- Provides a program of library instruction in information literacy, teaching students and teachers how to find, select, use and evaluate print and non-print resources; understands copyright law and issues surrounding plagiarism, and is able to impart this information as part of the skills program. This includes Digital Citizenship instruction to First-Third grade students.
- Collaborates with faculty to integrate library resources into classroom curriculum, assists teachers in finding and selecting appropriate materials to support their curriculum; provides teachers and other staff with information about new books and resources.
- Develops and maintains in conjunction with division directors, a collection of books and other materials that strongly relates to curriculum and children’s interests; orders new materials, including those requested by teachers and other staff; deletes outdated materials as needed to ensure that the collection remains relevant and up-to-date.
- Maintains the library automated system (Alexandria) and proprietary online databases.
- Serves as a member of Friends of the Library, a group of volunteers who sponsor events that promote the love of reading.
- Schedules, trains and directs the work of library volunteers.
- Attends professional meetings on a regular basis and actively participates in the library media center professional organizations.
- Through the magic of skilled storytelling exposes children to the joy of stories and encourages a lifelong love of reading.
- Deletes outdated materials as needed to ensure that the collection remains relevant and up-to-date.
- Other duties as assigned by the division director.
- Back to School Night; other parent events
- Weekly faculty meetings
- Recess supervision
- Occasional morning parking lot duty
- Occasional lunch clean up duty (1 – 2 x per year)
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree
- At least 3 years of prior teaching experience, preferably in a preschool through primary school environment.
- Broad knowledge of children’s literature and a genuine appreciation for children and the desire to work with them.
- The ability to captivate and engage students in creative ways that support literacy – can include puppets, music, improvisation.
- Ability to establish effective and collaborative working relationships with students, faculty and staff, and to work as a leader and as part of a collaborative team.
- Knowledge of the social/emotional lives and developmental stages of children.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Marin Primary & Middle School is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary.
- Work is normally performed in primarily a typical interior/classroom work environment, with typical noise and other disruptions
- Both sitting and standing are required during a regular work day
- Normal vision and hearing abilities are required to interact with students, parents, faculty, and staff, and with school equipment
- Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs
- Ability to work at desk and computer screen for extended periods of time
- Ability to turn, bend, and reach
- Ability to move oneself around the campus
- Ability to drive to other locations for meetings, conferences, etc.
- Position requires adaptability, analyzing, assessing, calculating, decision making, dependability, good judgment, reading, memorizing, social skills, speaking, multitasking, and writing
MP&MS is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals have an equal opportunity for employment based on qualifications and merit, regardless of religion, race, sex, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military service status, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, and other conditions of employment. MP&MS also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and for employees who request accommodation for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.