The Jacobs Family Library—opened in August 2007—is a central and integral part of the school community, offering an extensive reading and research collection and providing services to the entire school community. We host several authors each year, including best-selling young adult and children’s authors. The library is vital to the school’s mission of developing lifelong learners.
The part-time library assistant at La Jolla Country Day School supports the daily activities and operations of LJCDS’s Lower and Middle/Upper School libraries. This nonexempt role will be scheduled to work 24 hours per week during the 2021-2022 academic year, and reports to the head librarian.
The library assistant:
Supports our school community in their individual information needs as part of a team of four library workers. Includes locating and circulation of materials, individual instruction (using the databases, searching the online library catalog and the internet, light tech support (printing, simple troubleshooting of laptop problems, etc.), and supervising students.
Prepares materials for circulation (cataloging, processing), maintains MARC records, and executes regular inventory, auditing, and weeding.
Physical space. Creates displays, shelves books, and keeps work areas neat and organized.
Clerical duties. Maintains library calendars, creates overdue lists and other reports, manages day-to-day operation of circulation software, helps with promotion of library social events and social media, maintains equipment, record keeping, submits work orders, assists with bookkeeping and other clerical duties as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The library assistant must:
Be creative, collaborative and cooperative.
Be adaptable and comfortable with change. Is flexible, patient, helpful and has a collaborative attitude.
Be tech savvy and confident in Google Suite, and be eager and willing to learn our cataloging software and other library tools as needed. A critical thinker adept at problem solving and troubleshooting. Willing to attend conferences, workshops, webinars, etc. to update skills and keep abreast of current library and ed tech trends.
Have excellent organizational skills.
Possess a love of reading. Able to talk to students about reading, make book suggestions and project a love of reading and learning.
Minimum Education and Experience
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Graduate level library science coursework is a plus.
Prior experience working in a library, preferably in a school setting.
Knowledge of library practices, including cataloging and book processing.
Excellent computer skills with an ability to apply existing knowledge to learn new computer programs and technology.
Enthusiastic about and possessing a basic knowledge of current children’s and Young Adult literature, authors, trends.
Familiarity with databases and digital citizenship (web research, citing sources, cybersafety, plagiarism, etc.).
The ideal candidate is committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive instructional practices. They will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, adaptability, vulnerability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
To be considered for this role, submit your current resume/CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and your interest in joining the Country Day community.
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.