Library Director


Marian Catholic High School
Library Type: 
School Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
7am-3pm- Monday-Friday
as per teachers contract

Position Library Director
Reports To: Principal
Supervises: Assistant Librarian and student aids
Job Goals: To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
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 classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and
units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the school library program
is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and the school district, and
is an integral component of the learning/instructional program


  • Possesses an MLS or MA with a major in library science.
  • Possesses a teaching certificate for 9-12.
  • Possesses appropriate state certification as a school librarian.
  • Has had previous high school teaching and supervisory experience
  • Has had previous library experience
  • Has computer knowledge about automated systems and other library information systems.

The Library Director demonstrates his or her role as a visible and active leader within the school community, an advocate for the school library program, and a professional member of the school library community by:

  • serving on decision making teams in the school
  • taking an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities
  • benchmarking the school library program to school, state, and national program standards
  • sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and board meetings
  • creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based
  • instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
  • sharing with the learning community collaboratively developed and up-to-date policies
  • concerning such issues as materials selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, and acceptable use
  • encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
  • maintaining active memberships in professional associations
  • remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and
  • educational research applicable to school library programs
  • advocating for school library programs and the guiding principles of the school library profession

Library Director is an active, accessible, and informed proponent of the school library profession by:

  • advocating, communicating, and promoting opportunities to improve the profession
  • maintaining frequent and timely communication to stakeholders through the school and library
  • website, parent newsletter, e-mail, and other formats.
  • using local, state, national, and international school library data and research to engage support
  • maintaining an effective public relations program
  • promoting the ethical use of information

Instructional Partner
As an instructional partner the Library Director works with teachers and other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning objectives, and information resources. The Library Director demonstrates his or her role as an essential and equal partner in the instructional process by:

  • participating in the curriculum development process to ensure that the curricula include the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy) necessary to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners
  • collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate information literacy 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
  • joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
  • providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school

Information Specialist
As information specialist, the Library Director 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 and Digital Citizenship. The Library Director ensures equitable access and responsible use of information by:

  • in accordance with school policy, developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community.
  • cooperating and networking with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school through the use of interlibrary loan.
  • evaluating, promoting, and using existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning,
  • supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services
  • understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assisting users with their understanding and observance of those listed
  • organizing the collection for maximum and effective use

As a teacher, the Library Director empowers students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. The Library Director supports students' success by guiding them in:

  • reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
  • using information for defined and self-defined purposes
  • building on prior knowledge and constructing new knowledge
  • embracing the world of information and all its formats
  • working with peers in successful collaboration for learning
  • Provides Freshman with library orientation
  • Provides formal instruction on the research process with junior and senior English classes
  • Provides formal instruction on the research process with other disciplines doing research activities.
  • Provides individualized instruction to students and staff on the research process

Program Administrator
As program administrator, the Library Director 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 Library Director maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the school library program by:

  • using strategic planning for the continuous improvement of the program
  • ensuring that school library program is aligned with school long-range strategic plans
  • using effective management principles, including the supervision of personnel, resources, and facilities, in developing and implementing programs
  • generating evidence in practice that demonstrates efficacy and relevance of the school library instructional program
  • conducting ongoing action research and evaluation that creates data that is used to inform continuous program improvement
  • supervising and evaluating assistant librarian and student aids.
  • preparing, justifying, and administering the school library program budget to support specific program goals
  • establishing processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, etc. that assure appropriate resources are available when needed
  • creating and maintaining in the school library a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to student learning
  • selecting and using effective technological applications for management purposes
  • participating in the recruiting, hiring, and training assistant librarian and student aids.
  • ensuring equitable physical access to school library facilities by providing barrier-free, universally designed environments.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Each candidate should submit a resume, cover letter, and official application. Candidates are also welcomed and encouraged to submit other documents which will help give a full impression of the candidate as an educator and a professional. Such documents might include transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Please submit all materials to Marian Catholic's Principal, Mr. Steve Tortorello, by mail, email, or fax.

Marian Catholic High School
Attn – Mr. Steve Tortorello
700 Ashland Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL

Fax: 708-756-9758

For more information on Marian Catholic, please visit

Application Contact: 
Mr. Steve Tortorello , Principal
Apply To: 
Marian Catholic High School
700 Ashland Ave.
Chicago Heights , IL 60411
Phone: 708-755-7565
Fax: 708-756-9758