Director of Blanchette Learning Commons


Providence Catholic High School
Library Type: 
School Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Placement on salary scale


Director of Blanchette Learning Commons/Full-Time Librarian

Date Posted:

April 26, 2019

Closing Date:
Until filled

Start Date:
August 1, 2019


Providence Catholic High School


Placement on the appropriate step of the teacher's salary schedule.

This position is accountable to the Principal.

Faith Community Affairs

  • Ensures that the Library policies and procedures reflect the Catholic identity of the school.
  • Serves as a role model and witness to our faith community.
  • Embraces the Augustinian Values of Truth, Unity and Love.

Library Affairs - Administrator of the Library Media Program


  • Develops short and long-range goals which guide the development of the Library Media Program.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for the operation of the Library Media Program (e.g., selection, circulation, scheduling).
  • Plans and implements technologically advanced facility and programs.
  • Actively serves on committees integrating technology.
  • Prepares and administers library budget to reflect the needs of the entire school community.
  • Evaluates library programs, services, facilities and materials to insure optimum use of the library and its resources.
  • Meets periodically with administrators to evaluate the Library Media Program.


  • Helps with selection, trains, and supervises Library Media Assistant and adult volunteers, to perform duties efficiently.
  • Evaluates Library Media Assistant.
  • Selects resources and technology which support the school's curriculum and educational philosophy.
  • Withdraws obsolete and worn materials.
  • Classifies, catalogs, processes and organizes for circulation the educational media and technology for easy access and circulation.
  • Establishes and follows procedures for maintenance and repair of all media.
  • Maintains a current inventory of holdings.
  • Maintains the library to the functional, attractive and orderly environment which encourages maximum use, focusing on student achievement.

Library Affairs - Teacher, Collaborator, and Instructional Partner


  • Teaches information literacy skills as an integral part of units and lessons.
  • Teaches students and teachers how to access, evaluate, and use the Internet and online library catalogs and online databases.
  • Manages student behavior in a constructive manner.
  • Coordinates with Technology Department in presenting technology in-service programs for teachers.
  • Regularly interacts with students on a one to one basis, providing assistance and instruction as needed.
  • Equips students and teachers with skills to be effective users of ideas and information.
  • Empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
  • Instills a love of learning in all students and ensures equitable access to information.

Instructional Partner

  • Assists teachers and students in applying information resources and information literacy skills into classroom curriculum using new technologies.
  • Promotes maximum use of the library by establishing policies and procedures of flexible access to facilitate and promote student achievement.
  • Serves on committees involved with designing learning activities for students, curriculum revision and/or textbook adoption (e.g., curriculum, textbook, technology, instructional practices. . .).
  • Plans and/or participates in special projects or proposals.
  • Plans cooperatively with teachers to integrate research, information retrieval skills, and literature appreciation into the curriculum.
  • Helps teachers develop instructional activities which stress interdisciplinary strategies.
  • Collaborates with teachers to integrate new media/technology formats into the curriculum.

Library Affairs - Information Specialist


  • Pursues opportunities to learn more about LIS and school libraries/media centers.
  • Provides access to professional materials and information for school staff.
  • Adheres to and informs faculty and staff of established laws, policies, rules and regulations (including copyright laws).
  • Submits accurate reports promptly.
  • Participates in various professional organizations and activities which relate to library media and technology (i.e. visits other libraries, continuing education courses, workshops and conferences; presents at professional meetings).
  • Utilizes current research and methods in areas of technology, teaching, learning and library and information science.
  • Promotes the Library Bill of Rights/Intellectual Freedom.


  • Promotes a positive relationship with students, staff and community.
  • Publicizes the library programs, services and materials through newsletters, announcements and in other creative ways.
  • Networks with other libraries and shares resources.
  • Submits to administrators and faculty, statistical reports which support Library Media Program goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal.

Qualifications: MLS or MLIS, Teaching Certification or Licensure with a Library Media endorsement

Professional Credentials:

  • State of Illinois Teaching License Required
  • High School Classroom Teaching Experience Strongly Preferred
  • Experiences/Abilities working in Professional Learning Communities Preferred

Application Procedure:

Apply Online

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Dr. John Harper, Principal
Apply To: 
Providence Catholic High School
1800 W. Lincoln Hwy
New Lenox , IL 60451
Phone: 815-485-2136
41° 31' 15.5028" N, 88° 0' 1.3536" W