The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth SD 38
Library Type: 
School Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
40 hours/week. 10-month teacher schedule.
Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the agreement between Kenilworth School District No. 38 and the Kenilworth Educators Association (KEA)

Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the agreement between Kenilworth School District No. 38 and the Kenilworth Educators Association (KEA)


  • A master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a master's level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country) is the appropriate professional degree for school librarians.
  • A highly qualified candidate will also hold appropriate state certification as a school librarian and have completed a teacher preparation program and/or educational degree.

Reports To: Principal

Supervises: Paraprofessional(s) who comprise the school library staff, and, if applicable, volunteers and student assistants

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 (SLP) 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

As a leader, the school librarian creates an environment where collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The school librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel that they are important members of a team.

  • serving on decision-making teams in the school
  • taking an active role in school improvement and accreditation activities
  • benchmarking the SLP to school, state, and national program standards
  • sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
  • 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

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

  • participating in the curriculum development process
  • collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking

Information Specialist
As an information specialist, the school librarian 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.

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

  • reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
  • embracing the world of information and all its formats
  • working with peers in successful collaboration for learning

Program Administrator
As program administrator, the school librarian 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.

  • using strategic planning for the continuous improvement
  • ensuring that school library program goals and objectives are aligned with school and district long-range strategic plans
  • creating and maintaining in the school library a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, flexible, and conducive to student learning
  • using effective management principles, including the supervision of personnel, resources, and facilities, in developing and implementing program goals and objectives
  • supervising and evaluating support staff, which may include educational assistants, computer education assistants, volunteers, and student assistants
  • 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

Terms of Employment: Teacher work year plus extended-year days
Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with district policies.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Stephanie Helfand, Principal
Apply To: 
The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth SD 38
542 Abbotsford Road
Kenilworth , IL 60043
Phone: 8478533803
42° 5' 22.7472" N, 87° 43' 5.7396" W