Assistant Director of Library

Wallingford, CT

The Andrew Mellon Library at Choate Rosemary Hall seeks a dynamic library leader to join a blended faculty librarian team. The Assistant Director of Library position is a 42-week administrative faculty position reporting to the Director of Library. The position partners with the Library Director in the leadership, development, and operation of the library, with primary responsibility for all media and technology. The position will also be charged with collaborating with the Academic Technology team to leverage existing and emerging technologies to foster innovation, creativity, and curiosity amongst students at Choate Rosemary Hall. The successful candidate will be motivated and team-oriented with broad experience in library leadership, innovative technology tools, pedagogical best practices, and library programming. We are looking for an individual who is a self-starter and eager to participate in a collegial partnership in support of scholarly practices, and skilled at helping others of a variety of levels of expertise using commonly deployed digital tools. Ideal candidates are expected to have at least three years of library administrative experience.

Andrew Mellon Library Overview
The Andrew Mellon Library at Choate Rosemary Hall is at the heart of teaching and learning. The library’s mission is to enhance the academic environment and support the education of each of our students. The library prides itself on being a collaborative learning hub for the community. Library faculty collaborate with teaching faculty to support students and provide instruction in information literacy and research. They also provide student skill development, including organization and time-management skills, project development, and academic-technology support. Students, faculty, and staff have access to over 170,000 titles including 130,000 eBooks and over 50 scholarly databases. In addition, the library makes textbooks, laptops, chargers, headphones, and other technologies available to the Choate community.

To fulfill the responsibilities, the Assistant Library Director:

  • Researches, analyzes, implements, and evaluates all aspects of emerging technologies and collaborates with the Library Director on Implementation. 
  • Serves as a member of the library’s research and instruction team
  • Identify and implement digital tools and technologies to promote student project creation
  • Develops user-centered tools for research and instruction units in collaboration with colleagues
  • Teaches and provides guidance in the use of technological tools.
  • Provides relevant embedded instruction in research and citation skills
  • Utilizes innovative learning technologies and pedagogies in support of student learning
  • Assists faculty, staff, and student research, providing assistance online and in-person, for both one-on-one research consultations and at service points in the library
  • Participates in a collegial team environment with other faculty librarians to oversee and curate collections and services
  • Supports the Library Director to plan and execute library programming and conferences
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Manages the library during Summer Programs, coordinating the work of support staff and collaborating with summer faculty to support teaching and learning
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable practices inform one's approach to library instruction and curation of resources.
  • Provides technology support to students in collaboration with ITS and the Director of Academic Technology.
  • Manages acquisition, training and troubleshooting for technology resources in the library, such as vinyl cutter, laptops, iPad, cameras, microphones, adapters, and other audio/video resources
  • The schedule includes two evenings a week and occasional weekends
  • Familiarity using emerging technologies, including podcasting, videography, AI/VR, Adobe products, iPad apps
  • Background in at least one of the STEM fields
  • Experience working in a high school setting
  • Interest, skills, and abilities to lead the library in innovative and collaborative learning experiences designed to optimize student success

Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3 years library experience in an academic setting or independent school environment
  • Minimum 3 years' experience as an organizational leader (director, associate director, etc.) at a library, museum, or similar type of institution
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that reflect a commitment to equity and inclusion and the ability to develop strong working relationships within a dynamic and diverse community
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends

Preferred
The Assistant Director of Library Technologies & Summer Programs assists the Director of the Andrew Mellon Library in the implementation of all library policies and takes on other duties as assigned by the Head of Student and Academic Life, Dean of Faculty, or Director of the Andrew Mellon Library.

About Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 300 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate difference and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that living in an inclusive community can also present challenges we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own.

Choate also believes that great teachers are great role models both in and out of the classroom. Choate expects its faculty to embrace the ethos of a growth mindset throughout their careers by actively developing their abilities as teachers and mentors at a residential school. The School supports faculty growth throughout the year, both on and off campus, through a variety of opportunities.

Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.