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Library Media Specialist

Challenge Preparatory Charter School (Challenge Prep) is a community-based public charter school designed to meet the unique needs of Far Rockaway’s at-risk students and families. Since 2010, Challenge Prep has provided children and families in Far Rockaway with a progressive, student-centered educational program that supports the academic growth and achievement of a diverse group of students. Challenge Prep is currently expanding from an elementary school program to a program that serves scholars in grades K-8. The new positions of Middle School Content Area Teachers will play a major role in launching an ongoing operation of a new and innovative middle school academic program at a successful New York City charter school.


It is the basic objective of Media Integration Specialist to provide accessible tools for students and staff to direct, enhance, and support the learning process. Knowledge of curricular areas is essential in order to serve the interdisciplinary needs of the learning community. It is the goal of the Media Integration Specialist to work in a flexible environment, collaborating with staff, teaching skills to students and staff, and maintaining the holdings of the Media Center.


A. Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

1. Effective oral and written communication skills.

2. Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with students, staff, and parents.

3. Ability to organize, catalogue, display, distribute and produce instructional materials.

4. Ability to select and provide access to a wide variety of materials which meet the needs of various
learning situations.

5. Knowledge and ability to teach information and technology literacy needed for independent learning.

6. Ability to provide an environment conducive to quick accessibility, good study habits, and
development of proficient media users.

7. Knowledge of civil rights relating to free access to materials and copyright laws.

8. Ability to be flexible in order to accommodate teachers, students, parents/guardians, and
community members.

9. Knowledge and ability to work with technology and assist integration in the classroom.

B. Education

1. Minimum B.S. or B.A. in Elementary/Secondary Education including library science/media hours to
meet State Certification standards.


A. Use of Information and ideas

1. Informs students and staff of available technology/media and assist with its integration in the

2. Assembles collections of media that support the curriculum.

3. Is aware of cultural diversity/gender fair criteria in the selection and recommendation of materials.

4. Promotes ethical and efficient information seeking behaviors

a. Models a variety of effective research techniques for a variety of formats for diverse purposes.

b. Models and practices legal and ethical practices.

5. Supports intellectual freedom

B. Teaching and learning

1. Is familiar with curriculum content and instructional practices within the building 

2. Collaborates with and coaches teachers to provide instructional strategies and resources in
teaching information and technology literacy skills.

3. Promotes the development of good reading habits.

4. Participates voluntarily in relevant growth activities.

5. Is knowledgeable about current trends in education.

6. Attends appropriate staff and department meetings.

C. Program administration

1. Provides media

a. Uses current, recommended selection aids including multicultural/gender fair criteria.

b. Solicits input from teachers and students concerning media needs.

c. Selects and maintains media that will compliment and supplement district curriculum.

d. Selects materials for a variety of student/staff interests, learning styles and reading levels.

e. Assists in the development and administration of building media budget.

f. Eliminates out-dated, inappropriate and unsuitable materials.

2. Maintains an accurate and current inventory of media materials and equipment, and submits reports
in a timely manner.

3. Prepares materials for circulation

a. Catalogs, classifies and organizes media according to accepted standards and ready

b. Supervises the processing of materials and circulation of media.

c. Arranges for the inspection, maintenance, replacement, and repair of media under the realm of
the responsibility assigned by the District.

4. Supervises, coordinates, and trains media center paraeducators, student helpers and volunteers.

5. Works with technology and its integration.

a. Assists principal and District Coordinator in determining technology inservice needs.

b. Assists staff to ensure technology is utilized to the fullest extent possible through meaningful
integration into the District adopted curriculum.

Implementation and integration of a quality media curriculum requires the media specialist to exhibit flexibility in collaborating with staff as well as skill in handling the multiple roles and responsibilities associated with a Media Center.



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