Ransom Everglades is seeking a forward-thinking librarian for the upper school library, to begin in August 2021 or before. The Ransom Everglades libraries continue to evolve to support student learning in the 21st century; the school seeks a candidate eager to contribute to discussions about the future of libraries and their place--physical and virtual--in independent schools. The librarian contributes to the development and implementation of all aspects of the library programs. This includes circulation policies, acquisitions, collection management, library technologies, the information literacy curriculum, providing bibliographic and reference services for teachers and students, and engaging and supporting library users, as well as management and supervision of the open-plan library space. The work of the librarian helps to ensure that the library’s academic, technology, and physical plant resources complement, enhance, and extend the school’s educational programs. The librarian collaborates closely with the library staff (including two other librarians, a library assistant, and the Director of Libraries and Archivist), along with the director of the upper school, the technology staff, and the faculty. Collaboration with faculty is a significant initiative of the Ransom Everglades libraries; candidates must be eager to collaborate with and support the faculty in implementing the academic program. The library seeks to develop and curate a collection that represents diverse cultures, perspectives, and viewpoints, and to promote a love of reading in the Ransom Everglades community; rotating library displays and featured collections encourage reading on a wide variety of topics; recent displays, for example, have featured Native American literature, Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, and genres of music. Librarians provide formal and informal opportunities for reference and research support for students and faculty. A unique opportunity exists for qualified candidates to support the Ransom Everglades archives. A collection of thousands of materials, the archives holds materials related to the history of the school since the late 19th century. Significant cataloguing work and an effort to make the resources of the archives more visible within the community is expected in the archives over the next several years.
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, Information Studies, or a similar field from an ALA-accredited institution; previous experience in an independent school or college or university library; advanced search and research skills using proprietary databases; experience creating online resource pages (e.g. LibGuides) to support academic work of students and faculty; experience working in special collections and/or archives; excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; a willingness to embrace the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a love for working with and inspiring students.
About Ransom Everglades School
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is an independent, co-ed, grade 6-12 school of just over 1,100 students in Miami, Florida. The school is located on two campuses, one of which sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay. Proud of a tradition of academic excellence, the school is also characterized by a robust athletics program including 70+ teams in 17 different sports, thriving visual and performing arts programs, and an historic, mission-driven commitment to community service.