September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
York House School, located in the heart of Vancouver, is one of Canada’s leading independent schools for girls. Founded in 1932 by seven progressive and insightful women, York House provides an exceptional education for approximately 650 girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Reporting to the Director of Junior School, the Library Technician will perform tasks in collaboration with the Teacher Librarian to encourage and develop a collaborative learning environment utilizing the methodology and practices of Learning Commons. The Library Technician will support and participate in the development of the Learning Commons; a place where students conduct independent research, as a breakout space from their regular classroom, or as a place to attend book clubs, literature circles and other literacy-based programs.This position will also archive museum photographs, artifacts, and maintain and update museum displays. Working in collaboration with the Associate Director of Alumnae Relations, the Library Technician will develop displays, exhibits and collections.
Library Technician Responsibilities
- Process new books (catalogue, label, stamp, laminate dust jackets)
- Maintain the distribution system and inventory of laptops in the library
- Check in/out books, shelve books and shelf-read
- Work in the Junior and Senior Libraries as needed to cover for Teacher Librarians during staff & department meetings and absences
- Provide assistance to the Librarian with collection development, including assessment of the collection, selecting and purchasing books, and overseeing placement of materials in the library for ease of use
- Communicate with parents regarding library loans and policies
- Collaborate with librarian and monitors in creating holiday-themed activities and incentives to promote reading
- Assist Teacher Librarian when classes come in for activities, including book selection and technology guidance
- Organize library volunteers, including recruiting, scheduling, training and supervising the work done
- Actively assist in creating and supervising special events in the Learning Commons, such as author visits, special guests, reading incentives and contests, and Book Fair. Assist individuals or learning groups with accessing resources whether online or within the library; ascertaining their goals, needs or help with student’s homework assignments
- Authenticate historical documents and record to archival materials
- Preserve and maintain documents, photographs, and objects
- Create and maintain computer archives and databases, classified records for easy search
- Safeguard records by creating film and digital copies
- Acquire new materials for the archives, arrange, exhibit, and maintain collections
Qualifications and Abilities
- Any combination equivalent to: two years college-level course work in library science (or Library Technician Certificate), Course or program in museum and/or archival studies is an asset
- Three years increasingly responsible library experience, prefer background in Learning Commons settings
- Experience with automated library systems and student registration systems
- Good organizational skills; ability to manage time and prioritize tasks
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
- Familiar with automated business equipment such as photocopiers, audiovisual equipment, etc.
- Knowledgeable working with virtual resources and databases that can fill the gaps in the school library collection
- Exercise tact, courtesy, discretion and sound judgment. Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
- Intermediate skills with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and with Mac, google applications
- In good physical condition and have the ability to stand for long periods of time and handle repetitive lifting tasks (such as shelving books)
A criminal record and vulnerable sector check is a requirement.