Instructional Media-Technology Specialist / Librarian (School for the Blind)

Basic Information

Date posted: 05/25/2021

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Posted by: Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Contact Information

Address

33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone

719-578-2115

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Qualifications

  • Degree in Library Science, Media Science (or related program accredited by the American Library Association), Instructional Technology / Technology Education, or related regionally accredited program; specialization in Vision Education desired.
  • Must hold, be eligible for, and obtain appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, with endorsement in one of the following: Teacher Librarian, Instructional Technology, Technology Education, or equivalent.
  • Experience in library media, technology or related field; experience teaching / working with children (in an educational environment) who are blind/visually impaired and/or Deafblind preferred.
  • Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Novice (0+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy/procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate functional skills in Braille.

Job Description

Coordination of Library Media / Technology / Information Services

  • Responsible for resource evaluation, selection, acquisition, organization and retention.
  • Responsible for effective development and management of the library and media budget.
  • Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the library management system.
  • Collaborates with teachers to integrate technology and information literacy into classrooms.
  • Responsible for identifying on-demand technology resources, managing a list of approved on-demand technology resources, ensuring that resources meet applicable personally identifiable information (PII) requirements, and setting up student and staff accounts.
  • Upholds media center policy and procedures consistent with school goals, policies, procedures and mission / vision statements.
  • Supervises and maintains all daily functions of the school-based library, media and technology services.
  • Responsible for maintaining systems for inventory, repair records, equipment location, resource maintenance and replacement/upgrade of technology, low vision devices, library and media resources.
  • Coordinates the distribution of student technology device distribution, device loan agreements, and maintains student distribution lists for devices.
  • Coordinates the distribution of low vision devices and low vision device agreements (when applicable).
  • Oversees community volunteers assigned to support the media center.
  • Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist learners relative to instruction and activities.
  • Serves as the website editor for the School for the Blind.
  • Assists with the filing, editing and tech oversite of School for the Blind projects.

Supports and Facilitates Technology Collaboration in Teaching and Learning

  • Performs work associated with standards-based learner instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and school reform tenets under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive learning environment utilizing appropriate positive behavior support strategies, keeps learners on task and engaged in learning.
  • Assists in the development of and conducts training programs for staff and learners in the utilization of library and media resources.
  • Creates learning resources for teachers, staff and learners; may include web sites, interactive programs, databases, etc. that support teachers in integrating technology.  Ideally, teachers will be guided and encouraged in developing their own resources and this position will support these efforts, providing additional support as needed.
  • Designs instructional training, classes, or workshops for students aligned with curricular goals to increase network and digital literacy skills.
  • Maintains list of online course options and supports student enrollment in online courses.
  • Provides essential technology training resources for students and staff.
  • Facilitates professional development related to educational technology in coordination with the school’s professional learning needs.
  • Serves as a liaison with network services to ensure technical problems are resolved.

General

  • Communicates with school principals to facilitate implementation of library, low vision devices, media and technology initiatives and related school improvement goals.
  • Communicates library / media / technology highlights to school communities.
  • Collaborates with other coordinators of information and technology to resolve concerns related to library, media and technology competencies.
  • Collaborates with appropriate stakeholders to analyze and solve problems effectively.
  • Collaborates with appropriate staff to apply for competitive grants and secure funding for school resources, technology and materials.
  • Assists in the development of school information technology plan.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training / workshops as appropriate; e.g., reads professional literature to maintain a high level of expertise in new information resources / technologies.
  • Identifies and provides opportunities for the school to serve as a learning and technology-rich environment.
  • Positively serves as a team member of the School for the Blind and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Serves as an advocate for assigned learners.
  • Performs all other related duties as required / assigned.