Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 38 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
Norwood’s child-centered education emphasizes creating a happy place of learning where each child is loved, nurtured, and challenged. Ensuring each child is truly known, we recognize diversity as essential to supporting educational excellence and are dedicated to fostering a sense of dignity, belonging, and understanding across our community. As a result, children flourish at Norwood as we tend to both hearts and minds. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, Norwood has an opening for an experienced, dynamic Lower School Librarian who can develop library programs that inspire curiosity, inquiry and a life-long love of reading. Norwood will open a new state of the art 2, 800+ square foot library in the fall in the Marriott Early Childhood Building. The librarian will oversee the maintenance of the lower school library’s collection in order to continue to build a culturally inclusive, individually responsive collection and will create a welcoming environment for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grades using displays, book talks, reading lists and other methods. As an instructional partner, the librarian will collaborate with faculty to cultivate a broad and deep understanding of the collection and children’s literature in order to build important connections to lower school curriculum. The librarian will teach weekly classes for pre-kindergarten through third grade and collaborate extensively with the Middle School Librarian to develop curriculum and plan special events such as author visits. As an information specialist, the school librarian will provide expertise in the selection, evaluation, and organization of information resources and the ethical use of information. The librarian will also work with the parent-run library guild to organize, train, and supervise parent volunteers.
Applicants for the Lower School Librarian position must have at least three years of experience as a librarian for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade with a demonstrated skill in supporting and working with classroom teachers. Candidates will have a deep and thorough knowledge of library systems, including the Destiny system, cataloging, and processing books, library layout and are current with trends in technology and their application in a school library setting. Candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with children.
Master of Library Science preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.