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Library technician - chinese specialist (curriculum)

Posted 05/04/2021 04:02PM

Library technician - chinese specialist (curriculum)

The Canadian International School is looking for a full time Library Technician - Chinese Specialist (curriculum) for its Lakeside campus. This role's core responsibility is to support reading and learning, with a focus on the Chinese language programs, under the direction of the Teacher Librarians and the Library Supervisor.


With a focus on the Chinese Classes and Community:

  • Support reading and learning, with a focus on the Chinese language programs, under the direction of the Teacher Librarians and the Library Supervisor.
  • Deliver engaging read-aloud sessions in Chinese and facilitate teacher librarian’s delivery of lessons during library classes.
  • Assist Library Supervisor and Teacher Librarians and work as part of the Library team to ensure efficient operation of the library.
  • Assist patrons, to our standard of excellence, with directional questions, ready reference questions, reader advisory, bibliographic instruction, database searching and other library tools or refer patrons to appropriate personnel.
  • Ability to tactfully, and in accordance with CIS principles, supervise and manage student and parent behaviour, and refer students to Teacher Librarian as needed.
  • Maintain catalogue for the Library Collection
  • Prepare resources at the request of teaching faculty, suggest other suitable resources and check out items.
  • Process new materials efficiently to ensure they are on the shelves as quickly as possible.
  • Creating online resource guides to support the Chinese curriculum.
  • Daily processing and circulation of collection to the students/patrons.
  • Proficiently shelve library materials and read shelves according to the standards in the Library.
  • Liaise with other campus library for interlibrary loans.
  • Run reports for circulation to inform teachers of overdue materials.
  • Efficient and competent weekly patron account management including follow-up of overdue/damaged/lost books and leaving and joining students/staff.
  • Withdraw, repair, or recondition library materials.
  • Tidy the library on an on-going basis and at the end of the day. Proactively involve Housekeeping and Maintenance as necessary.
  • Maintain clear and accurate shelf signage to assist patrons in locating materials.
  • Participate in Annual Inventory on all campuses.
  • Create aesthetically pleasing promotional materials and displays to support Library programs, including Chinese programs.
  • Perform other related work as required.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Chinese speaking, reading and writing.
  • Expert knowledge of the Follett Destiny library catalogue , databases and other library resources (including but not limited to Epic!, TumbleBooks,, eBooks, online audio books).
  • Knowledge of Google Suite and other school-wide systems.
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to learn new systems, software applications and technology such as LibGuides. in order to create online resources and to promote physical resources.
  • Strong understanding of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, POI timelines and understanding IB elements including Concepts, Units Of Inquiry, Central Ideas and Learner Profile.
  • Ability to operate library equipment properly.
  • Working knowledge of Dewey Decimal Cataloguing system, alphabetising, genrefication use of graphic or design software such as Pages to create promotional and display material under guidance of the Librarian.
  • Willingness to maintain and expand the above mentioned skills and knowledge in above mentioned areas through active participation in library professional development.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, and stooping.
  • Bending/twisting and reaching.
  • Lifting and carrying: 50 pounds or less.
  • Manual dexterity/strength: processing (repetitive application of labels/stamps etc), picking up and shelving and books.
  • Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.

Socio-Cognitive Requirements:

  • Communication skills: approachable, patient, collaborative and can effectively communicate both in written and oral form.
  • Affinity for working with children, adolescents, teachers, parents and all stakeholders within the community.
  • Affinity for reading,literature and a willingness to read and review print materials available.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, be proactive and put customer service and student learning first.
  • Team player who is flexible and willing to support colleagues in a positive manner.
  • Accept and act upon constructive feedback in a timely and respectful manner.
  • Resourceful with willingness to take initiative to solve challenges.
  • Cultural and linguistic sensitivity.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further.

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