TITLE Coordinator, Educator Resources
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5206
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Professor/Head, Educator Resources
The Coordinator – Educator Resources is responsible for outreach, book selection, collection development, and supervision for the Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri (BRB). The Coordinator – Educator Resources oversees and communicates with volunteer book reviewers and assists with planning and conducting workshops and other programs focused on book reviewing and children’s/young adult literature. The Coordinator – Educator Resources provides specialized reference and information services to a broad array of patrons for the Educator Resources collections. The Coordinator – Educator Resources hires, trains, schedules, and supervises student workers and graduate assistant(s) and ensures the efficient day-to-day operation of the Educator Resources area of the University Libraries.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; coursework in early childhood, reading, children’s literature, or other disciplines directly related to the position is required. A Master of Library Science (MLS) is preferred.
Experience: Two years of experience working with children’s or young adult literature in a school or public library or equivalent experience is required.
Certification: Current or past certification as a school library media specialist is preferred.
Skills: Expertise in children’s and young adult literature is required. Knowledge of developmental levels and activities for children through young adults is required. Supervisory skills are required. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with volunteers, publishing representatives, faculty, staff, and students, are required. Problem-solving ability is required. The ability to work with community groups is required. The ability to initiate, organize, and set priorities in a team environment is required. A working knowledge of integrated library systems and the ability to use database applications and other systems or applications is required. Knowledge of database search strategies for online resources, with special emphases on pre-K through grade 12 educator resources and topic areas is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Other: Occasional exposure to mold and dust from library materials may occur. The position may require some weekend and evening hours, as well as some travel. A valid driver’s license is required. Weekly lifting of boxes weighing up to twenty-five pounds is required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES1. Works with the Educator Resources Head and BRB Advisory Board to carry out strategic plan for BRB, communicates with publisher liaisons to ensure a consistent flow of books into the program, selects children’s and young adult books from publishers for potential review, oversees book delivery and return, and ensures the currency and accuracy of the information in the BRB database.
2. Helps to establish and maintain positive relationships with reviewers throughout Missouri, including MSU English and College of Education faculty as well as area grade 5-12 teachers who facilitate collaboration with their students, coordinates reviewer receptions and the annual book sale, and schedules regional book talks and workshops with schools, libraries, and parent groups.
3. Selects, trains, schedules, and supervises Educator Resources student workers and graduate assistant(s).
4. Ensures the efficient operation of the Educator Resources unit, communicates and collaborates with other units, such as Resource Management and Discovery and Access Services, facilitates efficient customer service for all patrons, and maintains statistics, room displays, and bulletin boards.
5. Assesses and matches resources to appropriate reading levels, such as high interest/low reading level material and low grade/high reading level material.
6. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
7. Contributes to the overall success of the Educator Resources unit and the Libraries by performing all other duties as assigned.
The Coordinator, Educator Resources is supervised by the Head, Educator Resources.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED NOVEMBER 2022