Teacher-Librarian - Prep School Toronto , ON


Employment Terms: Full-Time, Permanent

Start Date: August 2020

Upper Canada College (UCC) is recognized nationally and globally as one of North America’s foremost boys’ schools. Educating tomorrow’s leaders since 1829, UCC is an International Baccalaureate World School, with IB scores 10 per cent above the global average. UCC offers transformational learning experiences to students in Senior Kindergarten through Year 12, including borders from 26 countries. UCC is focused on making the world a more just and inclusive place through dialogue and teamwork. With a commitment to equity and fairness, students learn that what makes us different as individuals makes us stronger as a community. A rigorous academic program is supported by accomplished faculty, exceptional co-curricular programming, and state-of-the-art facilities. The UCC experience is underpinned by five core values: learning, pluralism, service, community, and wellbeing.

Position Overview:

We are currently seeking a welcoming, encouraging and growth-oriented Teacher-Librarian for our Wilder Prep Library. As the successful candidate you will develop and deliver an integrated inquiry-based library program and collection that provides necessary reading and research materials to the UCC community, and that supports the development of research fluency, and library related thinking and self-management skills in all students. You will have the ability and desire to collaborate with teachers in the design and implementation of research units of instruction and associated assessment; support teachers’ research interests and professional development requirements as related to research and reading. You will also oversee the day to day facility, systems and instructional concerns and initiatives that support discovery and community engagement with research, reading and multimedia.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Plan and carry out the selection, acquisition and curation of print, multimedia and digital information to provide a comprehensive range of reading and research materials to meet the needs of all students and faculty at the Prep School;
  • Foster a love of reading and learning;
  • Oversee the work done in Technical Services and User Services regarding materials management, acquisitions and discovery, and user support.

Standards and Practices

  • Develop and implement library policies and procedures that reflect current and evolving standards and practices in library management and student engagement;
  • Engage students in an enjoyable and engaging growth-oriented library learning experience that is transitional to year 8;
  • Select products and systems and services to promote the effective use of the library by the UCC community.


  • Plan and deliver a program to develop and support strong developmentally appropriate research, thinking and self-management skills in students to support specific units of inquiry and projects in the curriculum;
  • Develop libguides as instructional and communication tool to support inquiry and research;
  • Consult on matters related to academic honesty, documentation and copyright;
  • Identify and ensure the availability of a wide range of current and emerging research resources appropriate to the academic and personal interests of the students, faculty and employees (as appropriate);
  • Collaborate with faculty, IT integrator, Centre for Learning and PYP/MYP Coordinators as appropriate in the design of library program;
  • Engage with educational library consortia and professional learning communities as appropriate.

Budget and Resource Management

  • Develop and monitor the annual library budget and prepares corresponding business cases;
  • Consult with vendors regularly on systems and resource content provision and access solutions.
  • Administration and Reporting
  • Collaborate with the Upper school librarians as appropriate regarding program, systems and joint library initiatives;
  • Prepare reports and documentation in support of external and internal library reviews;
  • Consult with appropriate senior administration on matters related to facility safety and use and regarding AODA compliance;
  • Consult with Communications and/or IT regarding matters related to the library’s digital presence;
  • Maintain usage statistics and prepare Annual Report.


  • Represent UCC with outside professional networks, consortia and organizations, including CIS, OLA, IB;
  • Plan and lead special projects to promote the library and its services.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Be a mentor for IB continuum project supervisor (Personal Project, PYP Exhibition or Extended Essay);
  • Co-curricular responsibilities for the Prep.
  • The Teacher-Librarian may be required to assist in Co-Curricular endeavours such as a trip to Norval or assisting an athletic team or arts group;

○ UCC students benefit from a robust Outdoor Educational program at Norval campus and most programs include overnight stays at Norval;

○ UCC students benefit from a robust co-curricular program including athletics. Many teams have the opportunity to participate in weekend and CAIS tournaments. Some CAIS weekend tournaments are out of province;

○ UCC students benefit from a robust co-curricular program including the arts. Many arts groups host evening performances on campus.

Key Experience, Knowledge and Competencies:

  • Masters in Library Science Degree, and at least 4 years of relevant experience, including administration and supervisory responsibilities, in an educational setting;
  • B.Ed. required;
  • IB experience an asset;
  • Proficiency with DDC22, MARC21, AACR2 and LCSH;
  • Library principles, best practices and operations/program assessment with specialized knowledge of library services in an educational setting, including curriculum development and student assessment in library contexts;
  • Library and self-directed pedagogy for students ages 5-12 (elementary and middle);
  • Current and emerging relevant print and electronic books, materials, information, databases and other resources, in order to ensure the availability of a comprehensive library selection;
  • Current and emerging technologies and communication advancements, in order to provide interesting and engaging opportunities for students to use and enjoy the library;
  • Research techniques and methodology, in order to lead a program that teaches students and faculty (where appropriate) effective research skills, and supports them in ongoing research activities;
  • Specific age-group-related interests and need for children, to ensure the library is a satisfying and engaging growth-oriented environment;
  • Ability to understand the reading and information needs and interests of children, and tailor the library’s collection to meet those needs and to introduce age-appropriate new reading/information opportunities;
  • Ability to understand the reading and information needs and interests of faculty and staff, and tailor the library’s collection to meet those needs and to introduce new professional reading/information opportunities;
  • Ability to assess a wide variety of library offerings, including print and digital books, materials, information and databases, and select/develop an appropriate collection for the library;
  • Ability to assess databases and other research resources, and arrange availability through purchase, sharing and/or subscription;
  • Ability to assess the library’s collections and resources on an ongoing basis, to determine continued effectiveness/usefulness, and adjust the collection/resources accordingly in collaboration with the Assistant Librarian;
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate on unit planning and co-teach productively with other educators across the Prep;
  • Collaborate and build relationships with all faculty and staff to identify appropriate library materials and resources to support and enhance the classroom curriculum;
  • Engage and build relationships with all students in order to enjoy and benefit from the library experience and resources;
  • Support students and faculty in the development and application of research skills;
  • Collaborate with Assistant Librarian to recruit, engage and support Parent Volunteers;
  • Communicate with student body regarding appropriate use of the library as needed;
  • Communicate with faculty and staff regarding library developments or news of interest.
  • Communicate with Center for Learning in support of students with specific learning needs in the area of library research;
  • Ensure that the library is a welcoming, supportive and engaging growth oriented environment for the entire UCC community;
  • Willingness to adapt and change based on the unique and diverse needs of the students;
  • Commitment to honesty, justice, fairness and equity;
  • Celebrate differences, cherish similarities and give voice to multiple perspectives.

UCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, encouraging applications from all qualified individuals. UCC embraces pluralism – celebrating differences, cherishing similarities, and giving voice to multiple perspectives. If you are contacted regarding a UCC opportunity, please advise if you require any accommodations.

Please apply online by creating a “Teachers” profile account. We thank all candidates in advance; however, will contact only those selected for an interview.

To learn more about us please visit our site at www.ucc.on.ca

Closes: 31 May, 2020

Upper Canada College
Toronto , ON