It is that time of the year when we start to see job postings for next year. Here is some information for building the resume that will get the attention of any administrator:
Keep it Simple
When I read through resumes, I initially skim them looking to see if the applicant meets the job requirements. Start off with education and certification so the people reviewing your resume do not have to search.
MEd, Plymouth State University, 2016 (or “expected graduation May 20, 2017”)
Library Media Specialist and Education Technology Integrator
Library Media Specialist (0036) and Education Technology Integrator (0350)
Originally Issued: 6/1/2017 Expires: 6/30/2020 (or “expected 6/1/2017”)
Keep it Short
Resume reviewers prefer a single page document unless you have something important that will add value to this position. Have you published an article? Are you a photographer? Have you lead professional development? Does your previous career provide evidence of what a wonderful school librarian you will make? Are you a member of relevant professional associations? Do you have additional trainings or certifications? If so, it’s ok to go onto page two.
Intel Teach to the Future Master Teacher, 2015.
Seacoast Professional Development Center, Exeter, NH.
Google Certified Educator Level 2, 2016.
Sanborn Regional School District, Kingston, NH.
New Hampshire School Library Media Association
New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education
American Association of School Librarians
American Library Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Here is where you can start talking about your experience as a librarian. Be sure to include an entry for your practicum and what you accomplished during your time. If you have worked in libraries be sure to include details of your experience. When possible, add the impact you have had on your school as well as the actual skills and experience you demonstrate.
Library Media Specialist
Hampton Academy, Hampton, NH. 2005-2010.
Provided a shared environment in which faculty and students became effective users of information.
* Automated the district libraries and established an online presence for resource sharing.
* Integrated information technology through collaboration and professional development.
* Created a positive culture of readers which lead to an increase in test scores.
* Managed library volunteers, a multi-faceted budget, the physical facilities, licensing and contract negotiations.
Library Media Specialist Practicum
Bakie School, Kingston, NH. 2005
Worked with my mentor librarian at the Bakie School for 90 hours gaining valuable experience managing a library and providing information literacy instruction to the K-5 students.
* Developed curated resources for projects across the curriculum using digital tools.
* Collaborated with 4th grade teachers on adding an audio-visual component to the Immigration Project.
* Created a “Best Practices for Chromebooks” program for all faculty.
* Earned my Google Certified Educator, Level 2 by helping with and attending district PD.
* Genrefied the Fiction collection to make it more student-centered and easily accessible.
If you are an experienced teacher, highlight your work as a collaborator, a technology integrator, a presenter, coach, and leader. Include professional development trainings you have given. Highlight collaborative projects that had an impact on student and teacher learning. Illustrate your leadership experience by detailing activities and initiatives. Share evidence you have collected that demonstrates how you’ve met goals.
Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston, NH 2000-2005.
Transformed the English curriculum in Freshmen classes by developing an inclusive project-based learning program.
* Collaborated with my PLC on transforming the Freshmen Learning Community into an award-winning center of integrated instruction.
* Through the reader/writer workshop model student reading scores increased two grade levels.
* Coached all new teachers on the use of Google Classroom.
* Served as Team Leader for NEASC Accreditation.
Include a heading under your library/teaching experience entry about your readiness, ability, and desire to move the library into the future. Administrators are no longer looking for policy enforcers in the Library Media role. They want to see that your priorities are their priorities. How will you positively impact student learning at their school? Think about your elevator speech. Why do we need school librarians today when we have 1:1 Chromebooks, access to the Internet, and tech-savvy teachers? Include this statement in your cover letter. In fact, start your cover letter with your pitch:
Successful schools need a future ready school library in order to build successful students.
Ask for Advice
Share your resume with your mentor, your Program Coordinator (ME!!), and other colleagues. Ask for input!
Good luck and keep in touch!