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Teacher Librarian for the Primary School

Dulwich College SeoulKorea, Republic of



Teaching Role  :  Teacher Librarian for the Primary School 

School Section  :  Primary School  

Contract  :  Three year, from August 1st 2022    Hours  :  Full-time

Responsible to  :  Head of Primary School

Responsible for  :  All students as allocated, both academically and pastorally

Role Description

The IH Teacher Librarian is both an educator and an information manager with integrated understandings from both of these areas. As a result, knowledge of the Primary School curriculum, teaching strategies and learning styles are combined with knowledge of resource management, information services, and information access systems including information technology systems. This enables the IH Teacher Librarian to undertake an active role in curriculum design, support and implementation. Working alongside teachers and students in the development and exploration of inquiry, facilitating an inquiry approach to learning is a key element in this role. Inquiry as an approach for Integrated Curriculum (humanities and science) has been a significant area of development in our Primary School from August 2020; the IH Teacher Librarian is an integral part of this ongoing development alongside the DHoP (academic) and IC Lead.  The role of the IH Teacher Librarian is to provide access to a variety of resources, services and facilities to support: 

Teaching & Learning 

- Cooperatively plan and teach Primary School units of work with specialist and classroom teachers to develop information literacy and facilitate inquiry, in order to build capacity in the Primary team in both areas (70% teaching load)
- Assist students to seek, critically evaluate, synthesize and present information
- Incorporate essential knowledge and skills into library based teaching and learning programmes
- Be inclusive of the diverse needs of learners and meet all learners’ need. Demonstrate practices that reflect current educational directions particularly in the area of language, inquiry and technology use for learning
- Actively promote student and staff information literacy across the curriculum
- Sustain a high level of professional knowledge and understanding of an inquiry-based approach to IC
- Actively promote and effectively lead our “Junior Librarians” and other PS student leadership initiatives related to the library 


Management expectations will include, but not be limited to: 

- collaborating with the Senor School Librarian and any other members of the team to establish efficient procedures and systems for delivery of services,  
- develop the resource collection to College requirements and to ensure VfM. coordinate the roles and daily tasks of the Library TA and student/adult volunteers,  
- coordinate displays, special events and activities to promote books and reading, and to support student learning within the IC, literacy and technology, eg Book Week, author visits, units of inquiry etc.

Assist the Deputy Head of Primary (Academic): 

- Work in partnership with the IC Leader, meeting regularly with year teams and Team Leaders. Work in partnership with the Director of Technology, meeting regularly with year teams and Year Leaders

- Develop and document Inquiry Hub resource centre policies, set goals and objectives and evaluate according to changing College needs
- Participate as a partner in planning, implementing and evaluating school policies relating to curriculum. Function as a member of the Primary School’s curriculum team
- Participate in the on-going development of the school’s digital technology strategy and work collaboratively with the Ed Tech Leader in Primary.

Literature Promotion 

- Ensure the library areas are visually interesting, comfortable and actively promote books and learning to the PS community
- Expose students to a range of genres in both print and digital formats. Guide students in their reading choices
- Promote best quality literature and authors reflecting a variety of cultures and themes to students and their families  
- Keep well informed about current literature for Primary aged children
- Collaborate with teachers to develop literature-based reading programmes and literature which supports the programme of inquiry
- Support “Parents as Partners” in the PS, holding workshops for parents on books, reading and literacy.


- Select resources to support the information needs of the Primary School community
- Employ strategies to maximize access to print and electronic resources. Facilitate access to community resources and information services
- Provide a friendly learning environment in which students, staff and families feel confident that their information needs will be addressed
- Ensure the implementation of the College’s policies with regard to library and inquiry practice
- The Senior School Librarian, English Co and IC Lead will be colleagues with which the Primary Librarian meets regularly to assist in the facilitation of the programme. 


School-wide expectations of all staff:

- Work to achieve the outcomes described in school documentation, including the College Development Plan
- Model professionalism of the highest standard, and demonstrate flexibility, exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
- Build and develop strategic partnerships/key relationships within the College and wider community
- Manage resources within delegated authority and budgets
- Create a learning community in which all members have a desire to inquire, evaluate and challenge thinking
- Demonstrate the concepts of internationalism and intercultural understanding
- Contribute to the wider College and DCI community through meeting contributions and attendance, participation on working parties, supporting colleagues, liaison across schools etc, both online and in person
- Contribute to the school’s extra-curricular programme. Ensure the well-being and safety of all children in the school through undertaking required training and following the DCI Safeguarding Framework.  


Teachers receive an attractive salary (at generous tax rates) and a fully competitive overseas benefits package, including flight allowance, accommodation, living allowance, freight allowance, comprehensive health coverage and tuition for up to two children at the school. CPD opportunities on offer to teachers and TAs are excellent.


To apply, lodge your application on-line by 5pm Seoul-time on Saturday 30th October 2021. Early applications and appointment are of particular interest.

Please include:  CV (with no unexplained career gaps since age 18), 1 page cover letter describing your interest in this post, a separate 1 page philosophy statement. Interviews will take place by Zoom or face to face in Seoul. For short-listed candidates, there will be initial interview with the Head of Primary, a second/final interview and a full reference check.

Dulwich College International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment.  All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

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