• Full Time
  • Fort Myers
  • $55,000 - $65,000 USD / Year

Website Canterbury School

Location Name: Canterbury School
County: Lee
Region: Southwest Florida
Address: 8141 College Parkway
City: Fort MyersZipcode: 33901
ALA accredited Masters required: Yes

Title: Director of Libraries
Reports to: Lower School Director
Department: Libraries
FLSA Status: Exempt


Canterbury School, an esteemed independent college-preparatory institution, seeks an accomplished individual to assume the role of Director of Libraries, overseeing the Hilliard Library, which serve the Lower School (PreK-4) and the Ellenberg Library, which serves the Middle School (grades 5-8) and the Upper School (grades 9-12). This position plays a crucial role in fostering a culture of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong love of reading across all divisions. This individual will design and deliver engaging and age-appropriate lessons, including storytimes with a focus on early literacy development, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, fairy tales, and folktales. The ideal candidate will possess an MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, and have an extensive knowledge of and passion for children’s, tween, and teen books. The director will lead the newly renovated Ellenberg Library and the Hilliard Libraries by curating diverse collections, collaborating with faculty, and guiding students in their research endeavors. The ideal candidate will hold an MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, have experience working in a library, possess a passion for promoting literature and the right to read, have an extensive knowledge of and passion for children’s, tween, and teen books, and demonstrate expertise in information literacy and library management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Vision and Collaboration:
Develop and implement a strategic vision for the growth and development of the Canterbury School libraries.
Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining library policies and procedures that align with the school’s educational objectives.
Collaborate with faculty to integrate library resources into the curriculum and support research initiatives across all grade levels.

Collection Development and Management:
Evaluate, select, organize, and manage both physical and digital library resources for diverse age groups and curricular needs.
Ensure the availability of age-appropriate materials and databases to support teaching and learning in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions.
Oversee the acquisition, cataloging, and maintenance of library materials, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive collection.

Instruction and Support:
Develop engaging and age-appropriate library classes and activities, including storytimes, research classes, and instruction on library resources.
Provide readers’ advisory services to students, faculty, and families, promoting reading and literacy initiatives.
Collaborate with teachers to provide materials and support for lesson plans and curriculum integration, fostering information literacy skills among students.

Community Engagement and Outreach:
Support reading initiatives and promote a culture of reading and lifelong learning within the school community.
Collaborate with division directors, faculty, and administrators to identify and address academic resource needs.
Engage with parents and volunteers to support library initiatives and programming, fostering a sense of community within the library space.

Administration and Operations:
Ensure the efficient operation of library services, including circulation, inventory management, and maintenance of library facilities.
Maintain accurate records and statistics of library operations, compiling essential data for reporting purposes.
Coordinate with vendors and IT administrators to ensure uninterrupted access to digital resources and technology, staying abreast of emerging library technologies.


Required Qualifications:

Master's degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
Experience in library management or a related field, preferably in an educational setting.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Commitment to democratic debate and the right to read.
Passion for promoting reading and literature across diverse age groups.
Knowledge of information literacy principles and library instruction techniques.
Familiarity with MARC records, bibliographic data, metadata, copy cataloging, and library cataloging standards.
Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels.

Multilingual Skills Required: No
Contact Person: Rick Kirschner
Contact Email: rkirschner@canterburyfortmyers.org
Contact Phone: 239-481-4323
How to Apply / Instructions:

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Canterbury’s Head of School, Rick Kirschner, at rkirschner@canterburyfortmyers.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled with a qualified candidate. Salary is commensurate with experience.