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Library Media Specialist (Clerc Center)

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University

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Job Title: Library Media Specialist (Clerc Center)
Location: Gallaudet University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 184
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Reporting to the Coordinator of Instructional Support, the Library Media Specialist develops a 21st-century school library; creates and maintains a school library/media center; ensures that content within the library reflects the diversity of Clerc Center’s community; actively promotes reading, information literacy skills; Instructs students and staff in information and technology literacy skills; cooperates and networks with other libraries; guides students to become critical thinkers; directly teaches K-8 students; participates in the curriculum development process; coaches teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing; performs regular reviews of current texts and textbooks; and implements and maintains an automated catalog.


Develops a school library with a wide array of video, print, and other content appropriate for twenty-first century students and ensures this library is equipped with appropriate tools.
Develops a school library media program that addresses twenty-first century skills, including life and career development, learning and innovation, and information, media, and technology literacy.
Creates and maintains a school library/media center that provides a teaching and learning environment that is inviting, safe, readily accessible, and conducive to student learning.
Ensures that content within the library is composed of texts and resources which appropriately reflect the diversity of Clerc Center’s community.
Actively promotes reading, information literacy skills, and information resource use through activities including book clubs, reading programs, reading initiatives, and such as book fair.
Instructs students and staff in information and technology literacy skills, including reading for understanding, the research process, engaging inquiry, collaboration, critical thinking, developing multiple literacies, and understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property.
Cooperates and networks with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide expanded access to resources for students and teachers.
Develops and implements activities that motivate students to read, write, view, speak and listen for intrinsic satisfaction in learning, enrichment, and personal pleasure.
Guides students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
Collaborates with other educators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, learning outcomes, and information resources.
Participates in the curriculum development process at both Kendall and Clerc Center level to ensure that curricula include the full range of literacy skills (information, media, visual, digital, and technological literacy) necessary to meet content standards and to develop lifelong learners.
Coaches teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing twenty-first century skills (i.e., critical thinking, systems thinking, problem identification, formulation and solution, creativity, and intellectual curiosity).
Provides direct instruction to K-8 students.
Identifies and attends conferences to ensure Clerc Center is current with literacies of online research and comprehension.
Collaborates with the teachers’ instructional activities that develop twenty-first century skills.
Works with the Clerc Center director of instruction, accounts manager, and leadership teams to identify and propose new textbook purchases in support of teacher needs.
Performs regular reviews of current texts and textbooks to identify the need for replacement and updating.
Implements and maintains automated catalog, circulation system, and textbook check-out services, including student obligations and responsibilities for materials. Also, ensure our catalog systems and services are continually updated.
Works as an instructional partner by collaborating with teaching staff in preparing and delivering lessons that incorporate effective use of information resources and build information literacy and reading skills.
Establishes and maintains a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers and supervisor.
Shows a genuine commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and participates in activities and workshops to foster continuous learning.
Serves as a mandatory reporter under Title IX; and commits to completing Title IX training and other compliance requirements on an annual basis.
Performs related and other duties as needed.


Required Minimum Qualifications (When the candidate’s resume meets these qualifications, it will be screened in.)

    Master's degree in library science, or education or a related field. A minimum two years of professional teaching or library experience. Ability to converse in high-level professional discourse in American Sign Language and written English.

Preferred Qualifications (While not required, it is an advantage for what the position needs.)

    Experience working with deaf and hard of hearing students in ECE-8 education.Expertise with internet platforms such as website development, Google sites or another resource center.Experience with instruction on information and technology literacy skills, including the research processExperience in evaluating and selecting print and digital resources.Experience in advanced technology such as 3D printer, video editing, etc. Expertise in the application of technology in an educational setting.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Qualities that will help the incumbent be more successful in the position.)

    Knowledge of curriculum development processes and learning theories.Understanding of student growth and development.Familiarity with national and state standards for information and technology literacy.Strong collaboration and communication skills.Demonstrated ability to work with and across Clerc Center departments, outside constituents and groups.Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

The incumbent must possess the CED Library Certification or must obtain it within two years of employment.

Level: 8
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
FLSA: Exempt

The successful candidate will undergo a background check that must be cleared prior to working at Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other unlawful basis. This policy is in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, and other applicable laws and applies to all procedures affecting applicants and employees including, but not necessarily limited to: recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, reassignment, reappointment, tenure, demotion, selection for training, layoff, furlough, and termination



Gallaudet University, the world’s premier university for living and learning in ASL and English, founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.



Although Gallaudet is a private institution, by an Act of Congress the University is able to participate in certain Federal benefits programs, specifically the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program (FEGLI), Federal Long Term Care Program (FLTCIP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAFEDS), and Federal Employers Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).


Other benefits, privileges, and conditions of employment described in this website pertain solely to Gallaudet University and have been approved by the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees and/or President. Outstanding customer service is a high priority for our department and for the Division of Chief Operating Officer. Your opinion of our service is important to us, and we encourage you to offer feedback on our  Customer Satisfaction Survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us.


Mission Statement:

As a strategic collaborator at Gallaudet University, it is the mission of Human Resources to maximize the potential of our greatest asset - our employees.  We embrace change and the opportunities it brings. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a high-performing diverse and bilingual workforce.


Vision Statement:

To be recognized as a valued and trusted strategic partner that supports the mission of Gallaudet University and become an Employer of Choice for top talent.



  • We value, encourage and support a diverse, inclusive and bilingual workforce;
  • We cultivate a culture where people are motivated, valued and engaged;
  • We create and enhance strategic partnerships through collaboration;
  • We continually improve individual and organizational effectiveness; and
  • We enhance services through technology.


Core Values:

Belonging: We cultivate a sense of belonging by valuing, encouraging, engaging and supporting a diverse and bilingual workforce.

Inclusiveness: We solicit the input of others and strive for transparency and inclusiveness and encourage the diversity of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds.

Service: We have a passion for customer service and are committed to knowing our employees, anticipating their needs, and exceeding expectations.

Openness: We are open to possibilities and foster creativity and innovation to support continuous improvement.

Nobility: We honor our commitments and conduct our work in a manner that promotes fairness, confidentiality, respect, honesty, and trust. We lead by example and advocate equitable treatment in our behaviors, policies, and practices.


Generous Benefit

Gallaudet employees have access to a wide variety of benefits, including:

* Competitive federal insurance plans
* Generous paid time off
* Federal retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of your pay
* Workplace flexibility
* Career growth opportunities
* Educational benefits & assistance 
* Bison perks and discounts


Learning Opportunities

Gallaudet University is a community where the personal and professional development of our employees always continues. Employees can choose to:

  • Pursue an advanced degree with support from the university’s educational benefits program
  • Participate in on-site professional development as well as LinkedIn courses at no cost
  • Make the most of opportunities such as professional conferences, workshops, and seminars.


Diversity Profile (coming soon)


  • Students: 1523
  • Alumni: 23,000
  • Employees: 900

For more information, please visit at


Gallaudet at a glance

  • Bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution
  • Includes the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, a beacon of Deaf education
  • Has a range of programs, resources, and services that includes the following
    • National Deaf Education Center
    • Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES)
    • Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD)

    Based in the heart of Washington, D.C.

To apply, visit at

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(202) 250-2284
Austin Main Office College Hall, Room 106
800 Florida Ave, NE
Northeast Washington
District of Columbia
United States
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