Library Manager

  • School Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School
  • Closing Date Dec 6 2021

Library Manager

Position Overview

Shearwater the Mullumbimby Steiner School Limited facilities include a combined Primary and Secondary School Library for use by all students and staff.

Position Objective

The Library Manager plays an important role in integrating curriculum, reading and information resources for the whole School. The teaching component of the role focuses on fostering reading enjoyment and encouraging the development of literacy and library skills of students, in particular the primary classes who visit the library on a weekly basis.

Key Accountabilities

Library Management:

  • Oversee the efficient management of library services, including resource selection, collection development and maintenance, preparation and expenditure of the library budget.
  • Oversee library operations including staff training and supervision, and maintenance of library policies and procedures, including appropriate behaviour within the library.
  • Foster the creation of a stimulating environment and promote the library as a place for productive study, leisure reading and other appropriate activities.
  • Actively participate in all general library tasks, including circulation, maintaining borrower records and following up overdue items.
  • Participate in all aspects of collection development ie. selection, acquisition, cataloguing and end-processing of resources, discarding out-of-date items and annual stocktaking.
  • Develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, parents and carers.
  • Participate in staff meetings, school events and festivals.
  • Apply knowledge of appropriate digital technology in the School environment.
  • Apply detailed knowledge of copyright legislation and its application in schools.
  • Other duties as directed by the Head of School as required.

Primary School Focus

  • Provide a stimulating program of age appropriate activities for primary classes.
  • Promote new library acquisitions.
  • Educate students in library literacy, including familiarisation with book authorship and publishing.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and students to achieve an excellent standard of Information Literacy, including use of the library and the online Library Catalogue.
  • Liaise with teachers to provide resources for curriculum-based learning and activities.
  • Implement change initiatives to source new types of research content and improve the management of the existing content.

Key Selection Criteria

In the context of the Key Accountabilities above, among many skills candidates should possess:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of current trends, developments and standards in library services.
  • Good computer skills, with experience in Library Information Systems and email packages.
  • Empathy for children, and the ability to support a class in a caring and nurturing manner.
  • Ability to apply initiative, be self-directed and be a willing and enthusiastic team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask efficiently in a busy school library environment
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the Shearwater community, including co-curricular activities such as festivals and open days.


  • Formal Library qualification which meets eligibility requirements for membership to ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association)
  • Hold relevant teaching qualifications and experience for accreditation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working in a Library environment.


  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working in a School Library environment.
  • IT experience would be beneficial to the success of the role.
  • Demonstrated awareness of the theories, practice and principles of Steiner education.
  • Demonstrated awareness of children’s needs through the developmental stages, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner.
  • Formal training in Steiner education or other qualification relevant to an educational setting.
  • Current First Aid Qualification.

Further information

Your appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check as required under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.               

All applicants must meet the requirements of the current NSW Public Health Order relating to mandatory vaccination of education and care workers.   

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