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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3727322
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted: November 22, 2021

Job Description

Department: Library
Job Title: Library Teaching Assistant  FLSA Status:
Exempt; Unit C
Reports to: Library Teacher Team and Assistant Principal
In compliance with state and federal laws, newton public schools is committed to equity, anti-racism and a nondiscrimination policy for students, employees and prospective applicants. All educational and employment determinations are based on an individual’s qualifications and achievements without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, homelessness, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal statute.


Library Teaching Assistant support allows the library staff to have more focused teaching time with students in the library and with classes. The Library Teaching Assistant performs circulation desk, book processing activities, creates book displays and trains and supervises student worker activities, which facilitate the management of the school library. The Library Teaching Assistant is often the first staff member a student encounters looking for general information and library resources.


Required Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with computers and online applications (including but not limited to Google Drive, email, web searching, online catalog);
  • Enjoys working with students & teachers;
  • Ability to process and shelve books;
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, multi-tasking environment with willingness to learn new skills;
  • Experience in Follett/Destiny a plus.
  • Ability to create thematic book displays

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (Not Limited To):

Circulation desk management:
  • Check books, Chromebook laptops and other supplies in and out
  • Manage overdues and obligations – send notices and follow-up
  • Maintain and report weekly, monthly, yearly statistics to the Librarians
  • Check students from Directed Study in and out of the Library; follow up with teachers as necessary and enforce library policies
  • Answer library phone, respond to general questions, redirect as necessary
  • Training and supervision of student workers
Manage collection:
  • Processing and cataloging of new books
  • Shelve books, journals, DVDs, etc.
  • Book repair
General duties:
  • Set up / maintain themed displays inside library and in corridor outside the library
  • Make IDs
  • Laminate materials for faculty
  • Ordering supplies
  • Manage the copy machine (teach students how to use the machine, maintain paper supplies, etc.)
  • Maintain supplies for printer (paper, toner), student supply desk (paper, pencils, etc.)
  • Consistent and on-time attendance is required or supervision and instruction of the students
  • Responsible for implementing “other job related duties” as needed.
  • May be expected to provide substitute educator services
  • May be expected to attend trainings related to position

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

Physical Requirements:
  • While performing the duties of this job the Library Teaching Assistant is frequently required to kneel, stoop, bend, and crouch.  The Library Teaching Assistant is periodically required to stand; while talking and listening.  The Library Teaching Assistant is occasionally required to sit; walk; lift; or carry up to 25 pounds. 
  • Position Type: Part-time
  • Job Categories: Student Services > Librarian/Media Specialist
    Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Newton Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Kendall Sorensen
    • 100 Walnut Street
    • Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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