Library Associate, K–8

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




New York
New York
United States


Library Associate, K–8

The School at Columbia University (TSC) is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003 that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The community is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.

Reporting to the Director of Technology, the Library Associate works closely with the Librarians in supporting the library, which serves the students and faculty.

The primary duties of the Library Associate will include, but are not limited to:

Ø Assist with K–8 library classes

Ø Supervise and assist student readers and researchers in the library

Ø Learn about new developments in the education and library field, and practice implementing them

Ø Assist with development of K–8 library and research curriculum

Ø Participate in grade-level meetings as required, and in meetings with individual teachers, to understand their practice and foster collaboration, and to coordinate the functioning of the library with their needs

Ø Conceive and develop projects that make use of library materials

Ø Prepare displays, bulletin boards, and other promotional materials

Ø Assist in collection development, maintenance, inventory, and weeding

Ø Assist with cataloging and processing of new materials

Ø Manage circulation of library materials

Ø Shelve books and periodicals

Ø Fulfill duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the “Working at The School at Columbia University” Guidebook

Ø Participate fully in the active and rich life of TSC, including lunch duty, faculty meetings, etc.

Strong skill sets in children’s and young adult literature; library and information services; book selection, procurement, and organization; readers advisory; knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, reading and recommending books for children and young adults.

Experience and interest in working with the latest technologies, including the Google platform and library databases. Strong speaking and writing abilities and interpersonal skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree or coursework in Library Studies

Experience working with children

Fluency in Spanish

Experience in a school setting

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Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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