Media specialists need to be creative and innovative. We can help you start your career, switch from a public library, or find the next media center to continue your career.

Media Specialists

Media specialists/librarians work closely with teachers and students to help facilitate access to information in a variety of formats. A school librarian must be a self-starter, have a love for literature, information, and technology, and be passionate about spreading this knowledge to students. If you feel you have these qualities and would like to broaden teachers and students’ horizons by exposing them to different types of literature and ways to access information then you should consider being a librarian or media specialist at an independent school.

Librarians at an Independent School

In a private/independent school, media specialists/ librarians enjoy small class sizes conducive for differentiated instruction, allowing you to give students the individual attention that they deserve.

Librarians can truly get to know all their students as well as others throughout the school community. The community is what private schools are all about. Media Specialists find private schools encourage curricular innovation, collaboration, and nurturing a love of learning in students.

Media Specialist Requirements

• A Masters of Library Science degree (MLS)

• Enthusiasm for working in a library or media center at an independent, private, boarding or college preparatory setting

• Strong references that can speak to your ability to connect with students

  • Tim Green was thorough and thoughtful in his Athletics Assessment of our program at the University of Chicago Lab School, speaking to numerous people, poring over data, and evaluating our programs and facilities. He helped us identify and articulate key priorities over the short and long term. A great pleasure to work with, and the assessment was highly worthwhile. Thank you!

    Tori JuedsChicago, IL


  • Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.

    DuBose EglestonCharleston, SC


  • At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.

    Marie Reed Charlottesville, VA


  • Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.

    Garhett WagersHouston, TX



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