Librarian (Primary) Park House English School – Qatar

Full Time

Website Park House English School

Park House is a co-educational, British school from nursery - Sixth Form

Librarian (Primary) Park House English School – Qatar


ISP Librarian Role Profile

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. ISP recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of international schools which believes in amazing learning and is committed to getting better all the time.

GROWING LEARNING, GROWING SCHOOLS embodies our journey and is what binds us together. We are developing schools for 2-18 year olds with learning at the heart of each school and helping our children and students learn to levels that amaze them. At the same time, we are listening to our parents and students to broaden the appeal of our schools, with the aim of each one becoming the school of choice in its local area over time. We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world.

We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. Our schools are located in the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Chile, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia and Mexico. We are constantly enhancing our existing group of schools with new ones including those we develop ourselves, and new schools that want to join our partnership.

We put learners and learning first. Learning is affected by both internal factors (such as emotions, motivation and general health and wellbeing) and external factors (such as environment, curriculum and relationships). The external factor that has the most significant impact on our students’ learning is the teacher.

At ISP, everyone is a learner. So as one of our teachers, you are also a learner.  Together, we will embark on an ongoing process of exploring, expanding and evolving your practice in ways that directly impact and improve student learning.

Learner (ISP definition)

Everyone at ISP is a learner. The ISP learner recognizes that their mindset, experiences, and actions drive their learning outcomes. With this awareness, they exercise voice, choice, and ownership over their process of learning – leading their learning and the learning of others.

ISP Principles

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Well-being and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.

Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.

Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.

Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.

ISP Librarian Role Profile

1.       Atmosphere. You enable students to learn in a safe, open, caring, collaborative and inclusive atmosphere. Your students feel confident to have open and honest conversations about their learning and how they can get better. You create a positive atmosphere by building relationships, behaviors, and inclusive learning experiences that support a good struggle for all your learners. You engage in professional and respectful dialogue with colleagues and the wider school and ISP communities about learning and teaching, with a shared commitment to getting better.

2.       Shared Ideas. You know and model your school’s values and contribute to its mission and vision through your daily actions. Through all aspects of learning and teaching, you create a strong sense of shared behaviors and purpose for learners and their learning.

3.       A Focus on Learners and Learning. You put learners and their learning first. Your understanding of the difference between learning and the factors that affect learning enables you to plan and support a good struggle for all your students to get better. You are committed to your personal and professional learning and development, engaging in a series of learning visits and inquiries with colleagues and leaders to support your ongoing self-evaluation. You are an active and valued member of dynamic learning communities,

4.       Learning and Teaching. You put learners and their learning first in your design and facilitation of learning outcomes, content and experiences, which are underpinned by positive and supportive relationships. You understand the types and phases of learning and apply your knowledge, skills and understanding of these to effectively facilitate learning, teaching, and assessing to meet the personalized needs of each student. You empower students to lead their own learning, supporting them to monitor, assess and adjust their learning in response to feedback. You continuously inquire into the process of learning, making evidence-informed decisions and taking action to further improve learning and teaching.

5.       Evidence of Learning. You gather, document and analyses evidence of learning from various sources and use this to identify targets and action steps for improving learning. You support students in knowing the different ways their learning can be evidenced and how to use feedback and learning advice to get better. Evidence enables you to make secure judgments about your students’ learning in line with their personal learning goals, age and stage appropriate expectations, and local, national and international benchmarking. You document and share evidence of learning to answer the questions: “What are my students learning?” and “How do I know?”.

6.       Leadership for Learning. You see yourself as a leader for learning and demonstrate the same vision, values and commitment as school leaders to support students to continuously learn and get better. You take responsibility for where students are now with their learning and the targets and action steps needed to improve. You support students to become leaders of their own learning by helping them develop their voice, choice and ownership of their learning process.

7.       Learning Spaces. You create and use spaces to support and demonstrate the school’s shared ideas about learners and learning and the ways in which students are getting better. You ensure learning spaces (physical and digital) are safe, collaborative, accessible and inclusive, and enable students to play an active role in their development.

8.       In Partnership with Parents and Carers. You work in partnership with parents and carers, communicating with them regularly about their child’s learning, inviting their feedback and using this feedback to improve learning. You help parents and carers understand the school’s shared ideas about learners and learning in ways that help them to engage confidently when talking about what their child is getting better at, what their next steps are, and how they will be supported at home. You ensure that the individual needs of parents and carers are understood and that they feel informed and involved as valued members of the school’s learning community.

9.       Improvement Planning. You are committed to learning and getting better and ensure this improvement happens strategically and effectively. You are active and accountable for your contribution in setting your own professional goals, targets and action steps that focus on improving learning and gathering evidence to demonstrate these. You contribute to department and school learning improvement planning where possible and view the school’s learning improvement plan as the central focus for getting better together.

Job Role:

  • Play an active role in school’s advancement and accreditation activities with a view of fulfilling the mission statement of the school
  • Create an environment that is targeted towards active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff to meet the school’s overall goal
  • Participate in developing and updating district policies concerning issues like material selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, copyright, privacy, and acceptable use
  • Ensure active membership of professional associations for local and international integration
  • Remain current and updated on professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research, pertinent to school library programs
  • Write lucid prosaic articles and submit regular reports providing evidence of what the library and school librarian do to prepare learners to be successful in the twenty-first century
  • Keep and file historical records and documents relating to the existence of the library
  • Protect and keep the library’s information, books, and other materials
  • Make necessary books and materials available to students and other people who have come for research and under supervision.

Information Literacy

  • Ensures that the library plays an integral role in supporting inquiry, and that students have easy access to eResources.
  • Collaborates with teachers to develop information literacy across the school through participating in or leading information literacy and digital literacy coaching.
  • Work closely with teaching staff to plan and deliver the information skills curriculum
  • Coordinates school-wide guidance and training for all staff and students in effective use of resources, online catalogue and database
  • Develops a collection that has relevant resources in a variety of formats to support inquiry learning

Library Management

  • Ensure that resources are catalogued, organised and maintained in line with accepted standard library practice.
  • Stay aware of developing trends and facilities for storage and access to eResources
  • Develops a buying plan and strategies that ensure the library delivers appropriate, high quality material—print and online
  • Manages the Integrated Library System effectively by updating and editing of bibliographic and catalogue data on the system
  • Promotes the library services and resources to all staff and students
  • Maintains up-to-date school library procedures documents
  • Work with teaching staff to take a strategic approach to cultivating a love of reading in children
  • Develops and contribute to the school wide reading culture through reading programmes, initiatives and events.
  • Provides leadership and support to teachers on reading engagement and developing life-long readers.
  • Provides a wide range of quality reading material, catering for diverse needs and interests
  • Performs all service point routines related to the circulation of stock e.g. book issues, book returns, reservations and maintains records of over dues, lost books and fines
  • Monitors student use of the library and library equipment as set out in the library policy document
  • Ensures the safety at all times of students and academic staff whilst in the library
  • Assists in the preparation of display boards/bulletins and scheduled library events
  • Prepare financial estimates for the school library and manage the budget by selecting, acquiring, maintaining and withdrawing library stock, ensuring a balance between subject and ability levels and show an active engagement in diversity and equality issues
  • The school librarian provides leadership and expertise in the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and organization of information resources and technologies in all formats, as well as expertise in the ethical use of information.
  • The school librarian ensures equitable access and responsible use of information
  • Ensures that in accordance with School Policy, develops and maintains a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community
  • Sets up cooperating and networking with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school
  • Evaluates, promotes, and uses existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services
  • Understands copyright, fair use, and licensing of intellectual property, and assists users with their understanding and observance of the same
  • Organizing the collection for maximum and effective use

Health and Safety

  • Emphasizes the importance of safety in all areas of the curriculum, communicating to the pupils the importance of a responsible attitude towards personal safety, the safety of others and respect for Park House English School’s property and equipment
  • Perform all playground duties on time and with due diligence to safeguard Park House students
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Assist in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct
  • Ensure that, all the necessary health and safety rules and procedures are being followed
  • Maintain an awareness of all the health and safety measures to be taken when in school


  • Bachelor’s in relevant discipline
  • 3 years’ experience as a school librarian
  • English is mandatory
  • Arabic is an advantage


  • Competencies
  • Knowledge of maintaining an effective public relations program
  • Strong ability to cooperate and network with other libraries, librarians, and agencies to provide access to resources outside the school for mutual development
  • Very good time management skills needed to carry out tasks within schedule and accurately
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written with all levels of staff in the organization
  • Efficient organizational, problem solving skills; ability to multitask and deliver projects before deadline is reached
  • Ability to think strategically, innovatively and creatively, as well as having an eye for detail
  • Ability to use library management systems and other ICT software
  • Excellent communication skills and command of the English language, in spoken and written form
  • A collaborative team-player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Behaviour management
  • Ability to involve children to develop a reading habit
  • Creative and energetic
  • Excellent command of the English language, in spoken and written form
  • Willing attitude to be a part of the school team
  • Strong sense of professionalism
  • Safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Engaging interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse community
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in person, telephone and written
  • Excellent Customer Service Skills, with the ability to use discretion, patience, tact and respect for confidentiality
  • A collaborative team-player with excellent personal skills
  • Behavior management
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate Professional Development
  • Attributes
  • Collaborative team player, empathetic listener
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Kind, considerate and welcoming
  • Integrity, professionalism and confidentiality
  • Internationally minded
  • Sound judgement and emotional intelligence
  • Intercultural awareness, creative
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude


Whilst every effort  has  been  made  to  explain  the  main  duties  and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work that is not specified in this job description. Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.

The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

This job description is current at the date shown, but, in consultation with you, may be changed by the Principal to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.

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