Learning Commons Coordinator, Content & Collections

  • Bishop Strachan School
  • Jun 02, 2022
Full-Time Faculty and Research / Library

Job Description

Learning Commons Coordinator, Content & Collections
Permanent Full-Time (12 Months)

Are you passionate about reading and providing a student- centered, dynamic and an innovative approach to learning? Then we have the opportunity for you as our Learning Commons Coordinator! Our Learning Commons encourages students to become life-long learners. We promote literacy in all its forms and nurture reading and thinking in order to foster both self-knowledge and global awareness.

Working at The Bishop Strachan School is challenging, exciting and rewarding. It’s also a lot of fun. This is the place to be if you value forward-thinking leadership and enthusiastically embrace a global perspective.

We offer the opportunity to join an exceptional community of professionals and contribute meaningfully to the education of tomorrow’s transformational leaders. As an employer, we focus on building and developing our employees to be the very best at what they do. We offer competitive compensation, a variety of benefits and supports, and a thought-provoking and inspirational environment.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself and be a leader in girls’ education, we invite you to explore a career with BSS.

Summary of Position:
The Learning Commons Coordinator, Content and Collections, oversees the daily operations of the Learning Commons area, focusing on creating a welcoming environment that is conducive to Learning. They collaborate with community members to co-create resource guides and recommend resource materials for classes, affinity groups and councils. Collaborating with other Learning Commons staff, they identify the necessary information technology competencies and information literacy skills and work with faculty to weave those skills into the curriculum.  The LC Coordinator works in a procedural, consensus-building manner with faculty, students, parents, and staff in keeping with the school’s vision, mission and values.


Specific Accountabilities:

Maintenance and Daily Operations

  • Oversees the physical LC space, collaborating with faculty and student groups in showcasing student work, organizing displays and special events
  • Manages traffic flow throughout the space, including Room Booking requests
  • Strategic planning to promote and ensure access to all LC resources, both print and digital
  • Provides reader’s advisory to students, staff and faculty, and promotes recreational reading through displays, special collections and reading programs


Acquisitions and Cataloging

  • Manages periodical subscriptions (print & online)
  • Collaborates on selection, ordering and coordinating with all key stakeholders
  • Supplementary cataloging


 Information Desk

  • Patron assistance: supports students, staff and faculty in all information needs
  • Help students troubleshoot technology and use academic resources for homework and projects
  • Provides Reader’s Advisory
  • Troubleshooting tech issues
  • Manage LC Room Bookings and general traffic flow
  • Manage circulation module on ILS


Outreach/Community Relations

  • Maintains and updates all facets of the library website
  • Liaise with Faculty; attend Dept Meetings
  • Liaise with student organizations
  • Manages volunteers


Collection Maintenance

  • Oversees processing of all materials
  • Maintenance of marc records for eresources
  • Removes deselected materials from catalog (print & eresources)
  • Manages Overdue notices
  • Inventory management
  • Weeding



  • Promotes information literacy and digital citizenship in all individual and group interactions
  • Attends department meeting and participates in the Administrative Specialist Team Meetings
  • Supports students in developing research skills, advises and assists students in selecting appropriate resources, demonstrate search strategies for databases, ebooks, the ILS (Destiny) and the internet
  • Provides services essential to a program centered on students’ needs and the instructional goals of the school
  • Provides reader’s advisory to students, faculty and staff, and promotes recreational reading through displays, special collections and reading programs.


Skills, Experience and Attributes Include:

  • Graduate of a Library Technician Program with an emphasis on media and digital literacies
  • Strong knowledge of reading materials, both curriculum-related and recreational, appropriate for Middle School and Senior School students
  • Familiarity with Middle School and Senior School curriculum
  • Competence in the effective use of online Library databases, anad other digital and online resources
  • Keen interest and understanding of emerging technologies
  • Capacity to analyse problems and use the appropriate electronic tools required
  • Advanced familiarity with library OPACs, library automation and ILA modules
  • Proven strength in Microsoft Office, Google tools and products
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to work well with staff and students
  • Effective team player and ability to work independently with interruptions
  • Proven ability to think creatively, work collaboratively and problem-solve
  • Physical ability to perform shelving duties


Why Work at BSS?
We value the willingness to take risks in order to learn and grow - and not just for our students. At BSS, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an unparalleled setting, with access to innovative tools, support and resources, so you can pursue ongoing professional learning, whatever your role. BSS offers a competitive total compensation package that includes:

  • Extensive health and dental benefits package
  • Our administration participate in our robust pension plan with up to 8% match
  • Lunches provided with a taxable benefit
  • Discounted tuition for eligible staff
  • Use of on-site fitness center
  • And a chance to be part of a great community!


BSS Values Diversity:
BSS is committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse and respectful environment. We believe that diversity in our school fosters a rich, inclusive and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse school and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We are also committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodations, please contact the Executive Assistant, Human Resources and Finance at 416-483-4325, ext. 4207 or by email at careers@bss.on.ca.


How to Apply:
Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to careers@bss.on.ca indicating Learning Commons Coordinator in the subject line. For more information about BSS, please visit our website at www.bss.on.ca

Please note, we have a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in place for employees, unless official documentation of a human rights exemption is provided and can be accommodated.

We thank all candidates for their applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.