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Coordinator, Evaluation & Selection of Instructional Materials

OFFICIAL TITLE: Coordinator CODE: 0435 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Coordinator, Evaluation & Selection of Instructional Materials GRADE: N MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under general supervision, develops, administers, and coordinates the evaluation and selection process of instructional materials for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) including print and non-print library and instructional materials, textbooks and electronic resources to support curriculum according to the MCPS strategic plan, policies, and regulations. Supervise staff; maintain MCPS instructional materials¿ approval databases; supervise and maintain examination center of new print, non-print, and electronic materials; observe and analyze the selection process used by school library media specialists; facilitate evaluation and selection meetings for print, non-print, and electronic collection development for school library media specialists; facilitate evaluation and selection meetings for content supervisors as necessary; and facilitate the Citizens Request of Reconsideration of Instructional Materials process.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of: current trends in print, non-print, electronic resources Pre-K12; MCPS policies and procedures for evaluation, selection, ordering, and processing of instructional materials. Thorough working knowledge of: MCPS online financial management systems; library circulation systems; and union catalog. Ability to work with principals, central services and school staff, library media specialists, parents, and others in the delivery of an effective evaluation, selection and approval program. Excellent human relations and oral, written, and electronic communications skills including an ability to solve problems as they arise.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in library media or information sciences with course work in curriculum development, instruction, and administration. Other combinations of applicable education and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets Maryland State certification requirements in school library media programs and Administrative and Supervisory certificate.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Occasional evening and weekend work required to meet deadlines, collect data and user feedback, and attend meetings.


Assesses instructional material requirements of schools in accordance with MCPS policy; develops a countywide evaluation and selection process in response to those needs; implements the evaluation and selection process as a part of each school's instructional program; collaborates with central services and school staffs to interpret the instructional material components of the evaluation and selection process; maintains liaison with central services staff, principals and teachers in monitoring the quality of instructional materials including textbooks and library materials print, non-print, and electronic components of the evaluation and selection process in accordance with regulation.
Coordinates the acquisition of instructional materials from vendors, publishers, and distributors, for evaluation purposes; develops and compiles exhibits and displays of instructional materials to meet the needs of the school system; monitors the maintenance and use of the Evaluation and Selection databases (Evaluation Procedures Imprinted on Computer and the Database of Accountable Evaluations of approved materials.
Facilitates the work of content area evaluation and selection committees when asked; coordinates the development of lists of newly approved textbooks and instructional materials given to the Department of Materials Management for addition to the MCPS Financial Management System (FMS) for ordering.
Oversees textbook and instructional, and library material orders for compliance with MCPS policy; handles library materials, instructional materials, and textbook reconsideration requests by parents or staff of a controversial nature following procedures outlined in MCPS regulation.
Manages the evaluation, selection, approval, and access of electronic subscription products for students and staff that align with MCPS. Facilitates meetings with school library media specialists, teachers, and central services staff to select products to be purchased centrally by MCPS. Distributes access information for products purchased centrally to central services, school staff, students and parents, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and for instructional specialists who provide staff development for the products purchased.
Facilitates monthly collection development meetings for school library media specialists which include staff development on selection and evaluation of materials including methods of collection analysis, and information using current literature to assist in this process.
Works individually with school library media specialists on library media center collection analysis, organization of materials, weeding and withdrawal of materials to promote alignment with curriculum, currency, and leisure reading needs.
Meets with central services content staff as needed to assist in the evaluation of the most current materials to meet the requirements of the MCPS curriculum.
Supervises and evaluates the Evaluation and Selection staff designates responsibilities and activities. Represents School Library Media Programs on various MCPS stakeholder committees.
Stays informed of state and national developments; reviews recent literature, research studies, and reports; evaluates findings and suggests changes or modifications to improve existing programs, processes, and materials for school library media centers and classrooms.
Performs related work as required.

Class Established: 7/81
Date(s) Revised: 5/83, 7/87, 7/90, 7/11
Last Reviewed:

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