Educational resource coordinators, also known as school resource coordinators identify the necessary resources that are needed to carry out a particular objective.
They also obtain the resources that they have identified for a particular need and integrate obtained resources into the environment for a particular use.
Essentially, school resource coordinators are part of a human resource team where their main job is the procurement or arrangement of resources for technical and other school projects.
They usually work in office settings and spend a major part of their time on the telephone, contacting vendors and arranging for resources. They may need to travel somewhat within a city to expedite procurement of resources by meeting vendors personally.
Some school resource coordinators are also hired on a contract basis but most are employed on a full-time basis. People wanting to work in this position need to be outgoing and possess good communication skills.
There is no standard education path for people who want to work as school resource coordinators however, some knowledge of academic settings does help them in performing their work.
School resource coordinators must be well-versed in handling technology – looking for online resources or out-of-stock materials is a major part of their work – and they must also maintain knowledge of local bookstores and stationery vendors.
Typically, a school resource coordinator is responsible to perform the following duties:
School Resource Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
• Determine the school’s need for resources by conferring with teachers and administrators.
• Procure and maintain a collection of resources such as educational tapes, written materials, and slides.
• Compile lists of books and periodicals needed by teachers and attempt to find them in the resource center.
• Make lists of books and materials not available in the resource center so that they can be obtained from other sources.
• Contact vendors, bookshops, and stationery stores to obtain needed books and writing materials.
• Develop and implement cataloging systems and explain cataloging procedures to teachers and administrators so that they can retrieve them.
• Confer with teachers to gauge resources needed for various projects and provide suggestions on materials and resources that can be used.
• Conduct workshops to train teachers in the use of educational materials and resources.
• Take and respond to telephone calls and emails from school staff regarding availability and procurements arrangements of educational resources.
• Research online for educational resources not available with local vendors or shops.
• Take permission from the administrator to procure materials not available locally.
• Provide suggestions to teachers about what resources they can use for a technical project.