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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Starting Small and Building

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about collaboration between school and public libraries. I talked about Nashville’s Limitless Libraries and how I wished my students had access to a similar program here in Clarksville (about an hour away from Nashville).  In this blog post, I am happy to report that wishes do come true!

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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): A Successful Partnership Can Begin with Summer Reading

Through school-public library collaboration, librarians can co-design successful summer reading programs that help prevent summer reading loss. The goal of a national nonprofit called the Collaborative Summer Library Program, or CSLP, is to support public libraries with high-quality summer reading materials for all age groups at the lowest possible cost. Experienced librarian volunteers help CLSP provide member libraries with a summer reading kit in English and in Spanish. In Oracle, Arizona, public library volunteer director Pauly Skiba identified a pressing need for collaboration with the public school in her community. Oracle Public is an all-volunteer rural library thirty miles north of Tucson. Pauly, a retired classroom teacher, realized that although the library did an excellent job serving preschool and adult community members, few school-age children and teens used library resources—school-age programs and the summer reading program were not well attended. One day, Pauly was helping a 7th-grade girl do her…

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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Adapting Public Library Programs for Schools

In an environment where great emphasis is put on statistics like door count and program attendance, it is tempting for public library staff to view school counterparts either as competition, or conduits to promote our programs. A better approach to the numbers game is to collaborate together on programming, which can mean adapting public library programs for a school setting. 

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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): How Booktalks Can Lead to More

As a public librarian, I’m always on the lookout to see what I can do with local schools that isn’t just plopping down an informational library table. Booktalks are a fun activity, and provide me with the opportunity to promote our Battle of the Books program, a great way to involve schools in a collaborative literacy project. And as I recently found out, our booktalks led to even more.  This is our third year doing a Battle of the Books. Every year, I do booktalks and promote the program at a local school. We use our state book award list, the Rebecca Caudills. I used to visit just one class, but this year I was able to booktalk to 38 classes (1,336 students).  I asked the school librarians if they wanted to break up the booklist with me and participate. One took me up on the idea and it was…

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Pura Belpré – Twenty Years of Conceptual Continuity

My wife was born in the same town, Cidra, the town of eternal springtime, in the east central mountains of Puerto Rico.  I remember her delight when she learned of Pura, years later, when she was studying for her MLIS, and her joy at knowing of her connection with this legendary woman, that they had the same hometown.  I am sorry, New York, though Pura called New York her home, like so many Nuyoricans, Puerto Rico will always be their spiritual home, even if they were born en la gran manzana.

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So you think you want to volunteer for YALSA…

If you think YALSA as opposed to ALA is a softer option for volunteering your professional, think again!  These people are dedicated.  Youth services is a calling and so is throwing your hat in the proverbial ring.  It’s a ring not of doom, but a multi-ring circus, and your committee chair is the ringmaster. But wait!  Don’t walk away yet!  There is hope for the more casual contributor.  And indeed some of the smaller, less time-consuming contributions may in fact lead to bigger and better things.

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Gimme a C (For Collaboration): Strengthening Outreach Connections

In recent SPLC posts on this blog, we’ve talked building relationship with schools, starting points and more. So let’s say you have a school contact and would now like to leverage that relationship to reach even more teachers, kids, and parents. What are some events that a public librarian could participate in that would be a valuable investment? Here are some ideas: Pre-service and Staff Development Days: Most school districts schedule several pre-service or staff development days that occur right before school starts. The students are not be at school, so this is a great time to talk with just teachers. The public library could be a great resource-sharing presenter during a lunch break, or even during a regular session. Because pre-service days happen before school begins, try to schedule this before the end of the school year. Back-to-School Nights and Kindergarten Round-Ups: Your public library could set up a…

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Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): How Our Standards Relate and Interconnect

This past November, I saw a post on our North Carolina State Library blog about the new Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries.  After reading, I was curious to see how they compared to our North Carolina School Library Media Coordinator Standards.  Similar to other states, our NC SLMC standards are based on guidelines from AASL, ISTE, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians and other state standards.  After reading this document and noticing that it is geared towards those serving ages birth to 14, I decided to also check out YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth* since I am in a high school setting. I wanted to see if there were areas where we overlapped that might be used to promote more collaboration between school and public librarians.  I noticed that we had similar standards although some of our elements may come under…