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Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries
     

Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries

by Tasha Squires
 

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Connecting to share ideas, resources, and programs offers school and public libraries an exciting means of achieving their own goals as well as those of the community at large. In this timely guide, young adult library consultant Tasha Squires delves into the many possible avenues for partnership, from summer reading programs to book talks to resource sharing and

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Connecting to share ideas, resources, and programs offers school and public libraries an exciting means of achieving their own goals as well as those of the community at large. In this timely guide, young adult library consultant Tasha Squires delves into the many possible avenues for partnership, from summer reading programs to book talks to resource sharing and more.

Squires's advice is designed to help librarians appreciate, communicate, and build on the benefits of school/public library relationships in order to make the most of tight budgets, create resource rich environments, and promote the development of lifelong learners. This book is a must-read for school and public librarians who want to successfully connect and collaborate with other youth-focused professionals.

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VOYA - Diane Colson
Sometimes a book just begs to be read. The subject may not be particularly spellbinding on its own, but it comes at just the right time, magnifying the impact of its message. Squires's work might be such a book. Now that so many libraries are trying to make do with less, partnerships that allow librarians to share resources offer a timely solution. It is especially true of the alliances between librarians who specialize in youth services, often the first area to suffer from budget cuts. School libraries can capitalize on the greater material resources of public libraries, while youth services personnel in public libraries can justify their existence with their services to schools. It can be a beautiful relationship—except that so often, it is not. Squires offers encouraging but realistic advice. For example, find a way to offer useful services to your potential partner. For many overworked librarians, a new partnership can be perceived as increased work, even though they may agree with the concept. Although some of the book's suggestions are a bit obvious—booktalks at the schools, for example—Squires is able to inject enough real-life experience to show that even such obvious endeavors can prove problematic. Obstacles such as reluctant administrators, turf wars that stretch back for decades, and even simple personality differences can impede progress. Squires's confident advice can get beleaguered librarians through such difficulties and into mutually productive partnerships. Reviewer: Diane Colson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573873628
Publisher:
Information Today, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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