Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries

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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 ...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573873628
  • Publisher: Information Today, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword, by Gail Bush xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Relationships Take Work 1

Establishing a Connection 1

Sidebar: But That's Private! 3

Sidebar: What Should We Talk About? 16

Rejection 18

Sidebar: Courting Time-Learning the Art of Wooing! 21

Starting Over 22

Chapter 2 Partnership Basics 23

The Basics 23

Sidebar: Show You Care 29

Feeling Brave? 35

Sidebar: So You Want an Author? 38

Sidebar: Competitive Collaborative Program Ideas 44

Chapter 3 Changing Seasons 49

Promotion-AKA, Help! 50

Where to Find Summer Reading Lists 61

Gearing Up for Fall 63

Going with the Flow 65

Chapter 4 After-School Blues 67

Not a Babysitter! 68

Homework, Anyone? 72

Acknowledging the Problem 78

Chapter 5 From Basic to Bravo! 79

Beyond Brave 79

Local Partnerships 80

Sidebar: Connecting Big Citywide 84

Statewide Collaborations 86

Sidebar: Reading to Learn 88

National Collaborations 90

Take a Deep Breath 91

Sidebar: Joining Ranks 92

Chapter 6 Using Technology to Partner 97

Getting Started 98

Communicating and Learning, Together 100

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Collaborate 108

Sidebar: Ideas for Collaborative Projects Using Web 2.0 Tools 111

Sidebar: Into Cyberspace 116

Chapter 7 Resource Sharing 121

It's All About the Books 121

Sidebar: Establishing Parameters 126

Sidebar: Book Bin Collections 132

Beyond the Printed Book 132

On the Road Again 136

Keeping It Real 137

Chapter 8 Visits 139

School Visits 139

Public Library Visits 150

Sidebar: Preparing for a Visit 152

Reflecting 154

Chapter 9 Garnering Support 155

Getting Grants 156

The Lay ofthe Land 157

Encouraging and Rewarding Support 161

Sidebar: Knowing the Benefits 162

Chapter 10 Keeping It Going 169

Moving Forward 169

For Posterity 172

Sidebar: Vertical Teamwork with Libraries Too 173

When Someone Leaves 179

Sidebar: New Beginnings 183

What It Comes Down To 186

Recommended Reading 189

About the Author 193

Index 195

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