Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Synopsis

In this practical guidebook, experienced librarians- a public librarian and a school librarian- share advice and ideas for extending resources, containing costs, and leveraging capabilities between school and public libraries, offering insights and strategies to overcome today's economic challenges.

• Offers detailed instructions for initiating a collaborative relationship between public and school libraries

• Explains how to navigate tricky political situations that can arise when trying to please two distinct administrative boards

• Includes practical advice from both school and public perspectives

Best Practices section offers successful case studies and real-world tested ideas and tips

What We Wish You Knew! sidebars provide examples of challenges encountered and problems to avoid as well as hints for success

Excerpt

We are writing this book from two different viewpoints, with each of us commenting on the work of the other and adding examples from our own experiences. Our goal is to make this a practical tool full of suggestions useful to librarians, those fresh out of graduate school as well as those veteran librarians who mentor the newest members of our profession. The chapters don’t need to be read in numerical order but can be browsed or selected as the reader’s curiosity is peaked by a certain topic. We hope that you will enjoy referring back to this book over and over again. Stacey Hayman has worked at Rocky River Public Library (Ohio) for over 15 years, serving first as the teen librarian and now as a reference librarian. Cherie Pandora served as the high school librarian and library coordinator for Rocky River City Schools for 25 years until her retirement in 2010. We began our collaborative efforts decades ago and are confident that our experiences will be of help to you. Stacey starts some chapters, where her expertise is superior; and Cherie adds her thoughts, comments, and experiences. Cherie starts other chapters with Stacey doing likewise. As you begin reading the different chapters, we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to tell who began the chapter and who applied the finishing touches. Or maybe you won’t. You’ll just have to read on . . .

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