Category Archives: K-12 Collaboration

Students use Kickstarter to fund library

Eighth graders in a design class at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA developed a plan for building a school library, and successfully funded the project using Kickstarter.

For more on this project visit ABC News.

Nearly 100,00 Philadelphia Students Get Library Cards

The Philadelphia School District merged their student database with the Free Library of Philadelphia system to identify which students did not have public library cards. The almost 100,000 students who did not have library cards are being issued cards.

This partnership is an attempt to address the budget cuts faced by school libraries. For more, read the full article at NewsWorks.

Book on School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Libraries Unlimited published “Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations” by Cherie Pandora and Stacey Hayman in August 2013. The main focus of the book is how school and public libraries can collaborate to better serve patron needs while minimizing costs. Much of the book is available to read on Google Books, and can be purchased from the link above or on Amazon.

WorldCat Record

Expanded initiative in Chicago puts teachers in the library

“Teacher in the Library” a privately funded program assists 58,000 kids with homework at 57 libraries across Chicago. The program is being expanded through a university partnership, facilitated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Thanks to Gary Smith for sending the news our way.

Article in TechTrends, collaboration with teachers

O. P. Cooper and Marty Bray wrote “School Library Media Specialist-Teacher Collaboration: Characteristics, Challenges, Opportunities” (Subscription required) in the July/August 2011 issue of TechTrends.

The most successful school library media specialists are those who collaborate with teachers as full partners in the instructional process. Without assertive action by the school library media specialist, however, school administrators and teachers are likely to be more aware of the media specialist’s administrative role than the roles of teacher, instructional partner, and information specialist. Reductions to library media staff and finding common planning time are examples of serious challenges, but these are not insurmountable. In the context of well-planned instructional projects, collaboration with teachers is a primary way that school library media professionals can demonstrate that their work is a vital part of the academic life of their schools, and a positive factor in improving student achievement.

Video on Collaboration

Teacher Mary Panik Reflects on Collaboration, Wikis, and Technology Integration @ The Unquiet Library

University of Alberta Capping Course Document

Muriel May Crompton wrote this document to finish off her Master of Education degree at the University of Alberta.

Teacher-Librarians and Teachers Using Information Technology Through Collaboration (PDF)

From the introduction:

Information technology is changing the way students experience their education. With the introduction of new technologies, twenty-first century learning has taken on new and exciting directions. School libraries, more than ever, have become vital connections for implementing new technology-driven practice. Equipped with a variety of resources, including print and non-print media, the library is the natural environment for connecting middle and high-school staff and students with learning technology.

K12 Edition of the Horizon Report

The new 2010 Horizon Report has a focus on K-12 education. It should be no surprise to you that it covers collaboration in some detail. For example, this comes from near the beginning of the book in the trends section:

Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed. Information technologies impact how people work, play, learn, socialize, and collaborate.

This chapter is also relevant. The 2010 Horizon Report that deals with higher education came out in January.

Collaborating with Teaching Faculty

Collaboration between teaching faculty and librarians is fundamental to information literacy.  ACRL’s website  has a resource section on collaboration.  The section includes information on Collaborating with Teaching Faculty:

  • “Collaboration is based on shared goals, a shared vision, and a climate of trust and respect. Each partner brings different strengths and perspectives to the relationship.
  • The teacher brings an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and interests of the students, and of the content to be taught.
  • The librarian adds a thorough knowledge of information skills and methods to integrate them into the course, pedagogical knowledge for teaching these skills and an understanding of student’s frustration with the research process.”

 Articles on K-16 Collaboration are also offered.

Valerie Horton