Category Archives: school collaboration

Collaboration between school librarians and STEM teachers

This is a recent Masters thesis by Janet Bader at the University of Central Missouri.

Strengthening the connection between the school library and math and science

There is a need to increase student achievement and career entry in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This paper is a review of the literature regarding the lack of existing collaboration between school librarians and math and science teachers and methods to increase this collaboration in order to increase student achievement in these areas. Results of the review indicate that when a collaborative relationship exists between school librarians and math and science teachers, student achievement improves.

Ideas for collaboration between public libraries and K-12 schools

This looks like a good article.

Collaboration Ideas for K-12 School and Public Libraries in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly.

The author notes that “after working for more than 15 years in a public library program that collaborates with schools, I’ve found lots of ways for school and public libraries to work together.”

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.

Pittsburgh public schools and public libraries work together on a literacy initiative

This looks like a nice collaborative effort.

Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library

Public libraries have long supported the literacy goals of public schools in their communities by providing access to printed and electronic resources that enhance learning and teaching. This article describes an ongoing collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s BLAST outreach program and the Pittsburgh Public Schools that has positively impacted thousands of students by increasing access to library resources while also emphasizing vocabulary, text-based discussion, and writing using both fiction and informational texts. This program can serve as a model for similar community partnerships that have the potential to enrich the literacy lives of students.

Recommended Citation

Genest, Maria T. (2014) “Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library,” Reading Horizons: Vol. 53: Iss. 1, Article 4.
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School and public library collaboration in Georgia

This looks like a good collaborative effort.

McClure, Janell (2014) “Georgia Library Spotlight – Cobb County School District and Cobb County Public Library Collaboration,” Georgia Library Quarterly: Vol. 51: Iss. 1, Article 4.

“The two groups chose to adopt the same program ‘theme’ in an effort to maintain a consistent message among school and library patrons.”

Article in the School Library Monthly

This article just came out in the new issue of the School Library Monthly, Volume XXX, Number 6/March 2014.

Leadership: Collaboration for Summer Reading” (PDF)

Many school librarians and administrators have often wondered why the vast and various resources housed in the physical space of the library are not available to students and families during school breaks and the summer months. For many children and youth, the school library is the closest and most familiar (and free!) provider of reading material for independent reading. Whether they are seeking books and magazines for pleasure reading or to answer their questions and gain specific knowledge, the school library is their resource and the school librarian is their go-to person. In most districts across the United States, however, school libraries are closed for the summer and are shuttered over for fall, winter, and spring breaks.