Successful School/Public Library Collaboration


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Presented by Jessica Lee and Jack Baur at the 2010 CLA/CSLA Joint Conference

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  • We both feel like we are taking advantage of the other. Benefits exceed effort. And we have new friends. 
  • JL: intermittent at BPL.
  • Not a new concept. The two systems have been working together for a long time.
  • Northern Cal.  School/ Pub?
    Southern Cal.  School/Pub?
    Experienced/ novice/ new to collaboration...
  • Overwhelmingly agree…
  • Goal: to create seamless user experience. Bring patrons to the public library and bring services to the patrons.
  • Public:
    Connection with teens
    Makes the teen librarian identifiable
    Improves discipline (teen behavior management) due to established repoire
    Awareness of what is going on in schools.
    For School Librarians:
    Less isolation
    New ideas
    Funds for programming
  • 1st grade:
  • How often do you interact with the other…weekly/ monthly/ annually/ never
    Google docs, facebook, google chat, email, phone calls, text…use ‘em all
  • Great opportunity to sign folks up for library cards. Any time parents are at school.
  • Booklegger, Alameda County program, the public library trains volunteers to booktalk in the schools and to be storytellers.
    Lots of respondents from public libraries indicated that they promoted the summer reading program at schools as part of their collaboration.
  • Origami cranes made at schools, displayed at BPL as the decoration for special event reading of Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes.
  • Public Library cards at school to allow access to databases. Even more powerful if pub. Lib. teaches lesson on database searching.
    Textbooks at reference.
    Books for teachers… extended borrowing privileges. (Not 1 patron, 3think of it as 30 patrons…)
    Facilities, such as hosting an event at the other’s location. (Playreaders at Willard)
    Staffing/ joint groups (friends of BUSD Libraries) Scheduling meetings to allow for participation by schools and libraries.
    Tahoe Truckee USD’s HS seniors tutor senior citizens on computer skills at PL.
  • A simple line, like the Pacific Grove Public Library, is all you need!
    No obvious teacher info: San Diego, LA, Humboldt, Kern
  • The Humboldt County Author Festival -- a biennial event. Authors visit every K - 8 school in the county and on Saturday, the library hosts a book sale and autographing event
    Library in Long Beach hosts a large event for the release of each Harry Potter movie where each school builds a store from Diagon Alley which were then displayed together at the Public Library…
    Teen poetry contest, judged by librarians
  • In some cases, multiple copies of the books can be gotten from the public library, sometimes from grants. Co-hosting eases the burden for both parties.
  • Since 2000, original grant paid for materials, additional funds came later to support staffing
    Other programming: test prep, library card drive
  • Time (so worth the initial investment)
    Giving but feeling like getting nothing in return.
    No library staff at schools or uncooperative/unresponsive staff (connect with someone else)
    No precedent set
  • Successful School/Public Library Collaboration

    1. 1.   Jack Baur: Jessica Lee: Successful School/Public Library Collaboration (How to Make Friends and Take Advantage of People)
    2. 2. Who are we? Willard Middle School
    3. 3. Definition of Collaboration +
    4. 4. Who is here? School Public Library Experience d Novice
    5. 5. Is it important?
    6. 6. •Promoting Information Literacy •Lifelong Learning •A Love of Reading •Programs (FUN!) •Entertainment •Public Reference Desk •Curriculum •Teaching •Supervision
    7. 7. •Visiting is optional •Requires parent’s permission •More resources •Inconvenient location •Unfamiliar environment •Visiting is required •Collection is “age appropriate” •Resources connected to curriculum •Convenient location •Familiar staff and environment •Books •Computers •Shushing people
    8. 8. Patrons •Students •Staff •Parents
    9. 9. Benefits for Users (Patrons, Students)  More diverse library services in the places they are  Additional resources for their education and entertainment  A break in their everyday – makes life exciting!  A personal invitation to (and a friendly face in) an occasionally intimidating place Regular outreach creates a bridge between the two organizations, offering the user a seamless transition between their experiences in each environment.
    10. 10. Benefits to Librarians
    11. 11. School Library Standards 1st grade: Identify the services and resources of the public library (1.3e)  2nd grade: Identify trusted places in the community where students can seek information (e.g., home, school, museums, governmental agencies, public libraries) (1.4a) 6th grade: Use the automated library catalog to locate resources in other libraries and use interlibrary loan, if available (1.3c) Demonstrate use of outside sources for information gathering (e.g., Web sites of public libraries and colleges, online databases) (1.3f)
    12. 12. Frequency of Collaboration
    13. 13. Back-to-School Night Public Librarian + Flyers + Banner = Easy Community Outreach!
    14. 14. Berkeley Public had a 300% increase in participation for its 2010 Teen Summer Reading Program after a year of regular visits to area middle schools! Booktalks and Reading Promotion
    15. 15. Craft Projects
    16. 16. Button Making!
    17. 17. Shared Resources
    18. 18. Bring Students to the Public Library CLASS VISITS: By appointment only. Please call Lisa Maddalena at 648-5760. All ages are welcome!
    19. 19. Author Visits Sharon Draper RebeccaStead
    20. 20. Book Clubs
    21. 21. Earphone English State grant pays for materials and hours for a librarian  
    22. 22. Pitfalls and Problems  
    23. 23. Helpful Tips  (Refer to Handout)   Jack Baur: Jessica Lee: Hosted by BAYA: Bay Area Young Adult Librarians