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School and Public Library Collaboration Resources

2010 February 9
by Thea Blair

Here in LD, we’re seeing many learning opportunities on the topic of school and public library collaborations.  Following are some of your options:

For Readers

  • Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries by Tasha Squires is a book released in 2010.  Texans can borrow this book from our Library Science Collection.  Just drop a line to Anne (In Texas toll-free at 800-252-9386) and she can get it to you or put you on the list to get it soon.
  • “It’s all about the Kids: Public and School Libraries Collaborate for Kids” by Leigh Ann Jones and Mayra Díaz, Texas Library Journal, Winter 2009, p. 122.  View the Winter 2009 issue online.  This article discusses the partnership between Frisco Public Library and Frisco ISD.
  • ALA/ALSC’s online resources on School and Public Library Cooperative Programs are based on practice.  Their online form allows everyone to contribute partnership examples in areas such as public library visits to schools, library card campaigns, tutoring, etc.  Reference websites and contacts are also included should you need additional information directly from the contributor.

For an Overview

  • The Texas Library Association is sponsoring a webinar called It’s All About the Kids: Public and School Libraries Collaborate for Kids on March 1, 2010 from 3:30-4:30 central time.  The webinar is free to both TLA members and non-members, though you do need to register.  View additional info on this event.

For More In-Depth

  • Take our online course called LD502 Everyone Wins: When Schools and Libraries Cooperate course in Moodle.  This course is self-paced with moderation and feedback provided by Christine McNew, our Youth Services Consultant here in LD.  This course runs through March 15, 2010.  There is also a national version for those that do not live in Texas.  Get an idea of what a Moodle course looks like, here.

On Your Own

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