3. Library Staff Teaching Activities: Collaboration

The second group of activities that emerged to be correlated with each other represents the collaboration of librarians with teachers. In this role, the librarian exercises different aspects of teaching, typically targeted at or in collaboration with teachers and other school staff.

3.1 Elementary School Libraries

Four variables describing teaching activities involving librarians emerged at the elementary school level. These activities involved the librarian or library staff in:

  • Planning instructional units with teachers
  • Teaching cooperatively with teachers
  • Providing training to teachers
  • Assisting teachers in accessing and using information about state funded programs related to reading.

Although the correlation coefficients between the variables were significant, they were fairly low.

Table IV.7 - Bivariate Correlation Coefficients for Time Spent on Collaboration-Teaching Activities by Elementary School Library Staff
Pearson


Correlation (r)


Significance (p)


Number (n)
Planning Instructional Units with Teachers Teaching Cooperatively with Teachers Providing Staff Development to Teachers Assisting Teachers to Access and Utilize Information on State-Funded Programs
Planning instructional units with teachers 1.000


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Teaching cooperatively with teachers .334


.000


261
1.000


---
Providing staff development to teachers .243


.000


261
.137


.013


261
1.000


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Assisting teachers to access and utilize information on state-funded programs .253


.000


261
.209


.000


261
.164


.004


261
1.000


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3.2 Middle/Junior High School Libraries

The collaborative role of the librarian with teachers also emerged at the middle/junior high school level with the same set of variables. The bivariate correlation coefficients computed at the middle/junior high school level were higher than at the elementary school level, pointing to an increased importance of this role at the middle/junior high school level.

Table IV.8 - Bivariate Correlation Coefficients for Time Spent on Collaboration-Teaching Activities by Middle/Junior High School Library Staff
Pearson Correlation (r)


Significance (p)


Number (n)
Planning Instructional Units with Teachers Teaching Cooperatively with Teachers Providing Staff Development to Teachers Assisting Teachers to Access and Utilize Information on State-Funded Programs
Planning instructional units with teachers 1.000


---
Teaching cooperatively with teachers .413


.000


102
1.000


---
Providing staff development to teachers .335


.000


102
.217


.014


102
1.000


---
Assisting teachers to access and utilize information on state-funded programs .288


.002


102
.274


.003


102
.346


.000


102
1.000


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3.3 High School Libraries

At the high school level, six activities representing librarian collaboration with teachers were identified as significant. These included:

  • Planning instructional units with teachers
  • Teaching cooperatively with teachers
  • Providing training to teachers
  • Providing information skills instruction to individuals or groups
  • Identifying materials for instructional units developed by teachers
  • Serving on curriculum committees

At the high school level, the collaborative-teaching role of the librarian is greatly expanded. In a teaching role, the high school librarian not only plans instructional units with teachers but also identifies materials for instruction. Furthermore, the high school librarian not only teaches cooperatively with teachers and trains them but also teaches information skills to students. The librarian's role in teaching information skills has been expanded with the integration of technology into schools. As libraries turned into centers of technology, librarians have become the most expert staff on information technology, training both teachers and students in technology-related information access and research techniques.

Table IV.9 - Bivariate Correlation Coefficients for Time Spent on Collaboration-Teaching Activities by High School Library Staff
Pearson Correlation (r)


Significance (p)


Number (n)
Planning Instructional Units with Teachers Teaching Cooperatively with Teachers Providing Staff Development to Teachers Identifying Materials for Instructional Units Teaching Information Literacy to Students Serving on Curriculum Committee
Planning instructional units with teachers 1.000


---
Teaching cooperatively with teachers .282


.001


125
1.000


---
Providing staff development to teachers .387


.000


125
.170


.029


125
1.000


---
Identifying materials for instructional units .156


.041


125
.205


.011


125
.185


.019


125
1.000


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Providing information skills instruction to individuals or groups .220


.007


125
.220


.007


125
.188


.018


125
.394


.000


125
1.000


---
Serving on curriculum committees .313


.000


125
.179


.023


125
.343


.000


125
.286


.001


125
.236


.004


125
1.000


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