Started as teen librarian, local school library had flooded, donated a bunch of public library books that they had weeded because they were out of space.
Found had relationship, but no collaboration — when she found Walter Dean Meyers was coming to school the day before he came, could have collaborated because she served more kids than one middle school, didn’t get him to share at PL, w/ entire community, only one school benefited. If had collaborative, not personal relnship, maybe could have worked something out.
Middle schools lacked a lot — only got online catalogs in 2004, some still had card cats.
Question to audience: How you become school librn? Public to school, parent volunteer, social worker…
Not nec. know all services PL can offer.
Serve same clientele — school libs have during day, PLs have at night. Same community. Lots of overlap. Same revenue sources — can save a lot of money by working together/sharing resources.
Instead of thinking “why bother,” start thinking “why not?”
Share info — blogs, wikis, podcasts, youtube, myspace, e-flyers.
Change your thinking — how can I bring in my partner from the PL?
Collaborate on a blog — helps solve crunch in keeping up to date. PL saves you time. Esp if you are alone in your library.
Wikis: Any assignment you use wiki for students, project w/teachers, ref. or research project, curr. dev, bring in PLs. PLs are based on numbers — database hits, ppl in door, program attendance, circ stats — get PL to help, brings kids in, brings their numbers up — incentives for them to help. Up their ref stats.
Curriculum development — want PL collection to align w/ school curriculum — esp. if school libs less well-funded. If you’re kicking around new curriculum, talk to PL about it so they can get resources to support.
Podcasting — new teachers, new books, booktalks by students, by genre, library news, programs, admin. Sit down with PL, make a podcast, say what available for teachers in school library, public libn can talk about what available in PL — teacher cards, etc.
PL if collaborate with you know that they need your support so will be uproar if you are cut.
YouTube — film festival at PL, collab. with schools — vote on scripts, cast, film, and have screening at PL as film festival — winner goes on YouTube. Etc. — happens at PL but disseminated on Web.
MySpace — But what if they post something bad. If concerns — test it out at the PL — they’re not blocked — say want to start a Facebook page, but it’s blocked, make a collaborative blog or Facebook page. Onus off of you but you can contribute, see how it goes, you will have the proof it works.
E-fliers — Cross-promotion of materials. Ex. — school library book fair, need to have it go well.
Sharing our resources
How to stretch $ — share resources with PL. Where she worked before, they spent over $100k on database subscriptions — now offer over 60 databases to any with a library card. Serves several school districts — huge duplication of databases. Why spending tax dollars to duplicate resources? As a taxpayer, why pay twice for same resource? If kids have PL cards, can access anywhere. Think what you could do with the money you save on databases — buy a new database, or buy books.
Vendor in audience — says work with your vendor to work out pricing scheme that reflects overlap in audiences.
Grants, Shared Usage, Non Print Materials
If students have PL cards can access digital audio, other PL resources. Partner on a grant — they love you. Want everyone to collaborate. Have instant partner. Shared usage agreements — cameras, videocameras, PL might have equipment to share for special projects (PLs use most in summer, so can divvy up time).
Audience comment — DC PLs, each school assigned to a library, bookmobiles come, ongoing partnership already — Tasha — SB one everywhere.
Audience comment — She moonlights as community college ref. librarian — highschoolers moving to college, need to talk to each other. If in smaller PL, check to see if cc in area and start cooperation with them.
Audience comment — in her part of NJ, member of school has to be on PL board. Intertwines, learn what’s going on, start to talk more. Hard, because they’re making cuts and she is having to cut some of the public librarians — but also helps board members who don’t understand libraries.
Audience comment — her area — high school, public, hospital, college, elementary libns meet — create synergy, staff development day — Instructional Technology teachers + librarians in same lab learning about databases. Just talking once in a while creates helpful projects.