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Let’s Get Together Thursday (Collaboration) February 6, 2014

Posted by Karin Perry in Check this out!.
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Each week, Let’s Get Together Thursday will focus on some aspect of Collaboration. School librarians already know the importance of working with teachers, students, and parents, but unfortunately, those people don’t necessarily know about the importance of working with us.

In the ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2010) Standard 1: Teaching for Learning includes:

1.3 Instructional partner – Candidates model, share, and promote effective principles of teaching and learning as collaborative partners with other educators. Candidates acknowledge the importance of participating in curriculum development, of engaging in school improvement processes, and of offering professional development to other educators as it relates to library and information use.

So, how do you encourage collaboration with the teachers in your building? In 2010, Sophie Brookover posted an article on the YALSA Blog with some Teacher-Librarian Collaboration Tools. Even though this article is over three years old, all the ideas are still very applicable. Be sure to take a look at the article and try out some of the tips and then come back and report back as to its effectiveness.

Do you have any surefire collaboration tips? If so, please share them in the comments section.


1. V. Edwards - February 6, 2014

I never leave a dept/team meeting without volunteering for a share of the workload on whatever project is being discussed.

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2. Karin Perry - February 14, 2014

That is a great way to become a part of the team.

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