Monday Means Advocacy: Partnerships July 28, 2014Posted by Deanna Harris in Advocacy, Check this out!.
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A partnership is an arrangement in which parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. (Wikipedia)
Public library partnership – In a research study on the public library-school library connection, the successful relationship between the two partners shows the positive impact to education reform and student achievement. Working together, the public and school libraries can form networks for resource sharing, develop complementary collections, provide information services and instruction, and encourage reading and literacy.
Civic organization partnerships – Partnerships between school libraries and civic organizations benefit students, teachers, and parents. Many civic organizations support literacy programs with funding and through mentoring and tutoring. Civic organizations can assist with speakers and training to support teachers and parents.
Business partnerships – Depending on the particular needs or theme (arts, STEM, technology, etc.) of your school, community business partnerships can enhance your school library program and the entire school. For example, school libraries in STEM schools can partner with businesses such as SAS, BASF and Red Hat to provide insight into science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, supporting the school’s STEM initiatives through funding, resources, speakers, mentoring, instruction and presentations.
What partnerships have you created between your school library and businesses or community organizations? How will forming partnerships with these groups benefit your school library?