ERIC Number: EJ779145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Don't Hesitate, Just Collaborate!
Burk, Lynne F.
Library Media Connection, v26 n3 p40-41 Nov-Dec 2007
The over-riding goals of a quality school-library program are to "collaborate" with teachers, administrators, parents, and students; to "support" building and district initiatives; and to "integrate" the teaching of literature, information literacy, and technology skills into the subject-area curricula. Numerous studies since the 1990s, as well as personal experience, confirm a belief that collaboration with classroom teachers supports active and engaged learning, differentiates instruction, facilitates the use of a variety of resources, and ultimately influences student achievement. But, all too often, library media specialists read or hear about elaborate collaborative projects involving intensive planning between teachers and librarians, or involving protracted time frames, and are left with the feeling that accomplishing similar achievements is almost impossible. However, effective school library media specialists must demonstrate that they understand these challenges, know the curriculum, and are familiar with the benchmark objectives students must master. This article presents ten tips on how to develop a seamless pattern of collaboration with the classroom teachers across a variety of curriculum areas.
Descriptors: Cooperation, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Information Literacy, Library Services, Cooperative Planning, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Guides
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
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Audience: Media Staff
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