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ERIC Number: EJ869025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Collaboration in the School Social Network
Schultz-Jones, Barbara
Knowledge Quest, v37 n4 p20-25 Mar-Apr 2009
Social networks are fundamental to all people. Their social network describes how they are connected to others: close relationships, peripheral relationships, and those relationships that help connect them to other people, events, or things. As information specialists, school librarians develop a multidimensional social network that enables them to build a presence within the school learning community, and connect others to information services and resources. How these networks operate was the subject of a recent pilot study of the collaboration networks of five school library media specialists (SLMSs) in north Texas. This article presents the results of the pilot study which indicate that while establishing and maintaining a social network within the school environment is fundamental to the position of a school library media specialist, the network varies in frequency and level of collaboration regardless of the length of service as an SLMS. This article discusses four major themes that emerged from this research, all related to the use of the network structure in the context of the school learning environment. The four major themes are: (1) Social capital; (2) Who's in your Fave 5?; (3) Strategic groups; and (4) Professional learning communities. (Contains 10 figures.)
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas