I started writing this post in October 2015; finally published August 2016.
Once upon a time some librarian colleagues and I presented a program at our state conference talking about how public, school, and academic libraries can and should work together. We formatted it as a game show–The Dating Game, obviously–and had different librarians ask their counterparts what they could do for them, and talked about what they could offer.
It was a fun program and an incredible conversation.
As you can see from the above graphic, library users use multiple libraries in their lifetime, and multiple departments within each library. Just as a well functioning public library has collaboration with children’s, teens, and adult departments, so should the public library collaborate with school and academic libraries, and vice-versa.
Here’s some of my favorite sources on this subject. Let me know what you think.
NYC Public and School Libraries MYLibrary NYC Program
Teach More, Librarian Less
Libraries and English Language Learners
Good School Libraries Bring Stronger Learning
Study Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success
Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian
How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program
It Takes Two: The Need for Tighter Collaboration Between School and Public Librarians
Partners in Success: When school and public librarians join forces, kids win
We Need Tag-Team Librarianship: Active collaboration between public and school librarians benefits all
The Public Library Connection: The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together
School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field
A School and Public Librarian Find Common Ground on the Common Core
Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS
School and Academic Librarians Must Join Forces to Foster College Readiness
Factors Affecting Students’ Information Literacy as They Transition from High School to College
Informed Transitions: High School Outreach Program at Kent State
Community Collaborations: Librarians Teach High School Students
Academic Library Research Visits for High School Students