Librarians and Educators Collaborating for Success

The International Perspective

by Marcia A. Mardis, Editor


Librarians and teachers worldwide are devising collaborations that boost student achievement—best practices that could be successfully emulated in your library or school.

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December 2016

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 323
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
  Librarian's Instructional Role/General

The first in the IASL-Libraries Unlimited partnership series, this book features contributions written by authors from around the world about their effective collaboration experiences.

Collaboration between teachers and school librarians is a topic that is often discussed in the quest for educational excellence, but the international perspective is something that is rarely explored. This text documents the collaboration endeavors in international school libraries and—drawing upon research and direct experience—demonstrates effective collaboration experiences in a range of countries. It also features selected brief case studies as well as several original essays on the topic of collaboration between teachers and teacher librarians in curriculum planning.

The result of a joint effort between Libraries Unlimited and the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL), this book shows how collaboration with teachers looks in the international arena. It addresses topics such as collaborating for success with student searching, the roles of librarians and teachers in the research process, principal involvement, information literacy, inquiry-based learning, use of digital resources, models of collaboration for diversity, and evaluation of collaboration. Additionally, the current research findings presented will offer readers new insights into their profession.


  • Presents stellar programs rooted in research that readers can emulate in their schools
  • Provides a broad, international perspective on how to achieve effective collaborations that boost student achievement
  • Establishes a global perspective on the role of libraries in education and elevates the status of librarians
  • Covers topics of global interest that apply to all age levels
Author Info

Marcia A. Mardis is associate professor at Florida State University's School of Information, where she directs activities relating to school librarianship and technology leadership. With research that also includes broadband, digital libraries, data mining, and STEM learning, Mardis leads national and international initiatives to empower school librarians and libraries with technology and 21st-century learning. Her most recent book is Libraries Unlimited's The Collection's at the Core: Revitalize Your Library with Innovative Resources.



"This excellent book is the first in a series focusing on international perspectives of school libraries. A joint initiative of Libraries Unlimited and the IASL Publications Advisory Committee, the purpose is to review the finest global research on teacher-librarian collaboration and to provide evidence of teacher-librarian collaboration with teachers. Best practices for uptake in other libraries and schools and an international viewpoint on the role of school libraries are established, as part of collaborative cultures from which students benefit and learn. . . . The depth and breadth of the fifteen research articles and five section overviews are certainly impressive in their comprehensive and detailed nature. The text is duly scholarly and academic; global in scope and written by a stunning array of practitioners and research contributors. Librarians and Educators Collaborating for Success: The International Perspective is an outstanding compendium of research on teacher-librarian collaboration. The profession can look forward to other titles in the series, as this first title is exemplary."Synergy

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