The current economic crisis has had a drastic impact on both public and school libraries. As budgets shrink, resources become scarcer, and the job of the librarian becomes harder. The conundrum of doing more with less challenges even the most seasoned professionals whose institutions face service cutbacks, disappointed patrons, and possible job eliminations or closures. This book asserts that a collaboration between school and public libraries can effectively serve the needs of two populations—teens and the community at large—while minimizing the cost to do so.
Better Serving Teens through School Library–Public Library Collaborations offers thought-provoking advice and ideas for practical use in real-world libraries. The authors provide step-by-step guidance for those who wish to start, strengthen, or extend a partnership with colleagues at a sister library, covering topics ranging from teen advisory boards and collaborative programs to homework help and professional development. Veterans in the field, as well as beginners, can utilize the wealth of tools within—including worksheets, timelines, and checklists—to leverage the capabilities of other agencies tp fortify both their own and their institutions’ value.
- Offers detailed instructions for initiating a collaborative relationship between public and school libraries
- Explains how to navigate tricky political situations that can arise when trying to please two distinct administrative boards
- Includes practical advice from both school and public perspectives
- Best Practices section offers successful case studies and real-world tested ideas and tips
- What We Wish You Knew! sidebars provide examples of challenges encountered and problems to avoid as well as hints for success