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School Libraries and Students with Special Needs
Collaborative Models to Reach All Learners
by Karla Bame Collins
April 2024, 180pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7851-0
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Personal experiences inform the author’s suggestions for collaborating with school specialists to address the needs of all students.

Together, librarians and specialists can create experiences to reach all learners in their buildings, including those with special needs.

While school librarians are experts at collaborating with classroom teachers, too often they overlook the specialists in their buildings as key collaborative partners.

Focusing on the many specialists who work with students, Karla Bame Collins provides information about their roles and responsibilities and discusses how school librarians can collaborate to improve learning for all students, including those with hidden disabilities that are not easily detected and may go undiagnosed. Because librarians work with every student, but may not always be informed about each student’s particular needs, it’s important for them to know whom in the school to turn to for information. Librarians will gain ideas for working with students to provide the best possible learning environment for each.

This practical book looks at the whole school library environment—collection, instruction, space, and programming—and offers many ideas for librarians to collaborate with other educators and specialists for the good of all students.


  • Offers ideas for collaboration beyond classroom teachers
  • Introduces the roles and responsibilities of various specialists in a school building
  • Includes strategies for working with all students, including those with hidden disabilities
  • Provides ideas for adapting lessons and library spaces for a variety of needs
  • Shares other librarians' successes and failures
Karla Bame Collins is an associate professor in the school librarianship program at Longwood University. She has been a school librarian at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Collins has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with a minor in library science, a master's degree in elementary teaching, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction. In 2019, she was named Virginia School Library Educator of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians. She has written many articles for practitioner and research journals and regularly presents at state, national, and international conferences.
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