The AASL/ALSC/YALSA “Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit” was published in early February. I wrote about it on my blog that month. If you so choose, you can access the toolkit or view my summary before participating in the chat.
Tomorrow, April 24th at 8:00 p.m. Central Time, Mara Rosenberg, Natalie Romano, and I will moderate a Twitter chat hosted by #txlchat. Mara, Natalie, and I are members of the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation.
We owe a huge thank-you to #txlchat moderators for giving us this opportunity to use their Twitter channel for the chat.
We will be using these hashtags: #splctoolkit #txlchat #aasl #alsc #yalsa
These are the questions around which we will build our school-public library collaboration conversation. The questions are organized by the toolkit chapters:
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Q1. What advice would you offer to librarians beginning a new partnership w/their counterpart in a school or public library? What steps have aided in the success of your past collaborations?
Chapter 2: Why School-Public Library Partnerships Matter
Q2. How have you collaborated w/your school or public librarian colleague to prevent summer slide/summer reading loss?
Chapter 3: Successful School-Public Library Partnerships
Q3. What does your public/school library collaboration look like during the school year?
Chapter 4: Continuing the Partnerships
Q4. What tools do you use to keep up with your public or school librarian throughout the year? What works well and what could be improved?
Chapter 5: Templates and Additional Resources
Q5. Do you have templates to share that can help others further develop their school-public library #collaboration?
The toolkit process and final product are an example of how the American Library Association sister divisions can work together to create a useful resource for the benefit of all librarians who serve the literacy needs of children, young adults, and families and help co-create empowered literacy communities.
We hope you will join us for the chat and share your ideas and experiences of school-public library collaboration.
Our goal is for you to leave the chat with new ideas and inspiration for starting or strengthening a collaborative conversation with your school or public librarian counterpart who can partner with you to grow literacy in your community.
Link to #splctoolkit #txlchat 4/24 Twitter Chat Archive
Image Credit: Chat graphic created by Sharon Gullett, #txlchat Co-Founder