Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Pubic Libraries, by Tasha Squires. In the new book, young adult library consultant Squires demonstrates a range of ways in which school and public libraries can create mutually beneficial relationships.
According to Library Journal’s 2009 Budget Survey, most libraries are anticipating and preparing for budget cuts during this fiscal year. This means that libraries and librarians are facing the task of doing more with fewer resources. In Library Partnerships, Squires offers practical strategies for school and public librarians to appreciate, communicate, and build on the benefits of public/school library relationships in order to make the most of tight budgets, create resource rich environments, and promote the development of lifelong learners.
For public and school librarians to reap the benefits of working together, they must embrace one of Squires’s core principles: collaboration. "While we all know what collaboration is, and we know that we are supposed to be doing it, we don’t always find the time for the one type of collaboration for promoting literacy in the youth we serve: collaboration between school and public libraries," Squires said. "This is a disservice to the youth we worry about night and day, trying always to increase their desire to read, learn, and grow, both within and outside our library walls."
Library Partnerships includes the following chapters:
1. Relationships Take Work
2. Partnership Basics
3. Changing Seasons
4. After-School Blues
5. From Basic to Bravo!
6. Using Technology to Partner
7. Resource Sharing
9. Garnering Support
10. Keeping it Going
In addition to the Foreword by Gail Bush, Library Partnerships features an Introduction by the author, interviews with school and public librarians who are currently involved in collaboration efforts, numerous helpful sidebars, a recommended reading list, and an index.
Author Tasha Squires currently works as a young adult consultant for the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District in Shorewood, Illinois, collaborating on programs for teens while completing her certification as a school library media specialist. Tasha holds an MLIS from Dominican University.
Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Pubic Libraries (224 pp/softbound/$39.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-362-8) is published by Information Today, Inc. It is available in bookstores and direct from the publisher by calling (800) 300-9868 [outside the U.S., call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; emailing email@example.com ; or visiting the ITI websites.
Source: Information Today, Inc., www.infotoday.com