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Collaboration is a common term in school library conversations but developing collaborative partnerships is not a simple task. The Learning Commons model of school libraries has the student as learner at its heart and collaboration between library staff and the school community as essential elements. It's time to look closely at operating routines, time management and relationships to develop priorities. Much depends on the Head of Library as a professional and committed collaborator.

Collaboration is a common term in school library conversations but developing collaborative partnerships is not a simple task. The Learning Commons model of school libraries has the student as learner at its heart and collaboration between library staff and the school community as essential elements. It's time to look closely at operating routines, time management and relationships to develop priorities. Much depends on the Head of Library as a professional and committed collaborator.

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Collaborative Partnerships: Choosing the right ingredients

  1. 1. Collaborative Partnerships: Choosing the right ingredients Camilla Elliott – Mazenod College Head of Library | eLearning Coordinator School Library Assoc of Victoria Conference 19 August 2016 www.linkingforlearning.com Twitter: @camillaelliott
  2. 2. www.linkingforlearning.com @camillaelliott @slavconnects #slavconf https://todaysmeet.com/SLAVConf Collaborate Today
  3. 3. easy to say – harder to do!
  4. 4. Library as Learning Commons Potentially powerful learning partnerships with a common goal - the student as learner.
  5. 5. Circle of Influence (positive energy) Circle of Concern (negative energy) Source: http://www.hpma.org.uk/node/2350
  6. 6. How principals spend their time Source: https://infogr.am/how-are-principals-spending-their-time
  7. 7. http://bit.ly/SoftlinkSurvey2015
  8. 8. What does your brand say about you? Library visibility – homepage, website Display screens around school – photos Musty, dusty, cluttered? Empowerment of the Library Team Professional attitudes Vision – clearly stated and shared
  9. 9. Collaboration and Advocacy – hand in hand 1. People do things for their reasons, not our reasons 2. Understand, respect and address their reasons 3. Cultivate relationships of credibility and trust Ken Haycock - Successful advocacy is “planned, deliberate and sustained over time”. It is not an emergency response. Source: http://kenhaycock.com/advocacy-and-influence/
  10. 10. Relationships Some matter more than others A+ Decision makers who are not necessarily library users Fellow teachers, parents, students, principals Potential advocates – people who will exercise their influence with decision-makers in support of school libraries Avoid - Habitual moaners who gravitate to the library for a sympathetic ear
  11. 11. Marketing through Collaboration 1. Objective? Clear and measurable? 2. Target group? Who is important? Who is the opinion leader? 3. Strategies? Who are the specific targets? What are their issues? Where and when do they meet? How does one best communicate with them? 4. Most appropriate communication tools for this specific group? Note that this is step # 4 in the process! Too often we start with the tool (brochure; video; celebration day) do the research first. 5. Evaluation: was the objective achieved? Not the activities (we had a very successful meeting) but the result (how could the effort have been successful if funding went down?). Ken Haycock
  12. 12. Influence Be at the table - not on the menu Team Work!
  13. 13. Collaboration requires Preparation What’s our story? Stories, Sound bites, Elevator speeches, Data, data, data!
  14. 14. Achieving Effect Focus on nurturing relationships of credibility and trust Know the research, but don’t expect it has magic without your strategy and behaviour. Realise it is your collaborative behaviours that give life to the research - evidence Adopt a firm conviction that it matters – Believe!
  15. 15. The number one factor in converting a library into a learning commons is the strength and vision of the professional doing the transition. David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin
  16. 16. Camilla Elliott Twitter: @camillaelliott

Notas del editor

  • This presentation will include a lot of questions. You won’t necessarily answer those questions today but you need to be asking them
  • Definition: the action of working with someone to produce something.
    They never come to the library
    Teachers won’t listen to me
    The Principal has no time for me. You be the one to start the communication.
  • Vision of Learning Commons is the student at the heart. This requires partnerships across the board.
  • Stephen Covey leadership principles.
    Take a moment - Who is in your circle of influence / who is in your circle of concern
  • The Principal is your greatest ally – Principals are busy people – Go easy on your Principal
    Take the Principal your problems WITH proposed solutions.
  • Principals control the budget
    How does your budget compare with other schools? Know and understand how your budget shapes up against similar school libraries.

    What do you achieve with your budget?
    Partnerships are essential
  • Whether it be reading, research, a place to hang out, makerspace. Don’t operate in a vacuum.
  • Don’t waste people’s time. What’s in it for them?

  • We are hardwired as story tellers. Have your stories ready. Anecdotes. Images. Be comfortable with your own message.
  • Knowing the research surrounding school libraries is essential if you are to sell you message. Collaborate on social media. Read blogs. Don’t restrict yourself to Australia but realise that Australian school libraries have different staffing protocols to US and Canadian school libraries. Get to understand the place of school libraries in the UK.
    Evidence of all sorts – statistics, photos, reports, anecdotes, events – are important.

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