Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Collaborating with Administrators and Educational Support Staff

Farmer, Lesley S. J. Collaborating with Administrators and Educational
Support Staff
. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2007. Print. ISBN: 1-55570-572-3

This book was positively reviewed in School Library Journal (8/08), VOYA (10/07), and Booklist (7/07). The format is clear and logical, the writing is straightforward, and the author offers much about how to collaborate and how to evaluate the impact of collaborations. -- Jen

From the Publisher's Description:
Who stands at the hub of today ’s learning community? In many instances, it’s you, the library media specialist. Why? Because you work with students and teachers across all curricula, at all grade and ability levels, and across all subjects. This unique new resource gives you proven, practical techniques and strategies for reaching out to faculty and students …and then goes further to give you valuable suggestions for reaching out to other educational service providers, such as reading specialists, special education teachers, counselors, technology staff, and principals and other administrators. This breakthrough resource provides:

• An overview of how schools work--and how the media specialist fits into the larger organization
• The fundamentals of collaboration
• Tips for working with multiple levels of administrators
• Successful collaboration ideas for use with administrators, service personnel, school counselors, technology staff, pupil services staff, PE instructors, and those educators involved in co-curricular activities such as athletics, debate, science fairs, and more
• Techniques for assessing the effects of collaboration on student success, literacy, school impact, and more
• Advice for becoming a collaborative leader