The Networked Librarian: The School Librarian's Role in Fostering Connections, Collaboration and Co-creation Across the Community

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$39.59
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Item Number
978-1-78330-620-6
Published
2024
Publisher
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages
222
Width
6"
Height
9"
Format
Softcover

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School librarians need to engage with their staff and community to help define their role, raise their profile and make a real impact. Whether you’re working alone in a school library, a team member or a leader you’ll find practical advice about building these important business relationships in this book by library and education consultant Sarah Pavey.

Starting with the basics of what constitutes a team, The Networked Librarian gives an overview of the theory of group dynamics, change management, and effective communication set within a school library context. Chapters address common issues such as dealing with difficult people, collaborating with teachers, and working with parents to give school librarians the tools needed to be a key part of the school community. It also delves into how team working can enhance motivation, the development of self-esteem, and how to deal with more challenging situations for amicable resolution.

Introduction

Acknowledgements

  1. Understanding the dynamics of working relationships

    Defining teams Preparing to work as a team in practice Applying theoretical models in practice

  2. Working through change

    Adapting to change

    Change curve

    Implementing change

  3. Communication

    Choosing the correct communication channel

    Encoding and decoding

    Verbal communication

    Tone of voice and listening skills

    Body language

    Cultural differences

    Understanding the dynamics of conversation

    Communication styles

  4. Dealing with difficult people

    What is challenging behaviour and why does it arise?

    Working through conflict

    Managing a difficult meeting

    Being assertive

  5. Librarians as leaders

    What is leadership?

    Why is leadership important?

    Leadership in practice

    Leading a library team

    Leading other teams

  6. Working with students

    Adapting communication style for student interaction

    Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment

    Working with student library helpers

    Behaviour management

  7. Working with teachers

    Why is collaboration with teaching staff important?

    Overcoming barriers to collaboration with teachers

    Teacher-librarian collaboration in practice

  8. Working with senior leaders, school governors and the inspection team

    Senior leadership teams

    School governors

    School inspectors

  9. Working with parents, guardians and carers

    Why is it important to work with parents, guardians, and carers?

    How can we be involved with parents, guardians, and carers?

    Parents as volunteers

    Parents as advocates

    How can we communicate with parents?

    Dealing with difficult parents

    Effective parent teams

  10. Working other members of the school community

    Working with support staff for student achievement and wellbeing

    Working with support staff for effective library management

  11. Building networks

    Competencies for networking

    Creating networks within our schools

    Creating and using external networks

Sarah Pavey

Sarah Pavey has worked as a school librarian for over 20 years and is founder of education training company and consultancy SP4IL. She holds degrees in biochemistry and information science and is an established author and regular speaker at conferences for school libraries as well as wider education issues. Sarah is a Fellow of CILIP and the Royal Society of Arts and works with the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) in the field of adult education. Her training courses, both home and abroad, on a range of topics including playful learning, are practical and acclaimed for being rooted in theory.