The Networked Librarian: The School Librarian's Role in Fostering Connections, Collaboration and Co-creation Across the Community
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- Table of Contents
- About the author
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.
Understanding the dynamics of working relationships
Defining teams Preparing to work as a team in practice Applying theoretical models in practice
Working through change
Adapting to change
Choosing the correct communication channel
Encoding and decoding
Tone of voice and listening skills
Understanding the dynamics of conversation
Dealing with difficult people
What is challenging behaviour and why does it arise?
Working through conflict
Managing a difficult meeting
Librarians as leaders
What is leadership?
Why is leadership important?
Leadership in practice
Leading a library team
Leading other teams
Working with students
Adapting communication style for student interaction
Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment
Working with student library helpers
Working with teachers
Why is collaboration with teaching staff important?
Overcoming barriers to collaboration with teachers
Teacher-librarian collaboration in practice
Working with senior leaders, school governors and the inspection team
Senior leadership teams
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
Working other members of the school community
Working with support staff for student achievement and wellbeing
Working with support staff for effective library management
Competencies for networking
Creating networks within our schools
Creating and using external networks
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.