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

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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.

The role of the school librarian is varied, extending far beyond resource management and collection curation to include collaboration and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders for both curriculum support and leisure time. Whether working individually, as part of a library team, or as part of a broader team within the school, local or global community, building and maintaining relationships has become an essential skill. The Networked Librarian is an invaluable guide to working effectively with the whole school and beyond. Bringing together the author's extensive experience in school libraries and education, it provides a means for school librarians to engage with their communities to create real impact.

The book delves into how team working can enhance motivation, the development of self-esteem, and how to deal with more challenging situations for amicable resolution. Consideration is also given to how networking can be used to promote library resources and services for impact, whether that is within school or in the local or global community. Overall, this book demonstrates the importance of creating networks to underpin practical applications of forming connections, collaborating with colleagues and co-creating and developing ideas to enhance the school library services.



  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.