Coordination and Cooperation For school library paraprofessionals

What do we know about Alaska's School Library staff?

The best library lessons are not taught in a "vacuum".

The best lessons use the context of what a student has begun to learn in the classroom...

What students learn in the library are INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS that connect them to content, critical thinking, and a love of lifelong learning.

... And this requires coordination, cooperation,and collaboration.

The 3Cs: Levels of Teacher and Librarian Interaction.

Mr. Brown’s social studies classes are working on an American history research paper...

0. No Communication

Mr. Brown’s classes come to the library with no notice.

Students check out Civil War books and leave.

1. Coordination

Mr. Brown signs up for time in the library on your calendar.

You gather the Civil War books he wants on a book cart.

2. Cooperation

You and Mr. Brown schedule the library and talk about the goals of the project.

You point out appropriate books in the library and briefly talk about some reference books.

You demonstrate a few history websites you think would help.

Along with Mr. Brown, you walk around the library when students are working to help answer questions.

3. Collaboration

You are aware this project will be happening weeks in advance.

You listen to his objectives for the assignment and understand the standards.

You suggest an inquiry-based approach to the project and suggest using a digital interactive product instead of a paper.

You co-teach several of the classes and introduce what primary sources are and where to find them online.

You demonstrate appropriate databases and how to search through them effectively.

You introduce several digital content websites that students can choose from to create their final product.

You both assess student products and debrief the lesson when it's complete.

Effective school librarians are constantly working at multiple levels of the 3Cs, depending on the teacher, subject, and priorities.

For certified school librarians, collaboration is always the goal, but not necessarily appropriate or possible for every lesson.

As a paraprofessional, where do you want to be? Where have you been?

Reflecting on your own practice...

What do students NEED TO KNOW about the library?

What are you doing to take library time beyond "fun"?

Are your activities related and relevant?

With a partner or two: Describe your daily/weekly schedule...

2 minutes.

... and Identify at least one teacher you can cooperate with.

What content does this teacher teach?How could your cooperation help students?

4 minutes.

How can you succeed at going from stand-alone lessons to cooperation?

6 minutes.

What obstacles do you foresee in the way of collaboration and more effective lessons?

2 minutes

What do you say to that?

"You're a paraprofessional, you're not expected/allowed to teach."
"Students are sent to the library so that teachers can get their prep."
"We only have time to checkout books."
"We've got everything we need in the classroom."
"My students already know how to do research."
"I don't need anyone else observing my teaching"

What Collaborative Culture Looks Like...

What Can I Do Day-to-Day?

View information literacy as necessary to student success.

Communicate that fact to others.

Review the standards. Know the curriculum.

Know what's being taught, and when. If you find out after the fact, put it on a calendar for next year.

Talk to your administration about what you hope to accomplish and why.

Ask for 10-15 minutes of PD time. Every Month.


Others might not know what you are capable of offering them.

Be proactive.

Don't wait for others to come to you.

Don't make assumptions based on subject areas.

Listen and respond to the teachers' objectives.

Your objectives will follow.

Take "No" for an answer.

Some teachers are simply not ready to collaborate.

Find at least one teacher, every year, who does want your help.

Make your cooperation an example that other teachers will want to follow.

Don’t expect overnight results, but do work on it everyday.

Continue your education and professional development.

What to Do When It's Just Not Working...

Or "Library Guerrilla Tactics"

Use "non-instructional" to your advantage.
Always be observing.
Students make great informants.
In the absence of the 3C's, make connections.
Try not to step on toes, but if you do, use it to start a conversation.

If you're in this room, you're making an effort...

...What can we do for those who aren't?

Know your resources!

Your job isn't to know all the answers.

Your job is to know where to find them.

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