Public Schools and Public Libraries: Collaboration in Building High Use Collections
Going deeper • Three different collaborative models • Reading habits • Collection development tools and strategies
• Benefits of collaboration • What these librarians wish wholesalers and publishers knew (handout!)
Meet the experts • Katie Cerqua, Youth & Family Services Manager at Virginia Beach Public Library • Rachel Reinwald, Librarian Liaison, Lake Villa District Library • Amie Wright, MyLibraryNYC Manager, New York Public Library
Meet Virginia Beach Public Library Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) has 11 locations including a joint-use library with Tidewater Community College, a law library, and a bookmobile for early literacy outreach.
City of Virginia Beach • Largest city in Virginia • Population of 452,745 in 2015 • Over 12,000 Active-duty military personnel
• 56 elementary, 14 middle, and 11 high schools. Student enrollment 68,000+ annually.
VBPL Collaborations • Summer Slide Program with VBCPS Title I Schools • Early Literacy Outreach Service
Meet Lake Villa District Library Population: 8,741 5 elementary schools 2 middle schools 3 high schools 1 librarian/HS + district librarian at MS. ES PT library aides only. $18,000 youth non-fiction budget $300 teaching collection budget
2nd Grade Field Trip • • • • •
Annually All 2nd grade classes Library backstage tour Library lesson Each student gets to check out 3 books (no fines) • Library card drive (all students receive library card application)
Battle of the Books • 5th-8th grade • Cross-districts • Competition at middle school auditorium • Teacher teams play against student teams • Booktalked books with school librarians • Practice 1x/mo. at LVDL 2017 – 50 students
Meet mylibrarynyc! Amie Wright Manager School Outreach @mylibrarynyc
MyLibraryNYC Background - Program is in its 6th yr at NYPL; 5th yr citywide - Tri-Li Partner w/ DOE Office of Library Services - 500+ schools citywide in all 5 boroughs Key Assumptions - School Librarian as Program Lead in schools - Library as a known community partner - Core curricular support for school libraries through library cards and collections
MyLibraryNYC Lessons Learned Key Assumptions
School Librarian as program lead
Each school has multiple STAKEHOLDERS
Library is a known community partner/commodity
ELEVATOR SPEECHES are NECESSARY to expose breadth
Core curricular support through Library Cards & Collections
Most ‘valuable’ OUTREACH differs + No unified curriculum in NYC = ongoing COLLABORATION
Benefits of Collaboration
100,000+ Items for PreK-12
“It has allowed me to bring interesting and diverse literature and materials into my classroom.”
30-40% More teen borrowing on MyLibraryNYC library cards
15% More juvenile borrowing on MyLibraryNYC library cards
Reading Habits • Reading for pleasure & reading for school • Types of books (trade, educational material, etc.) • Collection support • Curriculum mapping
Comics They are in the NYC Curriculum - for real.
Teenage Superhero “Never tell anybody about this, ever” “Sorry, I’ve already Pictogrammed this whole sad episode” -Ms. Marvel Vol. 2, issue 7, p. 10
So, what did we learn..?
No assumptions – and look for inspiration in unexpected places
Youth Nonfiction Circulation 2016 Format: Picture Book, Beginning Reader, and Youth Dewey Call Number (500) Natural sciences & mathematics (600) Technology (Applied sciences) (900) Geography & history (300) Social sciences (700) The Arts (800) Literature & rhetoric (000) Generalities (400) Language (200) Religion (100) Philosophy & psychology
TOTAL 60,434 22,598 15,758 14,208 13,435 3,986 3,141 1,996 1,854 1,819
Title 1 Summer Program Partnership •
VBPL’s youth librarians, in collaboration with the Title I staff, provided interactive literacy and STEAM based programming weekly
The schools’ libraries and computer labs were open to students and their families at least once a week
Students registered and participate online using Evanced Summer Reader software in VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge
In addition to books provided throughout the year, Title I students received an additional 6-8 books from VB Title I Central Office to keep them reading over the summer break
Summer 2015 was year 3 of the program
Library Smarts • Library lessons to match curriculum • Non-fiction text features and landforms • Databases and plant needs, etc…
More School Services • Teacher bookbags • Teaching collection • Teacher continuing education workshops • Listening kits
Tools and Resources for Collection Development
Collection Support for Early Childhood Providers
Curriculum Mapping for Collection Development • “A curriculum map is a visual picture of the
subjects and skills taught during a school year.” Charlotte Vlasis (from Curriculum Connections Through the Library, Libraries Unlimited)
Why Make a Curriculum Map? • Ideally, your curriculum map should match your library collection. • Public libraries will have a wider reading level range for public use. • A map that doesn’t match the collection identifies collection holes.
What We Own
Analyzing Our Collection • Also looked up each individual landform: mountains, valleys, canyons, plains, islands, peninsulas, caves, etc… • Looked up quick/slow changes to land (mostly in the disaster section, i.e. earthquakes). – Ex: There are not a lot of great books on erosion out there and they are too difficult for 2nd graders to read.
• How many are at 2nd grade level? • Are there any other grades that study landforms?
Reliable Resources for Title Inspiration • • • • • • • • • • • • •
ALSC Sibert nonfiction award YALSA nonfiction award YALSA Quick Picks Reluctant Readers YALSA Best Audiobooks NSTA picks NCTE picks NYC DOE Social Studies trade book list NYC Teachers College lists – recommended curriculum NYPL lists Bank Street Teachers College lists – recommended curriculum Our own ‘Best of..’ lists from NYPL, Bklyn, and Queens NYC Reads 365 – the NYC DOE independent reading program Our teachers, students, and librarians
The Wish List see handout for 20+ suggestions • • • • • • •
Updated country books Mental health issues Graphic nonfiction Updated health books Books on malnutrition Books on social/emotional topics Longer biographies on the 6th-8th grade level
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Sensitivity to images showing quickly outdated technology Updated books on political systems Descriptive rather than prescriptive metadata And much more!
Questions? Questions? Questions?