It's Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration

Both schools and public libraries have the same goal to help people become lifelong learners and effective and efficient users of information. There are many mutual benefits of collaborating with your area public schools. You already have the same audience. Why don't you reach them more effectively and benefit all involved? We will look at past successful collaborations. You will have a toolkit of sample forms to help you reach out to your fellow school district and/or public library.

This is a six-week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of April 4, 2016.

Learning Outcomes

This course will help participants:
  • Show the benefits of collaboration to your local school board
  • Initially make contact with teachers about your services
  • See different services your library can offer the schools
  • Use the schools' reach can help you market your library programs and circulate more books

Who Should Attend

Public librarians and school librarians who want to find ways to work together.

Instructor

Rachel Reinwald is the School Liaison / Youth Services Librarian at Lake Villa District Library. She serves school district 41, 34, 24, one private K-8 school, and several preschools. She has a Secondary English teaching certificate as well as a K-12 School Library Media teaching certificate, and an MLIS. She reviews youth audio for Booklist magazine and also does freelance writing. She blogs at www.litlaughlearn.com (which will launch in May 2015).

Registration

Cost

Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet connection, web browser.

Credits

A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

Contact

If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Rachel Reinwald.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.