Find out what teachers and students need by:
- asking them 'What can I do with you?' rather than 'What can I do for you?'
- going to briefing, planning or curriculum meetings to listen, learn and share ideas
- using information from surveys, library management systems, observations and assessments.
Start a conversation
Look for opportunities to approach teachers. For example, talk to them:
- when they come into the library with a class, or to make a booking
- at staff or department meetings
- over coffee or during lunch breaks.
You could consider developing short, fun library-based activities involving both students and teachers.
When you first start up a collaboration, seek teachers who are:
- willing to collaborate
- have skills, strengths and influence complementary to your own
- active users of the library
- able to introduce change.
How you and your library can help
School libraries are designed to encourage cross-curricular participation, so they're great environments for collaboration. They're spaces where students, library staff and teachers can work and learn together.
You could offer to:
- provide tools and ideas to support teaching and learning
- share new resources, technologies and programs
- show or promote these to students
- monitor web and print sources of information for teachers' areas of interest, and alert them to these
- help with planning, coaching and evaluating student work.