Collaboration and the Flexible Library Schedule
Flexible scheduling in the library means that the library is open to students and staff all day, every day of the week, not just one time per week. Students and staff can go to the library whenever it is needed instead of at one particular appointed time. This means that your student will get more than the typical 36, once per week visits to the library. They will learn library information skills as part of their core curriculum instruction. Some of the following information was inspired by a brochure on library services prepared by Robin Stout, a Library Media Services Supervisor in Lewisville, Texas.
Advantages of Collaboration and a Flexible Schedule:
- There will be greater access to the library and its resources, during the entire instructional day.
- Circulation of materials will increase as books may be exchanged daily instead of weekly.
- Information and research skills will be integrated into the curriculum with more effectiveness.
- Classes can continue work in the library over consecutive days, if needed.
Collaboration between teachers and library staff go hand in hand when there is a flexible schedule in the library. See the collaboration research link on this website to find out more information about collaboration.
Parents may be concerned that with a flexible schedule, their students may not obtain some of the traditional aspects of library time, such as a regularly scheduled check out time. That is not the case. A flexible schedule does not imply an unstructured schedule, it is still a schedule. But just as its name implies, it has flexibility.
What does this mean?
- More than one class could be in the library at the same time.
- Students can be sent to the library randomly for check out throughout a day or week.
- Teachers may bring an entire class to the library for check out.
- Teachers of grades 2-5 will team plan, team teach, and team assess all lessons in the library.
- Specialists can collaboratively plan, teach, and assess lessons in the library.
- A flexible schedule with collaboration lowers the student to staff ratio because the library staff and the teaching staff are working in tandem.
- This approach focuses teaching.
- Re-teaching for individual needs is available.
- Collaboration between the teaching staff and library staff raises student achievement.
- More resources are available, physical and personnel.
- SOLs and and library skills are incorporated into real world activities.