School Librarians as Master Collaborators
School libraries are ever changing environments. Technology is changing the way that we learn, read, gather, and produce information. Schools are also still navigating the impacts and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. School librarians are ready to step in to help, and what better way to help than through developing collaborative projects and partnerships. Through effective collaboration, school librarians are able to be teachers, curriculum developers, research facilitators, and school leaders. Collaborate is one of the shared foundations in the National School Library Standards developed by the American Association of School Librarians. This foundation commits to “work[ing] effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward a common goal” (AASL, 2018, p.83). School librarians can collaborate with teachers in their schools to develop classroom and school wide projects and initiatives. School librarians can collaborate with their local public libraries to meet the needs of learners by providing more resources and access than they may be able to provide. School libraries can develop partnerships with community organizations to better serve students. This Wakelet serves as a collection of articles, podcasts, videos, and resources for librarians who are looking to enhance their collaboration efforts both in and outside of their schools. Collaboration should be at the center of a school library and has the potential to influence the educational experiences of all students.