Want to know where you currently are in the collaboration process? Check out thesescales1.
The Library Media Center is bypassed entirely.Teachers plan and carry out units independently, not using library mediaresources or making connections with the library media specialist.2.
Teaching with a Borrowed Collection:
Teachers plan units and then check outall resources from the library media center, contacting the library media specialistonly as a resource provider, to pull materials and check them out.3.
Using the Library Media Specialist as Enrichment:
Teachers plan units andthen come to the library media specialist to tell a story or do a book talk or allowtime for the class to come into the center to get resources but no preplanning takes place and no integration of information skills is built into the unit as an integral part.4.
Utilizing the Library Media Specialist Out of Context
: Instruction and learningare isolated and disconnected, not integral to other learning that is classroom based. Teachers plan an objective (good behavior or drug prevention) and thenask the library media specialist to play an active role in delivery of instruction.The information that the library media specialist is asked to cover is not related tostudents becoming better information users as part of a classroom assignment andthere is no collaborative planning.5.
Using Library Media Resources as Part of a Unit:
Teachers plan units that relyon the use of library media center resources and require that students use theseresources to fulfill the unit objectives. The library media specialist is not involvedin preplanning and is placed in a reactive role.6.
Collaborative Planning for Instruction:
Teachers and the library mediaspecialist meet to preplan units of study. They identify information skills andother objectives that will be covered during the unit as well as resources that will be needed and used. Together they determine the responsibilities of the classroomteacher, the library media specialist and the students. They jointly plan theactivities to be carried out and determine how the unit will be evaluated.7.
Collaborative Planning for Curriculum Development:
Teachers and librarymedia specialists work together to determine implementation of curriculumchanges and team together to make decisions for acquiring needed resources tomeet the new demands for the library media center. They work as a team to planstrategies, activities and acquire resources that will facilitate implementation.Adapted from: Loertscher, David V.
Taxonomies of the School Library Media Program
.Hi Willow Research & Publishing, 2000.