Strategies for Developing Teacher Contacts Or:

How to Pester Your Teachers             

  1. Listen for openings and offer to assist through materials or actual involvement.
  2. When asked to pull a collection, always indicate a willingness to do so, but also point out it would be possible to help the students develop their skills by assisting them in locating materials.
  3. Anticipate research projects (i.e. science fair) and offer services in teaching research skills.
  4. Each grading period give teachers a Library Media Link survey asking what they will be teaching and what materials they would like to have made available.  All returned surveys should receive a prompt response.
  5. Develop research note—taking sheets with teachers to promote taking notes instead of copying. Share these with teachers in the same grade levels and subject areas with the offer of helping with the research project, if interested.
  6. Share materials from professional magazines and from conference handouts with the teachers. Whenever possible, give teachers materials in person, because the teachers are more apt to actually read them. This provides the librarian with opportunities to talk with each teacher. These contacts often lead to cooperative teaching times.
  7. Collect Internet links to share with teachers and administrators. If possible, post links on a resource section of the school library media Web site. Put links for specific projects on an Internet Project Page.
  8. Suggest, develop or expand upon projects during conversations.  Being flexible when making suggestions.
  9. Involve teachers in selecting materials. Have major new materials events. Give discards to teachers.
  10. Continue to teach selected basic research/information/ library skills. Connect and take skill lessons into language arts, math, science and social studies classrooms as appropriate.
  11. Serve on curriculum committees, young author committees, the technology committees, building level committees, etc. Involvement in these and other activities make you a part of the team.
  12. Invite teachers to use library media centers phone, computers and other facilities. Make helping teachers with new technologies as needed a priority.  
  13. Welcome every new teacher with a brief tour and description of services and resources. Follow—up tours with invitations to teach cooperatively as needed.   Make an extra effort to frequently check back with new teachers to see if there is any way to assist them. 
  14. Keep treats on hand for teachers and advertise!

    *by Debra Kay Logan  Reprinted with permission from Information Skills Tooklit:  Collaborative Integrated Instruction for the Middle Grades.  Copyright 2000 by Linworth Publishing, Inc.
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