Conference Proceeding: Building the Alliance: School and Public Libraries

For the past two years, Ben Pastcan’s school has partnered closely with the community public library. They have introduced students to getting public library cards, have had visits from a local public librarian, and have linked their OPAC to their web site. They have gotten full sets of World Book encyclopedias (some are within a couple of years of the current year) and have built the alliance to where the public librarians do story times. The school has an institutional public library card which has proved to be helpful more than once if the school lacks a certain title or database. This is an advocacy technique and an alliance that should continue in the future. Working on-call as a librarian for the public library, Ben had seen firsthand how relevant it is for the school to ally closely with the public library.