The purpose of this study was to examine youth service librarians’ use of collaborative collection development (CCD) behaviors and interlibrary loan (ILL) to collaborate with school librarians.
A quantitative design was implemented with a self-administered survey that was placed online.
Public youth services librarians in the USA believe it is important to collaborate with school librarians. However, they are not frequently using collaborative resource sharing strategies. Public youth services librarians that have more experience, understand trends and issues in school libraries and feel they have knowledge of collaborative strategies are more likely to engage in collaborative resource sharing.
The study was limited to 265 public librarians serving youth in the USA. This study does not present the perspectives of school libraries.
CCD and ILL between public and school libraries are overlooked practices for building relationships between public and school librarians that should be explored. Presenting the benefits of these strategies during training programs may increase the resources that youth can access, thus having an overall impact on the quality of life in communities. Collaborating will also help communities understand the value of libraries as institutions for promoting lifelong learning.
The results provide evidence that public youth service librarians in the USA believe in the importance of collaborative relationships with school librarians. However, they do not frequently use ILL or engage in CCD behaviors with school librarians. Using ILL and CCD are two strategies that may be used to build stronger relationships.
Thank you to the University of North Texas for funding this research.
Smith, D., Shea, M. and Wu, W.-N. (2014), "Collaborative resource sharing between public and school libraries", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 159-164. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILDS-09-2014-0045
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