School and Public Library Consortium for eResource Sharing

Stephens (2010) recently asked: “As technology continues to evolve so quickly, TLs are faced with many challenges: providing resources, supporting the curriculum and guiding access. What can we do to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our students and their learning in times of change and challenge?” Less than 30% of public libraries and schools collaborate to share digital resources, including eBook collections. This director’s brief argues that collaboration between public libraries and schools is essential in order to consider fiscal and holistic solutions to address literacy challenges and hyperlinked community building. Research shows that hyperlinked consortiums of public libraries and schools increase literacy rates and nearly triple circulation numbers. In the end, students stand to reap the benefits of collaborative services that meet their literacy needs that will both align with Common Core standards and spark curiosity in readership.


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