CISSL/ILILE, Multiple Faces of Collaboration 2007 SPRING RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The CISSL/ILILE, Multiple Faces of Collaboration research symposium was held at Kent State University May 17-18, 2007. The event was jointly sponsored by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE).
The research symposium brought in some of the nationís most distinguished practitioners and researchers who gave presentations on collaborative efforts between teachers, school library media specialists and university librarians, and higher education faculty.
One highlight from the event was Martha Regula, Director of the National First Ladies Library introducing her father, U.S. Representative Ralph Regula (R- Navarre, Ohio). Congressman Regula spoke via video from Washington, D.C., about how he was inspired by his daughterís commitment to school librarianship and that after a conversation with his daughter it motivated him to obtain funding to create the ILILE in 2003 at Kent State.
The main keynote speaker Dr. Ross Todd, director, CISSL, shared the results of a new ILILE funded research study on collaborative instructional experiences of the school library media specialists and classroom teachers, which was based on ILILE summer workshops from 2003 to 2005.
Dr. Todd and his research team examined multiple facets of the collaborative experience. Research identified a pattern of three key themes that consistently surfaced throughout the study which are 1) promoting the importance of personal positions within the educational environment; 2) learning from others; and 3) a pre-existing belief that collaboration increases knowledge and benefits student performance. Additional results on the Multiple Faces of Collaboration study will be published in professional journals in the coming year.
Another major inspirational and moving speaker was Allison Zmuda, educational consultant and author of The Competent Classroom. Zmuda gave a presentation on current research findings regarding collaboration between the school library media specialist and classroom teacher. She discussed the issues surrounding collaborative relationships and strategies and presented task definitions of successful school library media programs.
Presentations and Handouts:
- Dr. Ross Todd, CISSL, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
- The ABCDE of Teacher-School Librarian Collaboration: Advances, Barriers, Challenges, Directions, Enablers
- Allison Zmuda, Educational Consultant
- Collaboration that Counts
- Marica Mardis, Wayne State University
- Collections then Connections: Science in Michigan Middle School Libraries
- Carol Doll, University of Albany
- Collaboration and Practitioners
- Patricia Overall, University of Arizona
- Mixed Methods Research: Developing a Deeper Understanding of Teacher and Librarian Collaboration
- Carol Gordon, Rutgers University
- Collaboration Through Active Research: A Three-Dimensional Model
- Ya-Ling Lu, Rutgers University
- Summer Reading Moves to Cyberspace: Revealing Collaboration
- Donna Shannon, University South Carolina, SLMR Board
- School Library Media Research
- Cherie Pandora, Rocky River High School
- Multiple Faces of Collaboration
- Deborah Levitov, School Library Media Activities Monthly
- Tips for Journal Writing
- JoAnn Arhar, Kent State University
- Studying the Integration of Technology into Teaching through an On-Line Action Research Cource: A Statewide Model of Professional Development
- Brenda Gehm and David Hogan, Monroe Local School District
- Big 6, Information Literacy, Technology and Content Standards: All Together
Poster Sessions-ILILE Collaborations in Action
- John Myles, Library Media Specialist, Liberty Center Local Schools and Carol Schwartz, Distance Learning Director, Northwest State Community College
- Collaboration is Not a Natural Act: An Analysis of Collaboration Patterns between Teachers, the Technology Integrationist, and the Library Media Specialist in a Small Northwest Ohio School District
- Gayle Dill, Librarian, Fairview Park City Schools and Laura Ponsart, Classroom Teacher, Fairview Park City Schools
- It Takes Two
- Jennifer Schwelik, Library Media Specialist, Beachwood City Schools, and Evan Luzar, High School English Teacher, Beachwood City Schools
- Preparing Powerful Knowledge Creators
- Carol Chiorian, 5th grade teacher and Michelle Smart 4th/5th grade media specialist. Hudson City School District.
- Harlem Renaissance: A Continuing Collaborative Effort between a Classroom Instructor, Fine Arts Instructor, and Media Specialist that Met Multiple State Standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts and Media.
- Candace Shugar, Library Media Specialist Lead Teacher, Toledo Public Schools
- Scaffolding Skills for Success - Handout 1
- Scaffolding Skills for Success - Handout 2
- Ken Burhanna, First Year Experience Librarian, Kent State University and Mary Lee Jensen, Assistant Professor, Kent State University
- High School to College Transitions: New and Improved
- Dr. Barbara Schloman, Associate Dean, Libraries & Media Services, KSU and Kathy Lawrence, Librarian, Cleveland Heights High School
- Using TRAILS on the Journey to Information Literacy
- Leslie Smith, 3rd Grade Teacher, Twinsburg City Schools and Cinda Dehner, Library Media Specialist, Twinsburg City Schools
- Collaborating to Enhance Student Learning
- Mary H. Tipton, Academic Program Director, KSU and Vanessa Earp, Assistant Professor, KSU
- Teacher Education Faculty and Library Collaboration Projects
The symposium offered sessions with practitioners and researchers. It concluded with a scholarly discussion about further research on collaboration between K-12 teachers and librarians.