School Library Media Specialist Collaboration with Special Education Personnel in Support of Student Learning

  • Lesley S. J. Farmer CSULB
Keywords: collaboration, special education, access, resources, services

Abstract

Objective – The objective of this study was to identify factors for effective collaboration between school library media specialists and special education personnel in support of student learning.

Methods – A review method was used to examine illustrative studies of collaboration.

Results – The analysis revealed studies that represented a variety of methodologies: survey, observation, interview, action research, and participatory ethnography. The review identified cross-study factors that facilitate collaboration between school library media specialists and special educators: shared knowledge via cross-training and regular professional interaction, effective communication skills, and effective educational team planning and co-teaching of meaningful learning activities.

Conclusion – The study concluded that school library media specialists and special education personnel need to share their knowledge and expertise about the effective use of appropriate resources and services for students with special needs.

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Author Biography

Lesley S. J. Farmer, CSULB
Professor Lesley Farmer coordinates the librarianship program at California State University Long Beach. Dr. Farmer has worked in school, public, academic and special library settings. A frequent presenter and author, Dr. Farmer has 25 published books. Her research interests include information literacy, collaboration, assessment, and information technology.
Published
2009-06-14
How to Cite
FarmerL. S. J. (2009). School Library Media Specialist Collaboration with Special Education Personnel in Support of Student Learning. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 4(2), 37-55. https://doi.org/10.18438/B8R02B
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