Productive Partnerships Learning for Life


  • Margaret Spillman



Our collaborative relationship with Mackay Libraries began informally when we undertook a work shadowing program with our Public Library counterparts. The professional discussions which followed, and an examination of the available literature on the topic of school and public library cooperation, indicated that we had much in common. More importantly, we realized that cooperation could be beneficial for our respective communities. Allan Bundy’s excellent article, ‘Essential Connections School and Public Libraries for Lifelong Learning’ provided a wonderful historical perspective and also investigated attitudes of those involved in both library sectors. It was a challenging article and gave us the encouragement to believe that we could make a difference in our respective communities.