Increased Engagement: Exponential Impact on School Library

Increased Engagement: Exponential Impact on School Library

Susan Kowalski (East Syracuse Minoa School District, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4361-1.ch016
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Rich collaboration with students has a powerful impact on a school library program, its students, and the entire school community. Strategies and best practices for the development of these collaborative partnerships are shared in this chapter. Leaders in school library programs should consider the following as they transform their program: Definition of student engagement in terms of collaboration with the library; Impact of high level of engagement on library program; Impact of high level of engagement on student; Strategies for increasing student engagement; and Best Practices that have increased student engagement in the past.
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What Is Engagement?

Engagement refers to an emotional involvement or commitment (, 2012). In essence, libraries are looking to develop this level of connection between their program and their users. In a school setting, students may be connected with one, two, three, or more libraries during their school career. If the connection with their school library is powerful, this can positively impact on their overall perspective of libraries in their school, work, and personal communities.

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