Rawson, C. H. (2014). Every Flower in the Garden: Collaboration Between School Librarians and Science Teachers. School Libraries Worldwide, 20(1), 20-28. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=96402255&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Examines collaborative relationships between school librarians and science teachers. Posits librarians as the pollinators & science classrooms/teachers as skipped flowers; analyzes why this is so and outlines successful collaboration efforts. They conclude by highlighting the commonalities between the fields and recommending that communication and relationships between educators are of primary importance to increasing collaboration between the two groups.
My initial takeaway from this article was the comprehensive review of the literature describing teacher-librarian collaboration across different fields of education. The cited articles are a goldmine for collaboration research if you haven’t already dug into the topic! The authors observe that, overall, science teachers are less likely to co-teach with librarians than educators in other disciplines despite science lending itself particularly well to collaboration in inquiry. This stood out to me in particular because I come from a science background in undergrad and am especially drawn to working with teachers in that field; I’m surprised to hear that it’s not a common pairing! After reading this article I feel motivated to pursue viable partnerships actively rather than waiting for them to approach me.