Funding Sources for School Library Media Programs

Instructor: Joanna Harris

Joanna has taught high school social studies both online and in a traditional classroom since 2009, and has a doctorate in Educational Leadership

This lesson will discuss strategies for establishing close, working relationships between school library media programs and public libraries/agencies, and provide information regarding sources of funding for library media programs.

Strategies for Close Relationships

Public libraries and agencies are funded by some of the same programs that could possibly benefit school libraries and their library media services. Therefore, the establishment of close, working relationships between public libraries and school library media programs can be extremely beneficial. The following are some tips and strategies for establishing these relationships.

  • Get involved Public town and county libraries and agencies hold exhibits and programs geared towards children that are free to the public. As a library media teacher, this can be a great way to establish working relationships with public organizations replete with opportunities to gain and share useful information, while also providing new learning experiences for students.
  • Stay Informed Keep your ears open for opportunities in your community to network with public agencies. There are also free and low-cost presentations, professional development opportunities, exhibits, and programs for teachers and the public that could be useful for library media teachers. Take full advantage of these experiences when they arise, and keep informed about additional opportunities for you and your students to return.
  • Follow Up Don't be afraid to follow up on an established connection. Public agencies are there to benefit the public, so contacting them about collaborative opportunities is expected. Always follow up with established connections; new events are scheduled throughout the year that may be interesting to you and/or your students that you won't want to miss.

Sources of Funding

There is no shortage of funding for library media teachers to provide ample opportunities for their students inside and outside of school. Because funding sources for in-school programs can be easier to find, here are several outside funding sources for library media teachers to access:

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