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Collaboration: Lessons Learned Series
Robert Grover for the American Association of School Librarians
Item Number: 978-0-8389-7871-9
Publisher: AASL
Price: $25.00
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8 pages
8.5" x 11"
Shrink-wrapped pack of 25 8-page pamphlets; not sold separately.
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-7871-9
Year Published: 1996
This publication demonstrates the benefits of and defines collaboration through the author's analysis of reports submitted by participants of Meeting in the Middle, an AASL five-day institute intended to foster collaboration among library media specialists, teachers, and administrators in middle schools, in August 1994.

In this publication, originally developed and distributed through a grant from the Bound to Stay Bound Books Foundation, we learn that collaboration is a step beyond cooperation and coordination. There are fourteen "lessons learned," broken down into the six factors identified by Paul Mattessich and Barbara Monsey in Collaboration: What Makes It Work: A Review of Research Literature on Factors Influencing Successful Collaboration (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 1992). These factors include environmental factors, group membership characteristics, process/structure, communication, purpose, and resources.