Category Archives: Public Libraries

Community Connections Webinar

Colorado State Library in Session is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, June 17th at 12PM Mountain Time titled “Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections.”

The webinar features three librarians from public libraries  who will share their experience in building community relationships. Visit their website for more information on accessing this webinar.

3D Printing Company to Donate to Libraries

The 3D Printing Company Inventables was inspired by the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, and has decided to donate a 3D printer to a library in each state. Zach Caplan, CEO of Inventables, said he is looking for “community gathering places where people with an interest in learning and technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge.”

Check out the full article from the Chicago Tribune

Ideas for collaboration between public libraries and K-12 schools

This looks like a good article.

Collaboration Ideas for K-12 School and Public Libraries in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly.

The author notes that “after working for more than 15 years in a public library program that collaborates with schools, I’ve found lots of ways for school and public libraries to work together.”

Nearly 100,00 Philadelphia Students Get Library Cards

The Philadelphia School District merged their student database with the Free Library of Philadelphia system to identify which students did not have public library cards. The almost 100,000 students who did not have library cards are being issued cards.

This partnership is an attempt to address the budget cuts faced by school libraries. For more, read the full article at NewsWorks.

Pittsburgh public schools and public libraries work together on a literacy initiative

This looks like a nice collaborative effort.

Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library

Public libraries have long supported the literacy goals of public schools in their communities by providing access to printed and electronic resources that enhance learning and teaching. This article describes an ongoing collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s BLAST outreach program and the Pittsburgh Public Schools that has positively impacted thousands of students by increasing access to library resources while also emphasizing vocabulary, text-based discussion, and writing using both fiction and informational texts. This program can serve as a model for similar community partnerships that have the potential to enrich the literacy lives of students.

Recommended Citation

Genest, Maria T. (2014) “Reading is a BLAST! Inside an Innovative Literacy Collaboration Between Public Schools and the Public Library,” Reading Horizons: Vol. 53: Iss. 1, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol53/iss1/4

School and public library collaboration in Georgia

This looks like a good collaborative effort.

McClure, Janell (2014) “Georgia Library Spotlight – Cobb County School District and Cobb County Public Library Collaboration,” Georgia Library Quarterly: Vol. 51: Iss. 1, Article 4.

“The two groups chose to adopt the same program ‘theme’ in an effort to maintain a consistent message among school and library patrons.”

Upcoming Webinar: Health Happens in Libraries

OCLC’s WebJunction is offering a webinar on Thursday, March 27th at 2PM EST titled “Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement”.

This webinar will focus on how libraries can integrate health information according to the best practices developed by the Health Happens in Libraries project team. If you are interested, you can register here.

Canadian Public Libraries in British Columbia collaborate for service excellence

This article was just published in the BCLA Browser: Linking the Library Landscape, Vol 6, No 1 (2014)

BC public libraries take a collaborative step forward in support of service excellence” by Barbara Kelly and June Stockdale

June Stockdale, Chief Librarian at the Nelson Public Library and Barbara Kelly, Project Manager on behalf of the BC Libraries Cooperative for the Digital Learning Objects Repository, invite everyone to be part of the growing conversation about a new service that will make the sharing of program and training ideas, templates, outlines, and scripts easy and effective.

Collaborative project in the UK between scholarly publishers and public libraries

Thanks to Gary Price for alerting us to this.

UK: Two-Year Pilot Project Begins That Will Provide Public Libraries & Their Users With Free Access to Scholarly Articles

This collaborative project is named “Access to Research” and will provide free full text journal articles to UK public library users (in-library access only) from several academic publishers. A “test” of the pilot ran for a few months during 2013 at 10 libraries around the UK.

New Location in the Alexandria Co-Working Network

An Arizona State University initiative called the Alexandria Co-Working Network aims to bring people together in collaboration spaces in public libraries across Arizona. The grand opening of their newest space in the Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central Library will take place on Friday, January 17th.

This initiative is led by ASU’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group, and was launched with the goal of creating a statewide network of places for people to connect, collaborate and find valuable resources.

Visit Digital Journal for more information on this collaboration.