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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Here are two new items today.
The Internet Reviews was published in a recent C&RL News; it noted the Digital Library of the Caribbean.
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a collaborative international digitization project involving 18 partner institutions from around the Caribbean region. Culling collections from academic libraries, private collections, and archives, dLOC documents the diverse historical and cultural legacies of the many islands and surrounding areas of the Caribbean.
“Community Collaboration: Phoenix Public Library Joining Arizona St. University’s Alexandria Co-Working Network.” Found via the InfoDocket.
The Alexandria Co-Working Network is an ASU initiative that brings people together in collaboration spaces in public libraries across Arizona. The new space at Burton Barr Central Library will support the entrepreneurs, inventors, problem-solvers and small-business owners across the Valley who need help to advance their ideas but don’t currently have access to the necessary tools.
ALA RUSA RSS Job & Career Reference Committee sponsored a presentation from the St. Paul Public Library about their work to assist patrons with unemployment through library services and community partnerships.
View the recorded webinar here.
Libraries Unlimited published “Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations” by Cherie Pandora and Stacey Hayman in August 2013. The main focus of the book is how school and public libraries can collaborate to better serve patron needs while minimizing costs. Much of the book is available to read on Google Books, and can be purchased from the link above or on Amazon.