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.
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.
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.”
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.