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.
This article was published in a recent issue of the South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science.
From borders and landscape to ecosystem: reconfiguring library services to meet the needs of South African youth, by Genevieve Hart and Mary Nassimbeni.
In this article we consider the configuration of the South African library and information services (LIS) sector, and analyse the extent to which its structuring facilitates or hinders optimum service to the children and youth of South Africa. The background to our investigation is the crisis in public schooling and the plight of South African youth who suffer disproportionate rates of poverty and unemployment. In our investigation we examine the planning and practice in two new libraries – one a community library, and one a joint-use library for learners and local residents – in an effort to establish the extent to which libraries may partner with schools to take advantage of new thinking that recommends a whole system approach, encapsulated in the metaphor of LIS as an ecosystem. We conclude that this new approach might generate models of service delivery that transcend boundaries that traditionally delineate and confine sub-sectors in the LIS sector.
Keywords: South Africa; library as ecosystem; public libraries; school libraries; collaboration
Libraries and the Secretary of State are rolling out a proactive effort to meet the needs of the community. Will this become a model for other states?
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, joined by state and local library officials, today announced a new partnership to improve service for both library and Secretary of State customers….
As part of the joint effort, called ExpressSOS CONNECT – Libraries, libraries across the state will be highlighted as points to access online Secretary of State services. The Secretary of State’s office will also send out regular news updates to libraries with information their users may need, ranging from election reminders to changes in election or driving laws, traffic safety tips and information about how to access Secretary of State services.
Allison Schultz at Indiana University wrote a nice MFA thesis. It is entitled Public Cospaces.
Permanent Link: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/3343
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to enable the development of public collaborative spaces, specifically within the context of public libraries. This research explored people’s working conditions and existing collaborative spaces, in non-public areas. A participatory design approach was taken to get the perspective of the type of users within collaborative spaces. After incorporating the primary and secondary research together, four principles (Open, Flexible, Inspiring, and Practical) were developed as the key part of a conceptual framework. In addition, functions and properties are detailed variables within each principle. The principles, functions and properties combined will help enable productive collaboration within a public cospace.
This article was recently published in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.
“A Win-Win Collaboration” by Mary Beth Parkinson
This brief article reports on a collaborative book-borrowing policy between The Brendlinger Library of Montgomery County Community College and the Wissahickon Valley Public Library (WVPL), both located in Blue Bell, PA. Beginning in January 2013, WVPL will donate books periodically to the Brendlinger Library in support of the students enrolled in Reading classes. Circulation statistics will be reported to WVPL, and the books will be returned to WVPL for sale in the WVPL Friends of the Library book sale.
See how libraries in Colorado and Kansas are building new relationships in order to strengthen their roles in their communities.
“Teacher in the Library” a privately funded program assists 58,000 kids with homework at 57 libraries across Chicago. The program is being expanded through a university partnership, facilitated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Thanks to Gary Smith for sending the news our way.
This is from the December issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.
“Public and Academic Library Cataloging Collaboration in Ohio’s NACO Funnel Project” (A subscription isrequired to read the full text.)
Catalogers at The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), and Cleveland Public Library (CPL) are collaborating through the Ohio Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) funnel to create personal name authority records that directly benefit library patrons. Although OSU provides training and review, all three libraries receive value from the collaboration. There have been obstacles, however, such as cataloging training and workflow differences between public and academic libraries. This article will discuss the challenges and benefits of this inter-library cataloger collaboration from the point of view of all three libraries, plans for the future, and best practices for other libraries that are interested in public/academic library collaborations of this kind.
Here they are:
- METRO Collaborative Digitization Showcase – Local and Global Collaboration
- New Orleans Public Library Partnership Will Bring Largest Culinary Library in the South to the Big Easy
- ARL SPEC Kit 328: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Tools