I'm Interested in Library Partnerships

Libraries are valued partners in their communities. Learn about what's next in partnerships at these sessions.

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Culinary Cooperation
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00AM
The Boyd Library of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum began as a donated collection looking for a home after Hurricane Katrina. Learn how the Museum and the Library have grown, securing permanent space; working with the New Orleans Public Library to enhance library services around the unique New Orleans cultures of food, music, and architecture; building a presence in the city; and acquiring significant donations from notable chefs (Paul Prudhomme and Kenneth Smith) and food writers (Poppy Tooker).

PLA’s DigitalLearn: New Course Topics, New Partnerships, and New Ways to Engage Your Community
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00AM
The Public Library Association's (PLA) DigitalLearn project (http://www.digitallearn.org) is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy. Launched in 2013, the site provides courses on the most basic skills, such as using a computer, creating an email address, navigating a web site, and searching for jobs online. All courses are video-based with narration, approximately 6 to 22 minutes long, and are written at the fourth-grade reading level. Since its launch, the usage of DigitalLearn has notably increased to approximately 20,000 users per year. Join us for an update about the advancements of DigitalLearn in 2018, including how DigitalLearn is being used by organizations like Cox and IBM, the development of new courses related to searching online for credible health information and filling out online job applications, and a discussion about the extensive suite of tools and resources on DigitalLearn for educators and trainers of digital literacy courses. 

Stronger Together: Public-Private Partnerships for Digital Literacy
Saturday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Bringing millions of people online to fully participate in today’s digital world is a big job, and libraries have long been leaders. PLA and Cox Communications teamed up with three local libraries in 2017 to help answer this question, with a commitment to collecting and sharing key learnings from the public-private partnership. Together, these partners developed and offered digital literacy training - online and in person - to their communities, and implemented unique format, marketing, and evaluation strategies that every library can learn from. 

STEM Opportunities, Resources, and Partnerships between Public Libraries and Afterschool Providers
Saturday 1:00 - 2:00PM
The Afterschool Alliance, the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net), and the Global Family Research Project aim to support the growth of STEM partnerships between public libraries and afterschool and summer learning programs. In this session, we will synthesize projects and research conducted across the fields of out-of-school time, informal STEM education, family engagement, and community partnerships, in order to provide participants with actionable ideas and promising practices. 

Public Library Access = Student Success: Using School Student Numbers for Public Library Resources
Saturday 2:30 - 3:30PM 
After several years of successful collaborative summer reading programs between the Cobb County School District's Library Media Education Department and the Cobb County Public Library System, both entities had a desire to provide students with more resources throughout the school year. The result was the PASS project: Public library Access for Student Success. Come learn how our two metro Atlanta library systems came together to use student numbers so that students may easily use public library resources. 

STEM-Centered Inquiry: Integrating Library Standards into Math and Science Classrooms
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
Come learn how a high school math teacher and a librarian created a yearlong, interdisciplinary, STEM-centered project that integrates AASL standards throughout. Inquiry-based learning and STEM are both hot topics in modern libraries, but many school librarians gravitate more naturally to language and social studies content when promoting rich inquiry experiences. Discover how exploring open-ended, creative scenarios with students resulted in deeper learning and higher test scores in STEM classes. 


High Impact Librarianship: A Showcase of Collaborative and Experiential Learning Initiatives
Sunday 9:00 - 10:00AM
Librarians and disciplinary faculty showcase four collaborative projects that have provided students with a high-impact learning experiences in information literacy. These projects cover a range of methods, including a program that allows education students a chance to teach information literacy skills to a cohort of public school students, a summer scholars program, the creation of an open education resource (OER) by a writing class, and a class built around designing materials to teach college students information literacy terminology. 

Nontraditional Partnerships:  Architects and Health Sciences Librarianship make good Partners for Community Health
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Consumer Health Sciences Librarians provides access to resources and networking opportunities for those who assist diverse populations to create a culture of health within their communities. Synergy between nontraditional partners, stakeholders, and other components that make up the neighborhoods built environment, leverage the role of consumer health librarians’ as key figures in healthy community design. The library, as the “community center,” in the design environment is the perfect platform to advocate for the value of libraries, and to ensure that all individuals have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.

(G)LAMonomics: The Economic Drivers and Barriers to Collaboration across Libraries, Archives and Museums
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Leaders from cultural heritage organizations, a funding agency and educational institution, will provide insight into the economics of collaboration across Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) and cultural heritage funding, addressing both drivers and barriers to collaboration. Considerations include education and training; interoperable descriptive systems; disaster preparedness and preservation; and joint advocacy efforts. 

Every Child Ready to Read’s Impact on the Community
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Librarians have used the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative, developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, to engage, educate, and empower parents to help their children become ready to read and be ready for school. ECRR is a research-based early literacy outreach and education program for caregivers, seeking out those families who are most at-risk and who may not visit public libraries. New, federally-funded research being published in late 2017 and early 2018 will be reviewed, showing how ECRR affects parent behavior and engagement during their children’s most formative years, and how public libraries using ECRR are becoming learning spaces and strategically focusing their services on fostering parent engagement. 

Doing 3D: Implementation and Best Practices in Applying 3D Technologies Across Higher Education
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
The adoption and use of allied 3D technologies continues to proliferate throughout academia as decreased costs and increased ubiquity have significantly lowered their barrier of entry. In addition to offering 3D printing as a service to patrons, libraries are now partnering in cutting-edge projects incorporating 3D scanning and modelling as well as the construction of robust infrastructure and preservation frameworks to manage 3D data in the long term. 

Public Libraries: Leading Communities in Family Engagement
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00PM
In 2017, the Public Library Association and the Global Family Research Project released the Ideabook: Libraries for Families publication, which was the result of nearly two years of research and investigation into how library programs can and do engage parents and caregivers in their children’s education, across the age spectrum. The book proposes how public libraries can use the five “Rs” framework—reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine—to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families in their communities. This session will review the state of family engagement based on research in the education field and among library directors, and explain the new public library framework and how it can be applied to library programs, professional development, community partnerships and strategic planning. 


Collaboration is Key: steps to building great partnerships with outside organizations
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
The state libraries in Georgia and Colorado each offer statewide partnerships with multiple agencies, from state parks to museums and other area attractions. These programs have increased library attendance and heightened awareness that libraries loan more than books. Learn how these experts work with agencies to create common goals that lead to cooperative and mutually beneficial programs and use their collaborative tips to build community engagement at your library! 

Building Relationships from the School Library
Monday 1:00 - 2:00PM
Building and sustaining strong, positive relationships is at the core of everything school librarians strive to achieve. This session will share specific approaches, programs, and strategies to build connections with all library stakeholders in order to make the library program an integral part of a school’s learning community.

Update on Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative 
Monday 1:00 - 2:00PM
In 2017, the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) partnered to implement Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative. The aim of this initiative was to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. Join us for a discussion on what the project has done and how you can benefit. Learn about assessments on identifying the health information needs among public librarians, and how those led to new resources and professional development opportunities for public library staff. Learn how you can join your regional NNLM office at no cost and get access to training, funding, and more. Learn how you can receive certifications that benefit you personally and highlight the role your library has in keeping the community healthy. You will leave this session with inspiration, resources, and ideas for your library and community.

Correctional Libraries, Collection Building, and Collaborations: Success Stories From Those Serving in an Information Desert
Monday 2:30 - 3:30PM
Our team of three library professionals will present strategies for best providing credible information to inmates in jail and prison settings. Specifically, collection development, budgeting and community partnerships will be discussed. The panel will address the difficulties regularly faced when providing access to their populations in prison or jail. 

Lessons Learned from the 2017 Eclipse: What Participation in Charismatic Events Can Do For YOUR Library
Monday 2:30 - 3:30PM
This session will help public libraries catalyze the momentum from the 2017 Solar Eclipse to make plans to participate in other charismatic STEM events in the coming year, partner with local and national STEM organizations (like NASA!), and find innovative ways to help their community see them in a new light. 

Early Literacy Outreach to Underserved and Unserved Families
Monday 2:30 - 3:30PM
Early literacy outreach to underserved and unserved families has been growing. Going beyond traditional in-library programs, innovative early literacy resources are currently being delivered in food pantries, WIC Centers, NICU units, laundromats, and apartment complexes. Discover the steps taken to set-up these programs and hear about the impact they have had on vulnerable communities.

Family Engagement Initiative: Resources for Encouraging Families to be Active in their Children’s Learning and Development
Monday 4:00 - 5:00PM
In 2015, the Public Library Association (PLA) initiated its work on family engagement, which aims to assist public libraries in learning about and implementing effective family engagement practices. Early literacy efforts like Every Child Ready to [email protected] your library® (ECRR) support parents and children and create a springboard for new ideas and practices libraries can use to engage families even more successfully. PLA’s work on family engagement helps libraries serve families of all types with children of all ages, and ECRR is the foundation upon which PLA established its Family Engagement Initiative. PLA's Family Engagement Task Force, currently chaired by Clara Bohrer, Director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, is working to develop and define best practices and a toolkit of resources that encourage public libraries to more easily provide information, guidance, and opportunities for families to proactively engage in their children’s learning and development. Join us to hear about current activities that the Task Force is working on!