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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Co-Creating Library/Social Services Partnerships: A Statewide Collaboration
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health to provide staff trainings for public libraries on mental illness and homelessness and build relationships with Homeless Outreach staff in communities served by the Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH). This partnership evolved out of a series of Social Services Forums facilitated by MLS. In addition to the partnership with the DHM/PATH, MLS has offered trainings for librarians on compassion fatigue, mindfulness, and Mental Health First Aid. The project was initiated with a statewide survey to assess librarians’ interest to partner with social workers. 

Art and School Libraries: Collaborative Research Opportunities
Sunday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Unexpected library collaborators can make the best partners. Learn how one Future Ready librarian and one Art History AP teacher combined forces to build a rich research experience for their students that invoked the AASL standards like inquiry, exploration, and curation, utilized tech tools like Google Classroom, and resulted in a 1,000 mile field trip to the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Art libraries. Hear how a rich connection was built with the help of research librarians across the country that enabled students to take a deeper dive into archived materials and learn the skills of lifelong inquiry.

Ready To Learn: Public Media and Library Partnerships for Early Science and Literacy Learning
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when libraries and public media stations partner to support early science and literacy learning. The CPB-PBS Ready To Learn initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, supports these partnerships by funding free, research-based learning resources and developing a new collaborative model of community engagement serving low-income neighborhoods. Library and station representatives from Kentucky and Tennessee, along with representatives from the CPB and PBS, will discuss how they've cultivated effective partnerships and demonstrate free resources and tools to better serve the early learning needs of low-income families with children ages 2 to 8.

Everyone Has a Story: How to Listen Deeply and Tell Stories in Your Community
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Imagine this: a Vietnam veteran, a Cuban refugee, a college student with Juvenile Parkinson’s disease, an Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, a former music critic for a fanzine, and a grandmother who has lived in the same town her whole life, spend two days together in a workshop designed to help them tell one story from their lives that they will then turn into a digital story (with a voiceover, photographs and effects) to be screened before a live audience. A recipe for disaster? Or the very civic discourse that libraries are meant to encourage? 


Reaching Vulnerable Families through Collaborative Partnerships
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Research shows that acquisition of early literacy skills improves young children's lives and paves the way toward their success as adults. When different groups partner together, they can create impactful programs that reach targeted vulnerable populations. A panel of partners will describe steps taken to set-up Mother Goose on the Loose: Goslings for parents of premature babies and highlight the impact this programmatic partnership has had on vulnerable communities. In addition to hearing about challenges and benefits of unique outreach opportunities and partnerships, participants will receive tips and tools that will enable them to establish successful partnerships in atypical settings.