Monday, August 28, 2006

Designing an Academic Outreach Program through Partnerships with Public Schools

Designing an Academic Outreach Program through Partnerships with Public Schools. This article is by Alan R. Bailey, Linda M. Teel and Hazel J. Walker. It appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of the Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship. The article describes a k-12/university library collaboration at East Carolina University.

I think most academic libraries have some kind of program for local schools. However, in most cases, it consists primarily of scheduling tours and basic instruction sessions for high school English classes. (And at CMU, we have student employees do the library instruction for these classes.) However, this East Carolina University program moves well beyond that. Teachers are being given educator library cards and even being allowed to use interlibrary loan. I wonder how this is being translated back in their k-12 classrooms? This program will build good will in the community but hopefully these teachers are imparting a positive idea of the university library to the students.

From the article abstract:

The article discusses an outreach program at the Teaching Resources Center of J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The collaborative project consists of three significant components created to partner with public schools within a designated service area. A library card for educators, interlibrary loan services and a production center provide commitment and support to area educators.

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