The Library Card Challenge: Local Leaders Collaborating for Increased Access to Educational Resources
Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111 AB
What happens when Public Library CEOs build strong working relationships with School District Superintendents and Chief Elected Officials? Students in their shared jurisdiction gain streamlined access to valuable public library learning resources. Join this session to learn about the Leaders Library Card Challenge and hear from libraries that are stepping up to the challenge, partnering with schools to facilitate student access to resources. Gain practical strategies for establishing intentional working partnerships with your school systems.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Learn about a national initiative that grew out of President Obama's challenge to library directors, school superintendents, and chief elected officials to ensure that every student in their shared jurisdiction has a library card and therefore access to critical learning resources. 2: Gain practical solutions to overcome obstacles that prevent student access to library materials such as creating virtual library cards and eliminating fines. 3: Consider workable strategies for building successful public library-school partnerships based on the experience of library leaders involved in the Challenge.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)
Tags: Leadership, Children's Services, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries, Youth Services
Susan Benton, President and CEO
Urban Libraries Council , Washington , DC
Susan has worked with libraries and local governments for over 30 years. Her professional career has been dedicated to assisting city and county executives initiate and manage change in their organizations so that citizens and businesses are receiving the strongest possible services. She comes to ULC from her position as Research, Development and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).