Examples of Partnerships Focused on Information Literacy

These selected examples of information literacy partnerships were compiled from the Appendix of the Blueprint for Collaboration, a report of the AASL/ACRL Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries and from e-mails sent as a result of a call on several listservs. The list is not comprehensive, but contains examples of different types of partnerships.

  • Duke University – Durham Public Schools.
    Program funded by AT&T to match technology mentors from the university library staff with public school teachers, offering both formal classes with one-on-one mentor sessions in the use of educational technology. This was developed as a pilot program that could be duplicated in other school systems.
  • Link 2 Learn Project( www.l2l.duq.edu/contact.html)
    Duquesne University, Gannon University, St. Vincent College and other cooperating institutions propose to address the development of the skills of information problem-solving generally known as information literacy in the high school population for librarians, teachers, and high school students in the twenty-one cooperating schools in the Western Pennsylvania region.
  • The New York City Department of Business Services is interested in having the retired executives who volunteer in their program answer practical questions about business launch challenges in New York City. This group of experienced business people will thus join retirees in the SBA SCORE program in offering advice to SIBL's readers in partnership with the Library.
  • New York Public Library
    CLASP (Connecting Libraries and Schools Project) connects the New York Public Library, Queens Borough Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library with the New York City Board of Education. This information literacy project introduces students from kindergarten to 8th grade to the public library and its resources. Students are signed up for library cards and introduced to the library's resources. The project also includes workshops for parents and teachers introducing them to the public library's resources and encouraging them to bring children to the public library. One of CLASP's very successful activities has been "Stump the Librarian" where students have a chance to ask reference questions and try to stump the librarians. This program and many other CLASP programs is done in conjunction with the school librarian.
  • New York Public Library
    The Science, Industry and Business Library, (SIBL) have partnered with New York City Department of Business Services and the New York City Partnership/Chamber of Commerce to launch a website called "Smallbiz," short for New York Small Business Resource Center. SIBL re-designed and enhanced the web site since assuming management for it from the New York City Partnership/Chamber of Commerce. The website, whose information is specific to the regulatory environment for doing business in the New York metropolitan area, features: a multi-chapter Business Owners Manual; an "Ask the Librarian" e-mail reference service; and a Programs Locator, with profiles and contact information for over 300 governmental and private service providers to the small business community.
  • Northwestern State University Library
    Serves the students of the neighboring “Louisiana School for Math, Sciences, and the Arts” (LSMSA), a boarding high school for advanced juniors and seniors from all over the state. Each fall, a new class of juniors (approximately 200) arrives at the school. Included in their two day orientation is an introduction to the library, its resources and services.
  • Oregon State University
    Instructional guidelines have been established in collaboration with local school district media specialists and a representative from the public library.
  • Rochester Regional Library Council
    Rochester Regional Library Council has formed a committee to explore the issue of information literacy partnerships. One of their first steps is going to be to take the NYS school standards and the academic standards, look for public standards, and create a continuum that can be used to target skill development across types of libraries.
  • SUNY Oswego
    Established a formal arrangement in which they have a representative who attends all School Library System Council meetings and acts as a liaison between the school libraries and Penfield library. The librarians have a fairly close relationship with the school libraries and the high school librarians bring the classes in for instruction in use of a college library.
  • University of California Berkeley – Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts.
    Project funded by Department of Commerce-TIIAP Grant to bring Internet technology to K-12 schools. The current library grant covers development of sample lesson plans based on the California Heritage Collection, a digital library of archival resources on California history, and work within the schools to promote the integration of the Internet and primary sources into the curriculum.
  • University of California Irvine
    The University of California Irvine Libraries received a University of California School-University Partnership Program grant to establish a two-year pilot program that will lay the groundwork for long-term collaboration between the UCI Libraries and target Orange County high schools. The School partnership for Instruction, Research, and Information Technology (SPIRIT) Program objectives are to develop partnerships to teach life-long learning skills to high school students and to help increase the number of students that meet and exceed UCI admissions requirements.
  • The University of Cincinnati
    Just created a soft money position for K–12 outreach.
  • University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science
    Thirty-two library media specialists from five states. HEA II-B Grant. Sponsors a weeklong information literacy institute.
  • University of Maine at Farmington
    Completed a formal collaboration with local school district (funded through a Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education award, which was written by the library director) after extensive discussion with area Superintendent of Schools. The award provided 3 teacher in-service workshops and 20 sessions for area school children 3–12.
  • University of Michigan
    Regularly holds workshops where high school librarians visit the university libraries to look at existing resources to see what they could use in their work with students in area high schools.
  • University of Nevada
    The Learning Resource Center is housed in the College of Education at UN. It is staffed by three school district employees and three university employees. The Center was founded 10 years ago to assist the students and professors of the University, while also assisting the teachers and student teachers of Washoe County School District. The Center is also open to private schools and other school districts.
  • University of Northern Colorado
    Planning underway for an "Information Literacy Institute" for Colorado. It will involve K–12 leaders, teachers, and media specialists as well as higher education, political, and community leaders in learning more about information literacy and why it is critical to post-HS collegiate success. This would examine the implications of and need for systematic K–16 approach to info lit instruction.. The preliminary working title is "Beyond CSAP: Critical thinking and Information Literacy" (CSAP is our state's mandated standards assessment tool for grades 3–10).
  • The University of Oregon
    Has developed a series of workshops for K–12 teachers on how to use the library, technology, etc (Teachers Day). Also, the Oregon school library system has a mechanism that is in place for discussion and delivery of ideas and information. It is a joint committee of the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon Educational Media Association. Also, Oregon recently had a governor's task force where they surveyed businesses asking what they need. Included—but not stated specifically—were critical thinking and information literacy skills.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    Established policies and procedures for collaboration with high school librarians.
  • Wayne State University – Ferndale H.S. and Northwestern H.S.
    Project funded by Herrick Foundation, local funding source ($20,000). Pilot project planned by administrative, teaching, and library staff from the university and partnering schools. Presented one-day workshop on theory and application of information literacy to representatives from both schools. They in turn planned and presented workshops at their respective high schools to identified departments. Teachers then planned a research unit integrating information literacy into the existing curriculum. The project continued for a second year and funding is currently being sought to replicate on a larger scale.