Closing the Word Gap: How a Museum/Library/Research Partnership Created Community Impact through Parent Education

How can collaborations between researchers, museums, and libraries create impact in the community? How can libraries serve as effective sites for parent education? Staff from Chicago Children's Museum and the Thirty Million Words Initiative will illustrate how they partnered with the Chicago Public Library to translate research-based messaging into a public exhibit (The 3T's: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns) aimed at empowering parents and closing the word gap. Participants will gather insights on how to build effective partnerships, how to effectively reach parents, and how to strike a balance between providing information and hands-on interaction.

Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will be able to identify tactics for building successful partnerships with researchers and museums. 
2. Attendees will be able to identify the qualities of effective research-based messaging for exhibits in libraries (such as tone, quantity, scope). 
3. Attendees will recognize how to develop meaningful audience outcomes.

Who Should Attend

This session is appropriate for library administration as well as all staff serving children and their parents/caregivers.


There are four presenters for this session, each bringing their unique perspective and experience in building multi-organizational partnerships that serve children and families:
  • Natalie Bortoli is the V.P. of Programming and Experience Development at Chicago Children's Museum.
  • Elizabeth Hanson-McChesney is the Director of System Wide Children and Family Services for Chicago Public Library.
  • Jennifer Farrington is the President and CEO of Chicago Children's Museum.
  • Beth Suskind is the Co-Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at The University of Chicago Medicine.



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How to Register

If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.

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Individual Rate
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Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Kristen Figliulo
ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026