For immediate release | October 26, 2010

Online learning session features successful museum/library partnerships

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is announcing a free, online learning session, “Museum/Library Partnerships That Work!” to be held at 2 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 18. To register for this session, visit: This session is presented by and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.

As informal education institutions, museums and libraries share similar missions and values and can benefit from forging partnerships. Benefits include resource sharing, outreach to new audiences, access to expertise and the potential for increasing goodwill and support between the organizations and the broader community. Participants will learn about a number of successful museum/library partnerships that are generating innovative programming, exhibits and creating new opportunities for outreach and how to identify potential partners and successfully manage joint projects.

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The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, Live! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information on the ALA Public Programs Office, visit


Angela Thullen