Library and afterschool partnerships: How afterschool providers are working together with public libraries

Friday, September 1, 2017
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Report | Research | Reference Materials | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Survey | Evaluation Reports | Summative
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Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Library Programs, Exhibitions, Library Exhibits
General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Space science | Technology
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Low Socioeconomic Status
Afterschool Alliance

How do afterschool programs view their local public libraries? Are they working with them, and in what ways? These are the questions that the Afterschool Alliance, along with its partners at the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and the American Library Association, wanted to answer. Overall, our goal is to build bridges between the afterschool and library fields, so that both can share knowledge and resources to better serve our youth. While our work together has primarily focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through NCIL’s project, STAR_Net (Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network) the questions posed in our survey of afterschool providers offers a broader glimpse into the many types of partnerships happening with public libraries, as well as ideas for future growth. Note that we kept our discussion of the findings brief, but you can find the full set of survey results in the Appendix, starting on page 12.

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Team Members

Paul DusenberyPaul DusenberyPrincipal Investigator
Robert JakubowskiRobert JakubowskiCo-Principal Investigator
Anne HollandCo-Principal Investigator
Laine CastleLaine CastleCo-Principal Investigator
Keliann LaConteKeliann LaConteCo-Principal Investigator

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