Event Title

Collaborative Resource Sharing Between the Prospect Elementary School Library and the Oberlin Public Library

Location

King Building 343

Document Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 2:50 PM

Abstract

My research examines the relationship between the Prospect Elementary School library and the Oberlin Public Library (OPL). A new collaborative project between these libraries, initiated this year, involves the librarian at the elementary school checking out approximately fifty OPL books per month. Then, said librarian brings the books to Prospect for students to check out there. Through ethnographic methods, including participant observation at Prospect’s library and informal interviews with educators and librarians, I explore how the relationship between these two libraries is able to enrich each organization’s mission. This work serves as a case study of small community organizations working together in sharing resources to benefit young people.

Keywords:

library, nonprofits, education, Oberlin community

Notes

Community-Engaged Research Panel
Session I, Panel 6 - Lorain | County
Moderator: Gina Pérez, Professor of Comparative American Studies

Major

Comparative American Studies

Advisor(s)

Shelley Lee, Comparative American Studies; History

Project Mentor(s)

Gina Pérez, Comparative American Studies

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Apr 28th, 1:30 PM Apr 28th, 2:50 PM

Collaborative Resource Sharing Between the Prospect Elementary School Library and the Oberlin Public Library

King Building 343

My research examines the relationship between the Prospect Elementary School library and the Oberlin Public Library (OPL). A new collaborative project between these libraries, initiated this year, involves the librarian at the elementary school checking out approximately fifty OPL books per month. Then, said librarian brings the books to Prospect for students to check out there. Through ethnographic methods, including participant observation at Prospect’s library and informal interviews with educators and librarians, I explore how the relationship between these two libraries is able to enrich each organization’s mission. This work serves as a case study of small community organizations working together in sharing resources to benefit young people.