Reaching beyond the campus: Part II

banner for Exhibit on Thinking Money
ALA’s Thinking Money Exhibit Banner

This is a brief follow-up to my post in December on my college library’s collaboration with the local public library on the Thinking Money exhibit. The exhibit ended in April and as a first-time collaborative project, I think it went pretty well. The college library acted as the go-between in setting up a college financial aid workshop at the public library for local high school students.  The college library created a “matching exhibit” on financial literacy for our students with handouts and flyers for related workshops and books at the public library. While the public library’s emphasis was on junior high and high school students, we made sure that we had offerings specifically for young adults/college students.  This was a first step in collaborating with the local public library and we are looking forward to more opportunities where we can build on our mutual strengths.

Reaching beyond the campus: First steps

In my quest to continue my blog writing after the Info 287 class, I decided to write about a recent exciting development that I hope will serve as a case study for “hyperlinking” between public and community college libraries. A branch of the county library located less than a mile from my college campus, was awarded the opportunity to host the traveling exhibition titled, “Thinking Money” created by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association to arrive in late March through April 2017. The exhibit will travel to a total of 50 U.S. public libraries to “ teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics such as saving, spending and avoiding fraud in a way that is not only understandable, but fun” (ALA website).

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Reflecting on the Hyperlinked Library class

In thinking back on our time together this semester, I find myself going back to past readings and lectures as I encounter certain issues at work.  This class has a made me much more sensitive, empathetic and thoughtful in my daily routine.  I can be in the middle of a meeting, or talking to a fellow staff member and, suddenly, I remember something that I read that can apply to the situation.  This begs the question: What did I do before this class?

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Reflection: The Hyperlinked Academic Library

Academic libraries today are important laboratories for student experimentation and creativity. Creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and success is a benchmark that many libraries have achieved within the last decade. Northwestern University’s libraries engaged in a participatory design exercise with input from design school students, staff and faculty. The final design submitted by the design students was very similar to the designs submitted by the architects. This is a great example of what we’ve been talking about all semester: Transparency and user-centered design are key features of the hyperlinked library.

In my library, we have just invited the Interior Design Club to evaluate our technical processing area to see how it can be streamlined for better workflow. While this area is not a public space, the fact that we seek assistance from our students sends a message that we welcome student input on library decision making.

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Reflection 4: Possibilities for partnership

The concept of libraries as a space for infinite learning was a catchphrase from the lecture that inspired me, but it wasn’t until I saw that photo of the butcher dividing a side of beef in the Kansas Library’s community room that it made an impact.  It took me out of my comfort zone, but I’m now grateful for the visual because it got me thinking about ways in which I could introduce unexpected types of learning at an academic library.

Here I will focus on two areas from the readings:  What activities could be brought to the library to make it a space for infinite learning and how do we manage these activities going forward?

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