By working together toward common goals, we have the potential to make a "collective impact" toward 21st learning skills. In order to foster longer-term collaborations, it is critical for new collaborators to have a "short-term win." Hear about the process that brought the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) into close collaboration, beginning with identifying a common audience, hosting a events at the museum for library patrons, and offering joint professional development to secure buy-in. These small steps led to institutional commitment that continues with summer learning programs and more. NASA, Earth, and celestial events also have high enough visibility to attract the attention of the broader local community and bring resources together for a common purpose. These high-profile events might include the 2017 solar eclipse, International Observe the Moon Night, Earth Day, NASA mission events, NASA traveling exhibits, “NASA Science Saturdays,” and afterschool programs or clubs. Each event is an opportunity for library staff and their collaborators to celebrate “short-term wins” in engaging their communities in NASA science and exploration.
Join us and take home NASA resources for hosting your own high-impact events with collaborators in your community!
Content Area: Transforming: Services
Interests: Adult Services, Children’s Services, Community Engagement, Outreach Services, Partnerships, Professional Development, Public Programs, Public Services, Rural and Small Libraries, Training, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Consortium, Joint Use, Public, Regional System, Rural, State Library
Cost: Included with full conference registration.