Presentation Title

3A: Academic and Public Library Partnerships: A Success Story

Session Length

45 minutes

Location

IB 1010

Start Date

27-4-2020 2:15 PM

End Date

27-4-2020 3:00 PM

Abstract

It’s a common perception that public and academic libraries are separate entities. While there are many differences, both institutions share a commitment to increasing access to information, information literacy, and community engagement. What are the outcomes when public and academic libraries work together?

Focusing on a 5 year collaboration between the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Library, this session will demonstrate how collaboration between academic and public libraries can benefit a whole community of library users. Donna Langille (UBCO) and Chris Stephenson (ORL) will discuss the creation and impact of the UBC Innovation Library, an interdisciplinary and inclusive space located within ORL’s downtown Kelowna branch. The Innovation Library provides community members access to many of UBC Library’s electronic resources. This Kelowna partnership connects the community with university resources and facilitates knowledge exchange between UBC Okanagan and the public. It has also led to some unexpected surprises, benefits, and opportunities including co-hosting the 4th Annual Sugarplum Ball, a community event celebrating diversity and inclusivity.

The presenters will each discuss this partnership from their perspective and provide examples from their own experiences of how academic and public libraries can support each other through sharing resources, cross-promoting events, and joint programming. This session will provide participants with strategies for building a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with their local public/academic library and present many examples of innovative actions to take towards creating a successful partnership.

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3A: Academic and Public Library Partnerships: A Success Story

IB 1010

It’s a common perception that public and academic libraries are separate entities. While there are many differences, both institutions share a commitment to increasing access to information, information literacy, and community engagement. What are the outcomes when public and academic libraries work together?

Focusing on a 5 year collaboration between the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Library, this session will demonstrate how collaboration between academic and public libraries can benefit a whole community of library users. Donna Langille (UBCO) and Chris Stephenson (ORL) will discuss the creation and impact of the UBC Innovation Library, an interdisciplinary and inclusive space located within ORL’s downtown Kelowna branch. The Innovation Library provides community members access to many of UBC Library’s electronic resources. This Kelowna partnership connects the community with university resources and facilitates knowledge exchange between UBC Okanagan and the public. It has also led to some unexpected surprises, benefits, and opportunities including co-hosting the 4th Annual Sugarplum Ball, a community event celebrating diversity and inclusivity.

The presenters will each discuss this partnership from their perspective and provide examples from their own experiences of how academic and public libraries can support each other through sharing resources, cross-promoting events, and joint programming. This session will provide participants with strategies for building a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with their local public/academic library and present many examples of innovative actions to take towards creating a successful partnership.