Libraries Bring Unique Assets and Expertise to 21st Century Education

March 3rd, 2015

Contact: Charlie Carroll
Communications Manager

Libraries Bring Unique Assets and Expertise to 21st Century Education
New ULC Publication Highlights Library Roles and Strategies to Build Education Partnerships

Washington, DC, March 3, 2015 – A new Urban Libraries Council Leadership Brief highlights the vital role North America's public libraries play in meeting community education needs and urges stronger partnerships to broaden impacts and improve education outcomes from cradle through career. Partners for Education examines the 21st century education landscape and highlights the progressive work of public libraries today in meeting diverse education needs in communities. It offers seven strategies to help local officials maximize the often untapped potential of libraries as education partners.

"Library leaders have long owned their roles as critical education institutions for the cities and counties they serve," said Susan Benton, Urban Libraries Council President and CEO. "Yet many local leaders and community stakeholders are too often unaware of the programs libraries provide to learners of all ages. This Leadership Brief is designed to change that by raising awareness of library education roles, assets, and programs."

The Leadership Brief gives examples of why libraries are exceptional partners in education and how libraries, governmental agencies, businesses and schools are working together to improve public education. Examples of innovative library education programs from across the country are also included.

“Libraries bring a wealth of assets and education expertise, including their status as trusted community hubs, a longtime commitment to literacy, technology tools, creative learning labs, homework help, and programs to develop workforce skills," Benton said. "Failing to leverage the library's broad capacities and community connections is a missed opportunity when the learning needs are so great."

Read the Urban Libraries Council’s Leadership Brief: Partners for Education here.