ULC Education Leaders Explore Data-Sharing Between Public Libraries and School Systems

September 14th, 2016

More and more, public libraries are developing partnerships with school systems to better align goals and data to improve community education outcomes. For example, by establishing partnerships between School District Superintendents, Library CEOs, and Mayors/County Officials, many cities and counties involved in the White House Library Card Challenge are merging data processes to ensure that all students have access to needed library resources. In a recent conference call, ULC's Education Leaders member group explored challenges and strategies for establishing data-sharing agreements with schools and other organizations.

During the call, facilitator Liz McChesney of Chicago Public Library (CPL) discussed how CPL partnered with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to link with citywide youth data to demonstrate learning gains made by participants in CPL's Summer Learning Challenge. Katie Cerqua of Virginia Beach Public Library shared how the Library establishes partnership agreements with Title I schools in Virginia Beach Public Schools to assess learning gains made by participants in their Summer Slide Partnership Program, as demonstrated by gains made on the schools' reading assessment. Many other call participants discussed where they are in the process of building such partnerships with schools and school systems.

Visit the ULC Knowledge Center to view a number of examples of data-sharing agreements/MOUs from our members, including Virginia Beach Public Library, in the Education and Lifelong Learning category or by searching keywords such as "agreement" and "partnership." Help us grow this database of library resources by sending your MOU/data-sharing agreement to Katherine Behrens.