Library and afterschool partnerships: How afterschool providers are working together with public libraries

September 1st, 2017 | RESEARCH

How do afterschool programs view their local public libraries? Are they working with them, and in what ways? These are the questions that the Afterschool Alliance, along with its partners at the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and the American Library Association, wanted to answer. Overall, our goal is to build bridges between the afterschool and library fields, so that both can share knowledge and resources to better serve our youth. While our work together has primarily focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through NCIL’s project, STAR_Net (Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network) the questions posed in our survey of afterschool providers offers a broader glimpse into the many types of partnerships happening with public libraries, as well as ideas for future growth. Note that we kept our discussion of the findings brief, but you can find the full set of survey results in the Appendix, starting on page 12.



Team Members

Afterschool Alliance, Author
Paul Dusenbery, Principal Investigator
Robert Jakubowski, Co-Principal Investigator
Anne Holland, Co-Principal Investigator
Laine Castle, Co-Principal Investigator
Keliann LaConte, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1421427
Funding Amount: $2,993,877.00

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Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status | Rural | Urban
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | General Public | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Reference Materials | Report | Research | Research and Evaluation Instruments | Summative | Survey
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Exhibitions | Library Exhibits | Library Programs | Public Programs