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Saturday, June 8 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Achieving More Together: The Story of a Partnership Between a University and Public Library

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Public libraries need to evolve and grow in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of surrounding communities. In Saint John, NB, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Saint John Free Public Library (SJFPL) have formed an innovative partnership whereby university students and librarians mutually benefit by researching (UNB) and implementing (SJFPL) best practices in the library.

Experiential education has the potential to increase students’ civic knowledges and aptitudes (King, 2018; Westheimer & Kahne, 2004). By engaging students in service learning with the Saint John Free Public Library, students can find applications for their disciplinary knowledge in their communities.

In January 2019, five social science students from UNB joined the Saint John Free Public Library (SJFPL) for a class project. These students gained valuable experience working with the public, identifying needs in our community, and planning/executing health programs at the library. In this presentation, we will discuss the partnership, a province wide initiative, between SJFPL and UNB, which has been ongoing since September 2018.

We will discuss future partnerships between UNB and SJFPL, offer advice to other public libraries with limited funding and the impact this partnership has had on both UNB and SJFPL.

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Dr. Sarah King

Director, Office of Experiential Education, University of New Brunswick
Sarah King is the Director of Experiential Education at the University of New Brunswick. Her research interests focus on community-engaged teaching and learning, higher education, and the Atlantic Canadian region. She is excited to share some thoughts about the potential for partnership... Read More →
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Courtney Pyrke

Community Services Librarian, New Brunswick Public Library Service
Courtney is a Community Services Librarian the Saint John Free Public Library (NBPLS). She is passionate about community engagement and collaboration, mentorship, information literacy skills, and marketing/advertising in libraries. Courtney’s formal background and training is in... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
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