The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today jointly announced the creation of a broad initiative to spark collaboration among local public broadcasters, museums and libraries, harnessing community educational resources in new and more meaningful ways.
Read the whole press release here.
And only a few weeks ago, Bob Martin, the Director of IMLS gave a talk at an IMLS-sponsored workshop titled "Charting the Landscape/Mapping New Paths:Museums, Libraries and K-12". Read the whole thing here.
The need for collaboration among publically funded cultural institutions was something we noted while doing research for the OCLC Environmental Scan. Two of the documents that are included in our bibliography were by George D'Elia and Corinne Jorgensen on behalf of the Urban Libraries Council: Collaborations Among Public Television Stations, Public Radio Stations, Public Libraries and Museums: The Results of a National Survey and National Survey of the Markets for Museums, Public Libraries, Public Television, Public Radio and their Engagement in Informal Learning Activities.
Dr. Martin closed his talk to conference participants this way:
In the 21st century environment of rapid change, schools alone are not enough to foster the ability of our youth to learn throughout the lifetime. We need to embrace a bold new vision of learning. We need to think beyond our institutional boxes. Libraries, museums, and schools are all important elements in this web of learning. This "Charting the Landscape" conference provides an opportunity for us to consider ways in which we can further a seamless infrastructure for K-12 teaching and learning. The time to do this is now.