ERIC Number: ED448784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Institute of Museum and Library Services: Identification and Analysis of Library and Museum Partnerships. Final Report.
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
One component of the National Leadership Grants (NLG) program of the Institution of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to promote collaboration between museums and libraries. This research assesses NLG program potential and gathers insights to help IMLS facilitate library/museum partnerships. The research: provides an estimate of the percentage of libraries that have engaged in partnerships with museums in the United States within the past 2 years, provides details on partnership activities, and assesses partnership needs. More than three-quarters of all 250 libraries surveyed (77%) have partnered with other organizations within the past 2 years, partnering most often with schools or other educational institutions (80%) or other libraries (78%). Libraries also partner with a variety of private and public organizations, including government agencies (35%), corporations or local businesses (28%), cultural organizations (26%) and private organizations (25%). Academic libraries tend to partner with organizations much like themselves; public libraries tend to engage in cross-sector collaborations. Academic libraries are significantly more likely than public libraries to partner with other libraries (86% versus 71%, respectively). Public libraries are significantly more inclined than academic libraries to partner with government agencies (42% versus 26%, respectively). In general, libraries are less likely to partner with museums than with other institutions. Only 16% report that they are currently partnering with a museum or have done so within the past 2 years. Among those libraries that have not engaged in a museum partnership within the past 2 years, some react favorably to the notion, although nearly as many say they would not consider a museum partnership. Almost half (44%) of those not currently involved in a museum partnership would consider such collaboration in the future. About one-fifth (17%) is undecided. More than any other variable in the survey, availability of outside funding is most predictive of whether libraries that have not recently engaged in partnerships would consider partnering with museums in the future. Recommendations to IMLS are provided. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.