ERIC Number: EJ709044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
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Double Your Potential: Bringing on a Partner Can Give a Rural Library a Dream Home
School Library Journal, v50 n12 pS8 Dec 2004
Greene County, near Charlottesville, is a predominantly farming community with little commerce and about 15,000 residents. It has been more adversely affected by recent economic conditions than counties with a stronger tax base. Yet it is also among the most rapidly growing counties in Virginia. County resources alone would not be enough to build a new library. Library supporters realized that they needed to look for public/private partnerships that relied on a combination of funding by government, foundation, and individual donations. The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA), which serves five counties and Charlottesville, also was looking for a larger space to function as a senior center in Greene County. JABA is a private nonprofit that receives both governmental and private funding. Its mission is to provide dignity, security, independence, and fulfillment to older adults and to their families. JABA accomplishes this through health care centers, aging services coordination, case management, housing, senior centers, and much more. After some discussion, the library and JABA formed a fund raising partnership to garner money for a new facility that both institutions could share. An advantage to this type of partnership is that both partners retain complete autonomy and continue to be governed by their respective boards of trustees or directors. The partnership rests on good faith. The new GCL is an asset that enhances the lives of the residents of this rural county in ways that only a good library can.
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Nonprofit Organizations, Rural Areas, Institutional Cooperation, Shared Resources and Services, Fund Raising, Financial Support, Library Development
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia