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ERIC Number: EJ977446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
School and Public Library Collaboration
Vincellete, Pete; Queen, Priscilla
School Library Monthly, v28 n4 p14-16 Jan 2012
More than 60,000 students attend over seventy schools comprising the Douglas County School District (DCSD) in Colorado. It has been a consistently high-performing district, with a reputation for being among Colorado's elite. Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is a nationally recognized state-of-the-art public library system with seven branches serving about 300,000 citizens. Among its many offerings is a large selection of online subscription resources aimed at helping patrons with their research needs. The school district and the public library system share the same geographical boundary. This means that DCSD's student population is made up of DCL patrons, so DCL's contracts with online resource vendors are designed to provide access privileges for all public library patrons. While the DCSD has been forced to deal with tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts each year for several years in a row, the DCL has also seen their revenues decrease. When the DCSD planned big savings by cutting all database subscriptions, the DCL saw an opportunity to increase its database usage and demonstrate the value of the public library to the entire community. All in all, this collaboration has saved county taxpayers $100,000 each year. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado