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PEARL

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

• Design a Community Outreach Plan Template

• Assist 105 librarians in creating a Community Outreach Plan.

• Create a resource center Web site.

• Develop a virtual community among rural librarians.

• Provide annual workshops and forums in rural librarianship.

• Fund five post-graduate students to get a Certificate of Advanced Study in rural librarianship

• Provide each participating library a $1,000 Milestone Award for completing an outreach project.

OVERVIEW

The Department of Library and Information
Sciences at the University of North Texas
received funding for a three-year project to
enhance the role of the public library in targeted
rural communities in Texas.
The project will address the roles of the small
rural library as:
• A community resource.
• A gathering place for people.
• A facilitator for community partnerships.
In addition, it will provide avenues of library
training and peer interaction for rural library staff.
The project will assess how this collaborative
model for community outreach enhances the
effectiveness of rural library service in Texas.
FUNDING
The PEARL Project is funded by the Robert
and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust. The Priddy
Charitable Trust has focused on liberal
arts education, pre K-12 public education,
community health care, and rural public
libraries.
MISSION
The mission of the project is to strengthen the
public library as an essential part of community life
in rural Texas communities.
GOALS
The goals of the project are to:
Enhance community cooperation between the
target libraries and governing agencies, civic
organizations, educational and social institutions,
community leaders, and local residents.
Create individualized Community Outreach Plans
for target rural libraries and train staff in plan
implementation.
Create a web based resource center of Community
Outreach Plans and other resources useful to rural
librarians including social networking tools to
foster a virtual community.
Provide educational opportunities for rural
librarians through semi-annual meetings and
workshops.
NEEDS ADDRESSED
The four basic needs this project addresses are:
• Need for strategic community partnerships
between rural libraries and other
community organizations.
• Need for a peer support group and peer
interaction among rural librarians.
• Need for community outreach web based
resources developed specifically for rural
librarians.
• Need for specialized educational
opportunities for rural librarians.OVERVIEWOVERVIEW

The Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas received funding for a three-year project to enhance the role of the public library in targeted rural communities in Texas.

The project will address the roles of the small rural library as:

• A community resource.

• A gathering place for people.

• A facilitator for community partnerships.

In addition, it will provide avenues of library training and peer interaction for rural library staff.The project will assess how this collaborative model for community outreach enhances the effectiveness of rural library service in Texas.

FUNDING

The PEARL Project is funded by the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust. The Priddy Charitable Trust has focused on liberal arts education, pre K-12 public education, community health care, and rural public libraries.

MISSION

The mission of the project is to strengthen the public library as an essential part of community life in rural Texas communities.

GOALS

The goals of the project are to:

Enhance community cooperation between the target libraries and governing agencies, civic organizations, educational and social institutions, community leaders, and local residents.

Create individualized Community Outreach Plans for target rural libraries and train staff in plan implementation.

Create a web based resource center of Community Outreach Plans and other resources useful to rural librarians including social networking tools to foster a virtual community.

Provide educational opportunities for rural librarians through semi-annual meetings and workshops.


NEEDS ADDRESSED

The four basic needs this project addresses are:

• Need for strategic community partnerships between rural libraries and other community organizations.

• Need for a peer support group and peer interaction among rural librarians.

• Need for community outreach web based resources developed specifically for rural librarians.

• Need for specialized educational opportunities for rural librarians.

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