What is Libraries 360

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What Is Libraries 360?

It all began with a goal to fulfill a need to improve student and teacher access to the library’s resources and materials. Simply put, it’s a deepening of the collaboration between schools and the public library that leverages public library resources and materials to better meet student and teacher needs. Our vision is to provide La Porte County students with equal opportunity in education to achieve overall academic success.

What inspired Libraries 360?

It’s simple, libraries = education. Students access materials and resources for self-directed education utilizing our large and diverse collections. Library instructors provide high quality research assistance and instruction that includes classes, seminars, and workshops conducted throughout area schools. We provide instructive and enlightening experiences through community and cultural events, and partnerships.

How did Libraries 360 get started?

Since 2013, library administration has been in discussion with school administration, school librarians, and teachers to determine a new service model of school/library collaboration. We have visited other library systems and researched new models of service. The outcome of this preparation is seven principal points of collaboration where libraries and schools can partner to better leverage our collective resources. This is Libraries 360.

Is Libraries 360 available to all schools?

Libraries 360 is available to all school corporations within the Library’s service district. The Library’s district includes:

  • John Glenn School Corporation
  • La Porte Community School Corporation
  • Michigan City Area Schools
  • New Prairie United Schools
  • South Central Community Schools
  • Parochial, private, and charter schools

Please contact the library to find out if your school is in the Library’s district.

To learn more about Libraries 360 services and resources available for students and teachers, email libraries360@laportelibrary.org.

Points of Collaboration

Library Card Registration for All Students

The primary goal is to make the library’s subscription databases, electronic content, and print resources available to students, both in school and at home. 24/7 accessibility of online resources expands learning opportunities for students beyond the standard school day. This process is simplified by the development of the school/library agreement for Shared Library Services which complies with the Family Educational Privacy and Rights Act (FERPA).

Educator Cards for School Staff

Libraries 360 Educator Cards give teachers and school staff access to our library’s suite of online research tools, curriculum kits, and full collection of print materials. If your school is not already in a Libraries 360 shared services agreement and you are an educator, you may obtain a card by applying in person at any location. Your Educator Card allows you to have extended loan periods, request materials, and are overdue fine exempt.

Classroom Visits

Our qualified library educators offer diverse standards-based classes in social studies, science, and language arts. In these classes the students may have opportunities to participate in hands-on technology, handle actual artifacts, and learn the area’s local history, all while meeting the curriculum requirements.

Shared Services

Combining the public library and school materials, database subscriptions, and ILS services streamlines the taxpayers’ costs and increases efficiency while greatly improving student access to resources.

Wireless Access at Public Libraries

With access to wireless internet a concern for some students, the public library is a perfect solution. There are no fees charged for wireless access. Students over the age of 14 can use meeting rooms for group projects.

Library Instructors

All La Porte County Public Library educators are fully trained with Chromebook, iPad, and Google Nexus tablets in order to demonstrate our online services to our customers. We work with school IT staff to ensure that we are current with what teachers and students are using in their classrooms.

Staff Workshops

Library educators will conduct general in-services and workshops for school staff to demonstrate our eBook access, electronic resources, and provide professional development opportunities.

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