Partnerships for Free Choice Learning

Research Report

Partnerships for Free Choice Learning

Public Libraries, Museums and Public Broadcasters Working Together

Abstract

Cultural institutions across the country are experimenting with partnerships in efforts to expand offerings to current clients and/or broaden their appeal to reach new constituencies. These partnerships offer important lessons for institutions hoping to engage new constituencies and for policy makers concerned with broadening access to public resources and fostering creative opportunities for life-long learning. In this report, we explore a variety of partnerships across libraries, museums, and public broadcasters in seven communities. Partnership initiatives show that public institutions can be linked in ways that not only broaden opportunities for individuals but also provide unique public benefits to communities.

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