This report examines and discusses the Baltimore Library Project. Established in 2011, the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (the Library Project) is a public-private partnership of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools and nearly 40 nonprofit and corporate partners. The Library Project’s goal is “to transform inner-city school libraries into inspirational spaces in order to impact educational achievement”. The report states that the Library Project is becoming a strong example of the power of public-private partnerships to leverage resources to benefit children in low-income communities. The researchers conclude by stating that the groundwork is in place and early evaluation data is promising for furthering this project’s goals. This is the opportune time for partners to nurture their investments in these 21st-century libraries.
Falkenberg, N., Gould, D., Davis, M., & Sheldon, S. (2017). Report on the Baltimore library project: Years 1-3. Owings Mills, MD: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2017/01/Library-Report-Web-Jan31.pdf