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Strategic Partnerships

The Library is nurturing existing partnerships and creating new partnerships to deliver programs and services, both within library facilities and in communities.

Read to Reef - Aquarium youth education helper showing kids a horseshoe crab

Our Read to Reef Book Club is offered in partnership with the National Aquarium

worker installing a rooftop antenna

At-home internet access provided with a Project Waves antenna installed in the Southeast Anchor Library community

Objectives
  1. Establish partnership policy and criteria as well as planning and evaluation tools.

  2. Assess existing partners and partnerships and refine or clarify shared outcomes and goals when necessary.

  3. Evaluate current program, service, and collection offerings to ensure that the Library meets current needs while reducing duplication of community services.

  4. Identify new partnerships where needed to meet or strengthen programmatic and outreach goals.

  5. Make equity and inclusivity major factors in the creation and strengthening of partnerships.

During the past fiscal year, the Pratt has worked with existing partners to transition to a virtual environment, and created new partnerships in support of programmatic goals around literacy, equity, workforce development, trauma-informed services, and family and youth services.

The Library is nurturing partnerships in the community through programs like Read to Reef, Social Worker in the Library and Lawyer in the Library. The Pratt has also partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department to distribute critical information, and the Baltimore City Public Schools with the One Book Baltimore program.

Fiscal Year 2021 Progress Report

In FY21, the Pratt is working to nurture and develop strategic partnerships to expand service that benefits customers.

Pratt Library social worker smiling with mask and staff ID lanyard

Social Worker in the Library, in partnership with the University of Maryland and Morgan State University's school of social work

COVID-19 test kits handouts, December 2021

Distribution of COVID-19 rapid tests to thousands of Baltimoreans, in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department

Initiatives

The Library is nurturing partnerships in the community through programs like Read to Reef, Social Worker in the Library and Lawyer in the Library. The Pratt has also partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department to distribute critical information, and the Baltimore City Public Schools with the One Book Baltimore program.

Achievements

  • Successfully transferred programs to a virtual and hybrid environment
  • Entered new partnerships with a focus on Digital Equity
  • Focused on equity, civil rights, health, vaccinations, voting, and census as well as literary and cultural programming

Progress

The Library is in the beginning stages of completing this goal.

In FY 2022/2023 the Library will focus on finalizing the partnership evaluation tool, surveying partners for IMLS equity, focusing partners on key organizational focus areas for FY 22/23 (digital literacy/equity, health equity, workforce development, youth engagement and literacy).

Q1 FY2022 Snapshot

blue infographic of Goal 2: Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships Goal: Develop tool by end of Q4 to assess partnerships and provide metrics to partner success.

More Information
Social worker in the library - masked worker listening and writing

Social Worker in the Library


Social Worker in the Library provides free one-on-one advising from a social worker, no appointment necessary.