About the PLP Student Success Initiative

In Fiscal Year 2016/17, the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) and NorthNet Library System (NLS) received an LSTA grant from the California State Library for the Student Success Initiative. Fifteen public libraries from throughout Northern California, representing various sizes and governances, from small single libraries to very large systems, worked together as pilot and mentor libraries in creating partnerships local school districts to give students public library cards. Libraries and schools determine the best model for Student Success in their community, which may include a full-service library card, sharing of student IDs and data between schools and libraries, or an e-resources card.


In FY 2017/18, the Student Success Initiative expanded to a statewide grant with 51 participating libraries. In FY 2018/19, it has further expanded to over 68 libraries.


As a result of the work of the pilot libraries, PLP has created two toolkitsStudent Success Initiative Implementation Resource Toolkit  and the Student Success Resource Toolkit: A Guide to Implementing and Sustaining School-Library Partnerships. The toolkits include tested approaches that public libraries can use to establish relationships with schools and school districts, Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), introductory letters and marketing which can be duplicated, as well as case studies from the libraries about their efforts throughout the year.


Below is the presentation at the 2017 California Library Association Conference about the Student Success Initiative