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Friday, April 21 • 11:50am - 12:30pm
School and Public Library Partnerships Help Communities Thrive

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Greater Albany Public Schools and the Albany Public Library launched a partnership this school year to make sure that every GAPS student has a library card. As of Fall 2016, every student enrolled in Greater Albany Public Schools and attending a brick-and-mortar school has been able to use their GAPS student identification card as their public library card. Albany Public Library director Ed Gallagher and West Albany High School librarian Jean Gritter will discuss the specifics of this single-card program, the process they went through to get it off the ground, and the various hurdles they had to overcome along the way.


Ed Gallagher

Library Director, Albany Public Library
Ed Gallagher has worked at the Albany Public Library since 1999, the past 13 of those years as Director. Before that he was a part-time librarian at Boston College, in his home state. He has a BA from Gordon College, an MA in Islamic Studies from Hartford Seminary, and the best of... Read More →
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Jean Gritter

Teacher-Librarian, West Albany High School, OASL Advocacy Committee
Jean Gritter has worked for Greater Albany Public Schools since 2004. Before becoming the librarian at West Albany High School, she taught English in Albany and in the Portland area, mostly at the high school level. Jean is excited about advocating for strong school library programs... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:50am - 12:30pm PDT
Croisan Creek Room B Salem Convention Center