Begun in 1984 the Brigham Young University–Public School Partnership (BYU-PSP) is a joint venture between the McKay School of Education and the School Districts of Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch. The foundational principle of BYU–Public School Partnership is that the improvement of public education requires teacher training institutions and public schools to work collaboratively to affect positive change in teacher education and student learning. The facilitating arm for the initiatives of the BYU-PSP is the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). The CITES office is located on the BYU campus, within the McKay School of Education. Initiatives in the partnership fall under four categories: professional development, partnership programs, grants and funding, and research and publications. In the partnership, relationships are built, resources are shared, and collaboration and honest communication take place. Through this process and consensus, growth and improvement have occurred, thus bringing about positive change in teacher education as well as student learning, both at the university and public school levels.
A part of the resources that are shared in the partnership are the collections in the Harold B. Lee Library. Through the BYU-PSP, educators in the participating districts are able to check out materials from the circulating print collections of the library. Off-site access to non-circulating print collections and subscription online databases is not available through this program, but these resources may be accessed on-site. This service is provided free of charge to the partnership school districts.
Privileges are granted at the presentation of employment verification and other documentation at the Harold B. Lee Library. Employment verification consists of a school or district ID card or the partnership employment verification form signed by the employee and the school principal or district superintendent. Other required documentation includes a state issued photo ID and a postmarked delivered piece of mail that shows a current address. When a BYU-PSP members brings employment verification along with the other documentation to the Lee Library, he/she will be granted library privileges and issued a BYU ID card, which acts as their library card. Library privileges are good for the current school year. In being issued library privileges, the holder of the privileges takes all responsibility for the loss or damage of an item and is responsible for all fees associated with replacement costs.
Questions about library access though the BYU-PSP should be referred to the following individuals:
Rachel Wadham, Education Librarian
Jo Ann Larsen, Circulation Manager