Through 2017, the Penn State Abington Library will lend museum passes to faculty, staff and students as part of a new pilot program. Jennifer Hunter, reference and instruction librarian at Abington, proposed the pilot and it was selected for $1,500 of funding through the inaugural Chancellor’s Grants competition.
Passes are free and can be checked out for up to five days at the Woodland Building library. Each pass admits a specific number of guests and some offer discounts at museum shops and for dining and special programs. The library guide provides specific information on each pass.
Nine institutions, most of which are easily accessible by public transportation, agreed to participate:
- Academy of Natural Sciences
- African American Museum
- Battleship New Jersey
- Elmwood Park Zoo
- Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
- National Constitution Center
- National Liberty Museum
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Philadelphia’s Magic Garden
Abington Chancellor Damian J. Fernandez awarded the funds from the Albert and Suzanne Lord Chancellor Endowment in the fall for efforts that include programs targeting freshman and first-generation students for success in college.
The grants fund new programs, activities and initiatives that are innovative and sustainable. The winning proposals support student engagement, retention and graduation; fresh approaches to academics and teaching; seed funding for larger projects; and robust community partnerships for service learning and civic education.