The data tells us patrons need financial literacy education: in 2016, the FINRA Foundation reported that 61% of US adults were not fully confident they could cover an unexpected $2,000 expense, and 54% did not have an emergency fund. But librarians may not feel prepared to offer this programming on their own. Penn State Harrisburg Library works with banks, credit unions, and government agencies to provide expert financial literacy education to college students that addresses budgeting, saving, loan repayment, investing, and entrepreneurship. This poster will address how we identify partners, select content, advertise, and assess this programming to meet the needs of our student body. Attendees will be able to consider new partnerships or ways to expand existing ones to address this important literacy in their communities.
Emily Mross– Business Librarian, Penn State University Libraries, Harrisburg Campus