2015 NACo Achievement Award
Promoting Online Homework Help to Teens
Awarded by the National Association of Counties
In October 2012 Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) launched two online services for library customers, Credo Homework Help and Literati. Both are products of the company Credo Reference. Credo Homework Help includes help from a "live" teacher with math, reading or writing for students in grades 3-12. Literati Public allows library customers to search the full-text of online versions of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects. Access to these online resources was provided to Virginia's public libraries by the Library of Virginia. HCPL teen librarians coordinated with Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) to get the word out about these new services, especially Credo Homework Help. Mandy Arnold, Teen Librarian at Tuckahoe Area Library, used several techniques to get the attention of middle and high school students, including in-person presentations at schools, videos and pizza parties.