Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations

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Discover how your library—and its patrons—can benefit from internal partnerships, collaborations, and interactions

Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations examines the ways librarians work within their own universities, municipalities, or government units to form partnerships that ensure the best possible service to their patrons. An excellent companion and complement to Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work (Haworth) from the same editors, this unique professional resource looks at the associations between libraries and faculty members, city governments, information technology departments, and research institutes. The book provides first-hand perspectives, assessments, and case studies from information professionals at several major universities, including Kent State, the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Purdue University.

Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations demonstrates the need for interaction and cooperation between libraries and non-library organizations—on campus and off. This unique book examines the elements of effective collaborations for libraries, including partnerships with campus teaching centers; helping faculty design their courses to enhance instruction; long-term perspectives in library-faculty cooperation; the creation of “collaboratories,” collaborative facilities based in libraries; and the development of campus-wide fluency in all areas of information technology and literacy.

Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations provides practical information on:

  • campus-wide committees that promote a general education information literacy requirement
  • integrating ACRL core competencies for information literacy into course content
  • using an Assessment Cycle to document the library’s contributions toward students’ success and institutional outcomes
  • partnerships that have shaped the ARL Statistics and Measurement Program
  • using information commons, and teaching and learning centers to develop collaborative services
  • digital preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETD)
  • team-taught courses in scientific writing
  • joint-use libraries
  • collaboration in collection management
  • drawing teaching faculty into collaborative relationships
  • collaborating with teaching faculty to help students learn lifelong research skills
Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations is an invaluable resource for librarians working in academic, school, special, and public settings, and for library science faculty and students.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Tedi L Brash, BSC., MLS (Seneca College)
Description: This book presents a compilation of articles written by academic library professionals throughout the U.S. covering a broad range of collaborative experiences including library initiatives that gain campus recognition, the art of faculty and interdepartmental partnerships, and the merits and complications of collaboration with communities at large.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a forum upon which to explore possible collaborative experiences outside those traditionally held by library. This is a timely and well received addition to the library literature. The practical experiences addressed in the book provide insight into initiatives that embed the library in all facets of an academic institution; its missions, values and direction. The book meets and surpasses the objectives of the author by providing a valuable account of a variety of library collaborations. The articles address both the positive and negative results of these interactions making it an insightful and effective resource for those initiating similar collaborations.
Audience: This book was written by librarians and is directed by the library population. Each contribution to the book is based on actual experiences and therefore provides an invaluable example for others to follow. This is an excellent resource upon which to benchmark.
Features: A central theme is the need for libraries to reach beyond their physical boundaries making themselves accessible to all members of the academic institution. The book explores the idea that interaction results in greater insight into the issues facing students, faculty, and the various levels of administration. This information can then be used to create programs that support the areas of greatest need. Another central theme is the necessity for libraries to actively participate in projects involving all levels of administration, even those not directly related to the library. This fosters library inclusion in major institutional initiatives. Articles address those relationships traditionally held with faculty as well as new ones being fostered with IT departments and the community at large. The progression of these relationships, the obstacles and boundaries as well as the benefits of collaboration in traditional and new-found partnerships are discussed. Several of the articles stress the need for champions to further library initiatives. Readers are encouraged to seek long-term relationships by developing a keen awareness of their collaborators' needs as well as the subject area involved.
Assessment: Overall, this book provides a valuable, direct account of the triumphs and pitfalls of collaboration, giving readers a benchmark upon which to plan and an awareness of the issues they may face. It is an excellent tool for those looking for new collaborative ventures.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Cooperation Within Institutions (William Miller)
  • The Embedded Librarian: Strategic Campus Collaborations (Barbara I. Dewey)
  • Reflections on Collaborative Teaching of Science Information Literacy and Science Writing: Plans, Processes and Pratfalls (Deborah Huerta and Victoria McMillan)
  • Teaching Centers, Libraries, and Benefits to Both (Joni E. Warner and Nancy H. Seamans)
  • A Blueprint for Progress: Collaborating with Faculty to Integrate Information Literacy into the Curriculum at Purdue University (Alexius Smith Macklin and Michael Fosmire)
  • Collaboration in Collection Management: A Convergence of Education and Practice (Margaret Beecher Maurer and Don A. Wicks)
  • Reeling ’Em In: How to Draw Teaching Faculty into Collaborative Relationships (Melissa Moore)
  • Formal and Informal Structures for Collaboration on a Campus-Wide Information Literacy Program (Jordana M. Y. Shane)
  • A Campus-Wide Role for an Information Literacy Committee (Trudi E. Jacobson and Carol Anne Germain)
  • Talking Toward Techno-Pedagogy: IT and Librarian Collaboration—Rethinking Our Roles (Juliet Habjan Boisselle, Susan Fliss, Lori S. Mestre, and Fred Zinn)
  • Collaborating to Create the Right Space for the Right Time (Jill McKinstry)
  • New Library Facilities: Opportunities for Collaboration (Joan K. Lippincott)
  • Digital Preservation of Theses and Dissertations Through Collaboration (Gail McMillan)
  • Cooperative Dimensions of a Digitization Project (Andrew Adaryukov)
  • Using the Assessment Cycle as a Tool for Collaboration (Christie Flynn, Debra Gilchrist, and Lynn Olson)
  • Sharing Technology for a Joint-Use Library (Richard F. Woods)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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