Collaboration between school librarians and STEM teachers

This is a recent Masters thesis by Janet Bader at the University of Central Missouri.

Strengthening the connection between the school library and math and science

There is a need to increase student achievement and career entry in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This paper is a review of the literature regarding the lack of existing collaboration between school librarians and math and science teachers and methods to increase this collaboration in order to increase student achievement in these areas. Results of the review indicate that when a collaborative relationship exists between school librarians and math and science teachers, student achievement improves.

Academic – Public Collaboration

Collaboration on the Summer Side: University Students Totor at Jacksonviille Public Library

Excerpt: “In a tutoring session to help students organize story ideas, Erika Orlowski, elementary education major, directed four boys seated around a table at the Southeast Regional Library, part of the Jacksonville (FL) Public Library system, to write a topic sentence on the top of a hamburger bun. The three main story ideas were to be written on a leaf of lettuce, a slice of tomato and a rather thick burger, with the finishing thought to be placed on the bottom of the bun─all drawn on paper, of course.

Big bunch of items from various sources

Most of these are articles, but this one is a presentation.

A Very Embedded Librarian: Using Captive Audiences (and a Bus) to Build Collaborative Relationships” by Alexander J. Carroll

The first step to creating collaboration opportunities is building relationships with faculty. For science librarians at major research universities, this poses a significant challenge as research faculty often work at research sites far from campus. This talk will highlight the experiences of a science librarian who, along with several other new faculty hires, embarked on a statewide bus tour of a number of university affiliated research sites. The talk will demonstrate how taking advantage of captive audience opportunities can give a librarian access to faculty who otherwise might never open their doors to collaboration.

Collaboration Success in the Dataverse Libraries as Digital Humanities Research Partners” by Sue Owen, Deb Verhoeven, Anne Horn, and Sabina Robertson

At Deakin, the Humanities Networked Infrastructure project (HuNI), has paved new ground for facilitating the effective use and re-use of humanities research data. HuNI is one of the first large-scale eResearch infrastructure projects for the humanities in Australia and the first national, cross-disciplinary Virtual Laboratory (VL) worldwide.

And, here are some IFLA papers.

Reparation through reading: a collaborative approach to adult and family literacy in Western Australian prisons” by Jane Jones.

An estimated 70% of adult prisoners in Western Australia have literacy issues to some extent. Poor literacy is generational – parents with low literacy skills struggle to support their children in attaining the experiences they need to develop good reading habits and school readiness skills. Therefore supporting the literacy needs of prisoners gives them a better chance of finding a job or continuing their education on release and can contribute to breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy.

Literacies for academic and professional purposes: Two collaboration projects with the University Library” by Ika Jorum, Maria Eklund Heinonen

Academic literacies among high school students and university students have been a highly discussed topic for several years in Sweden as well as other countries. Results of PISA show that high school students’ reading skills deteriorate and university teachers have given alarming reports on students’ decreasing abilities on the critical assessment of sources and academic writing.

Collaboration for school library legislation and school library development in Sweden” by Maud Hell

The importance of school libraries in Sweden has varied. For a long time, they were mentioned in the Library Act, but they were not mandatory. Over the last decade, important stakeholders collaborated in the effort to change the legislation. In 2011, the Swedish Education Act made access to school libraries mandatory for all types of schools. Advocacy engagement led to this change in legislation. Advocacy is still needed, for defining development and refining the legislation.

The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale


Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among U.S. librarians, scholars, educators, and technologists since the early 1990s. Efforts led by a range of organizations—such as the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and others—have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historical records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Scores of institutions have digitized vast numbers of materials held in U.S. libraries, archives, and museums, making available a shared cultural heritage in ways unimaginable not so long ago.

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Qualitative Study on Research Collaboration

LIBER Quarterly published an article on research collaboration in UK academic libraries  in its recent issue. The article discusess the results of a qualitative study undertaken by Sheila Corrall from the University of Pittsburgh to explore how libraries are organizing resources and services to support research endeavors.

Full Citation:
Corrall, S. (2014). Designing libraries for research collaboration in the network world: An exploratory study. LIBER Quarterly, 24 (1). ISSN 2213-056X

The full text of the article is available here.

A collaboration of researchers, librarians, library students, and ants

Dorothy Barr recently wrote “The Ants Go Marching: Interns’ and Librarians’ Roles in a Global Collaboration” for the Spring 2014 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. From the abstract:

This paper describes how five Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) students worked on GAP and AntWiki, finding and collecting PDFs of articles; posting online those that are out of copyright; searching for and uploading portraits of taxonomists; and creating a page on Antwiki on Human Culture and Ants. The project thus became a collaboration of researchers, librarians and library students to further the world’s knowledge of ants, the “little creatures that run the world” in E.O. Wilson’s words (Upton 1995).

Cross-Institutional Collaboration in Ireland

Maria Rogers and Keith Brittle presented “The Benefits of Cross-Institutional Collaboration” at the DBS Annual Library Seminar on June 13, 2014. They even gave a plug for the journal on page 7 (PDF). Thanks!


This presentation discusses inter-institutional collaboration in the Higher Education sector in Ireland with a particular focus on academic library collaborative initiatives and networks. It begins by asking ‘what is collaboration’? and where collaboration sits within a continuum of partnership. It highlights that true collaboration requires invested parties to relinquish a certain degree of autonomy in order to achieve a common goal. Key collaborative networks and initiatives within the sector are listed with a particular focus on the history of collaboration between academic libraries. Collaboration between private higher education institutions is discussed with particular emphasis on perceived barriers and changes that are bringing about increased collaboration. Cooperative and collaborative exchanges between DBS and NCI are also discussed as well as opportunities for future collaborative projects.