The article noted below was just published in the most recent issue of the Code4Lib Journal.
“Out From Behind the Firewall: Towards Better Library IT Communications” by Lisa Gayhart.
Within the the paper, she notes:
Have a Vision
The first step in any great plan is to decide on a goal. Why are we attempting to improve communications? Once articulated, distill your vision down to a single statement and use this statement to inform all of your communications planning and actions. For example, “Move from image of IT as a ‘gatekeeper’ and towards image of a partner, with a continued focus on user-first service” is a defined goal that can frame a communications planning process.
When brainstorming around goals and plans, take the time to talk with other communications resources within your library or organization. Aligning departmental communications with the brand and messages of the central institution is critical to success. Collaboration strengthens your communications process, integrates technology departments into a larger communications network, and provides consistency for your intended audience.
By Lisa Gayhart
Marcie Lynne Jacklin and Heather Pfaff wrote “Working Together: Librarian and Student Collaboration Through Active Learning in a Library Eclassroom” for Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.
From the Introduction:
Active learning techniques can be informed by several learning theories, including constructivist theory, sociocultural theory and collaborative theory. Only a limited body of library literature describes the application of sociocultural learning theory to active learning in bibliographic instruction.This paper attempts to elucidate the role that sociocultural learning theory can play in bibliographic instruction by examining the use of active learning strategies during instruction sessions for second year Biological Sciences students at a mid-size Ontario university.
“Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere” backed by provincial role in library funding
Norman Oder — Library Journal, 10/23/2009
Exerpt: “In an unusual partnership called “Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere,” all public, college, and university libraries in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, will lend all their materials to any library card-holder in the province, with no additional fees.”