“A Case Study in Collaboration”

The article, “A Case Study in Collaboration: Assessing Academic Librarian/Faculty Partnerships”, by Deborah B. Gaspar and Karen A. Wetzel just appeared in the November 2009 issue of College & Research Libraries. An ACRL login and password is needed to view the final version of the article. The preprint is freely available here.

Undergraduates attending The George Washington University are required to take courses in the University Writing Program. When it was introduced in 2004, this innovative program institutionalized collaboration between librarians and writing professors. The program was designed to support the university’s strategic goal to enhance challenge, discovery, and quality in student education. Beginning in 2005, instruction librarians crafted a survey to elicit anonymous feedback from their faculty partners to measure the impact of the library partnership on student learning. The survey is administered annually to explore faculty perceptions and monitor trends. Responses to the survey identify significant strengths resulting from this collaboration as well as specific topics needing further attention.

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