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).
Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions: Best Practices in Developing Library-Press Collaborations
In 2012, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed library directors, deans, university librarians, and university press directors with the objective of mapping similarities and differences in operational and financial structures as well as practical differences. 42 library leaders and 41 university press directors responded to a set of 32 questions that could be answered by either audience. In 2013, follow-up interviews were conducted with 22% of the respondents, focusing on the “why” of library publishing services, and requesting detail on certain aspects of library-press relationships.
Here is another article by someone from Temple University.
“A Story of Conflict and Collaboration: Media Literacy, Video Production and Disadvantaged Youth” by Elizaveta Friesem, Temple University
Media literacy educators talk about the importance of developing essential social skills, such as collaboration, by using video production in the classroom. Video production with disadvantaged youth can also play a role of art therapy, as students use their creativity to come to terms with traumatizing pasts. This paper offers an account of a media literacy intervention that involved making videos with a class of foster youth. Using the methodology of portraiture, I describe highlights and pitfalls of collaboration that one of the teams experienced. I focus on moments of conflict, unleashed creativity and transformation brought by one video project.
There a several new articles that are about collaboration in the new College & Research Libraries News, such as these:
Get ready for a long night: Collaborating with the writing center to combat student procrastination, by Ilka Datig and Luise Herkner.
Tooling up: Scholarly communication education and training, by Maria Bonn
Scholarly communication programming and services can also be built through campus collaborations. Libraries can find aligned partners in campus publishing efforts, such as university presses, in the general counsel’s office and/or law schools, in media studies departments, in offices of research and, of course, in the scholars who populate their campuses and who are often keenly interested in the conditions under which they communicate and propagate their research findings.
Collaborations can also be built within the libraries themselves, by bringing together staff with expertise in a variety of areas into working groups or planning committees to define areas of need and to suggest and develop programming to meet such need.
This article just came out in the new issue of the School Library Monthly, Volume XXX, Number 6/March 2014.
Leadership: Collaboration for Summer Reading” (PDF)
Many school librarians and administrators have often wondered why the vast and various resources housed in the physical space of the library are not available to students and families during school breaks and the summer months. For many children and youth, the school library is the closest and most familiar (and free!) provider of reading material for independent reading. Whether they are seeking books and magazines for pleasure reading or to answer their questions and gain specific knowledge, the school library is their resource and the school librarian is their go-to person. In most districts across the United States, however, school libraries are closed for the summer and are shuttered over for fall, winter, and spring breaks.
This article was just published in the BCLA Browser: Linking the Library Landscape, Vol 6, No 1 (2014)
“BC public libraries take a collaborative step forward in support of service excellence” by Barbara Kelly and June Stockdale
June Stockdale, Chief Librarian at the Nelson Public Library and Barbara Kelly, Project Manager on behalf of the BC Libraries Cooperative for the Digital Learning Objects Repository, invite everyone to be part of the growing conversation about a new service that will make the sharing of program and training ideas, templates, outlines, and scripts easy and effective.
This is a great article in the new C&RL News.
“The first sparks of collaboration: Participating in job interviews for faculty candidates” by Brett Spencer.
As shown by many inspiring articles in C&RL News over the past few years, academic librarians are energetically seeking ways to spark collaborations with teaching faculty and build partnerships that enrich the learning experiences of our students. Librarians often have their first opportunity to meet a new faculty member when the prospective professor comes to campus for an interview. Perhaps you’re a liaison to an academic department, and the department brings faculty candidates over to the library so that you can give them a quick tour and highlight the array of information resources they could access if they accepted positions on your campus. I think these library visits are great opportunities to kindle relationships with new faculty. This article offers some questions to consider when preparing for faculty interviews, based on tips and advice that I’ve received from outstanding teaching faculty and seasoned library colleagues over the years.