Category Archives: Higher Education

Collaboration at ACRL 2015

The 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference took place in Portland, OR from March 24-28, 2015. There were several panels, papers, and posters relating to collaboration in libraries.

A highlight of the collaboration related sessions with online materials:

Achieving Big City Dreams at Small Town Libraries: How Seven Regional College Libraries Used Collaboration and Adobe Captivate to Create an Online Information Literacy Tutorial Program
Speakers: Adrianna Lancaster, Sharon Morrison, Allison Embry, Chelsea Baker
Session Format: Panel Session, Assessment

Build Sustainable Collaboration: Developing and Assessing Metaliteracy Across Information Ecosystems
Speakers: Alex Hodges, Alison Thomas
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Teaching & Learning

Collective Strengths: Institutional Repositories & Communities of Practice
Speakers: Sarah Beaubien, Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Sarah Shreeves, Claire Stewart
Session Format: Panel Session, Scholarly Communication

Digital Humanities in Ten Pages or Less! Engaging Students with Digital Texts through Sustainable Collaboration
Speakers: Judith Arnold, Graham Hukill, Julie Thompson Klein
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

Keep it Green: Leading Sustainable and Successful Online Teams
Speakers: Carrie Moran, Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, Beth Filar-Williams, John Jackson
Session Format: Panel Session, Leadership & Management

Leveraging Library Ecology: Growing Beyond Boundaries to Cultivate a Sustainable Knowledge Community Through Team-Based Librarianship
Speakers: Ellen Urton, Meagan Duever, Casey Hoeve, Jenny Oleen, Livia Olsen, David Vail
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Sustainability

Leveraging OA, the IR, and Cross-department Collaboration for Sustainability: Ensuring Library Centrality in the Scholarly Communication Discourse on Campus
Speakers: Todd Bruns, Steve Brantley
Session Format: Contributed Paper, Scholarly Communication

Partners in Design: Consortial Collaboration for Digital Learning Object Creation
Speakers: Glynis Asu, Barbara Norelli, Peter Rogers, Beth Ruane
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

Teeming with Technology, Teaming with Technologists: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Primary Source Literacy
Speakers: Ben Murphy, Melissa Salrin, Kaitlin Justin
Session Format: Panel Session, Technology

You Can Succeed Here! Making Connections through Library Outreach from Grades 3 to 13
Speakers: Jamie Hazlitt, Christina Sheldon, Lettycia Terrones
Session Format: Panel Session, Teaching & Learning

The full schedule can be found here.


Two Iowa institutions will collaborate on humanities research

This is a nice article in Inside Higher Ed concerning a collaboration between a college and a University in Iowa.

Grinnell College and the University of Iowa are using the digital humanities to bridge the physical distance and institutional differences between their campuses.

Over the next four years, the two institutions will encourage students, faculty and staffers to form “new kinds of teams” to collaborate on humanities research and use digital resources in the classroom. Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the initiative, titled Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, is being billed by university officials as the first time the foundation has supported a direct partnership between a public research university and a private liberal arts college.

Article about university press and library collaboration in JLSC

Roh, C. (2014). Library-Press Collaborations: A Study Taken on Behalf of the University of Arizona. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(4):eP1102.

BACKGROUND The University of Arizona Press moved under the University of Arizona Library both physically and administratively a few years ago, echoing a trend amongst university presses: 20 AAUP members now are under the administration of university libraries. To understand the new evolving relationships in scholarly communication, a review of university press and library collaborations was undertaken by the University of Arizona Press and the University of Arizona Library through the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP).

How well do LIS students collaborate when seeking out information?

This was presented at the most recent ASIS&T meeting.

PDF – Collaborative Information Seeking (CIS) Behavior of LIS Students and Undergraduate Students: An Exploratory Case Study

Within the text, it was noted that:

Participants enumerated several positive aspects of collaboration. Almost all of them agreed that having a second opinion was the most beneficial aspect of collaborative search. Participants mentioned that by collaborating on different tasks, they gained knowledge on new search strategies, features, filters, and limitations available on different databases and search engines and distinctive searching styles.

It takes collaboration to support university research and visualization

CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment by Bryan Sinclair, Georgia State University


CURVE: Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment is a new technology-rich discovery space supporting the research and digital scholarship of Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff. Located at the heart of the Georgia State campus within the University Library, CURVE’s mission is to enhance research and visualizations by providing technology and services that promote interdisciplinary engagement, collaborative investigation, and innovative inquiry. The centerpiece technology, the interactWall, is a touch enabled, 24-foot-wide video wall designed for collaborative visual and data-rich research projects. Seven additional collaborative workstations, including an advanced 4K workstation, feature high-powered PCs and Mac Pros that allow users to work with and manipulate large images and datasets. Each workstation is equipped with a large display that can accommodate up to six people, allowing multiple groups to work together on a research problem.

Collaboration Article in Archival Practice

Lori Birrell and Marcy Strong from the University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries have published an article in Archival Practice that details a collaborative effort between catalogers, reference subject specialists and special collections librarians to process manuscript collections.

The article discusses how their experience could form the foundation of a model for sustainable collaboration in the academic library. The full text can be found on the journal’s website.

Nature article on Online Collaboration

Nature released the results of a survey of over 3,500 researchers on their use of social networks for collaboration.

The results are broken down by research area, and explore the frequency and depth of use by researchers. The full, open access article is available online.