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New Faculty Orientation: Collaborate!

Ways faculty librarians and professors can collaborate

Collaboration opportunities:

Library Contributions to Student Success

Among the findings:

  • Library instruction builds students’ confidence with the research process.
  • Library instruction contributes to retention and persistence
  • Students who receive library instruction as part of their courses achieve higher grades and demonstrate better information literacy competencies
  • Multiple library instruction sessions or activities are more effective than one shot instruction sessions.

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Summary of benefits:

 Teaching Faculty Benefits

  • Faculty evaluate resources before designing an assignment, which in turn leads to better student products
  • Taking advantage of a librarian's expertise makes sense and saves time
  • Facilitates the selection of Library resources for new courses and new programs
  • A better library collection in the faculty member's subject area results from increased communication
  • Faculty member gets expert advice and assistance in designing assignments that involve library resources and information literacy concepts
  • Faculty member gets personalized reference and research assistance from the librarian
Librarian Faculty Benefits
  • Collaboration helps define librarian's academic role
  • Librarians use their subject specialties and research expertise
  • Librarians are better able to help students with assignments
  • Librarians get feedback from the teaching faculty about student products
  • Gives all librarians more credibility and visibility in the academic community

Student Benefits

  • Assignments are more meaningful and better planned
  • The student learns about intellectual property
  • The student develops critical thinking skills needed to evaluate resources
  • The student becomes an independent learner and develops intellectual curiosity
  • Students do better work and learning expectations are raised

Source: Texas State Univ., Albert B. Alkek Library