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Exploring Faculty-Librarian Collaboration

An inventory of examples and materials helping to explore faculty-librarian collaborations.

Characteristics of Collaborations

The characteristics of successful faculty-librarian collaborations most often mentioned in the literature are:

  • shared goals
  • shared language
  • mutual respect
  • overlapping competence
  • ongoing communication

Starting Points in the Literature: Journal Articles

Bennett, O., & Gilbert, K. (2009). Extending liaison collaboration: Partnering with faculty in support of a student learning community.

     Reference Services Review, 37(2), 131-142. doi:10.1108/00907320910957170

Bolan, J., Bellamy, P., Rolheiser, C., Szurmak, J., & Vine, R. (2015). Realizing partnership potential: A report on a formal collaboration

     between a  teaching and learning centre and libraries at the University of Toronto. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 8,


Christiansen, L., Stombler, M., & Thaxton, L. (2004). A report on librarian-faculty relations from a sociological perspective. Journal of

     Academic Librarianship, 30(2), 116-21.

Divay, G., Ducas, A. and Michaud-Oystryk, N. (1987). Faculty perceptions of librarians at the University of Manitoba. College &

     Research Libraries, 48, 27-35.

Donham, J., & Green, C. W. (2004). Developing a culture of collaboration: Librarian as consultant. The Journal of Academic

     Librarianship, 30(4), 314-321.

Doskatsch, I. (2003). Perceptions and perplexities of the faculty-librarian partnership: An Australian perspective. Reference Services

     Review, 31(2), 111-121.

Ducas, A. M., & Michaud-Oystryk, N. (2003). Toward a new enterprise: Capitalizing on the faculty/librarian partnership. College &

     Research Libraries, 64(1), 55-58.

Given, L. M., & Julien, H. (2005). Finding common ground: An analysis of librarians’ expressed attitudes towards faculty.  Reference Librarian, 43(89/90), 25-38.

Ivey, R. (2003). Information literacy: how do librarians and academics work in partnership to deliver effective learning programs?

     Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 34(2), 100-113.

John-Steiner, V., Weber, R. J., & Minnis, M. (1998). The challenge of studying collaboration. American Educational Research Journal,

     35(4), 773-783.

Lindstrom, J., & Shonrock, D. D. (2006). Faculty-librarian collaboration to achieve integration of information literacy. Reference &

     User Services Quarterly, 46 (1), 18-23.

Lippincott, J. (2000). Librarians and Cross-Sector Teamwork. ARL Bimonthly Report 208/9. Retrieved from

Meulemans, Y. N.; Carr, A. (2013). Not at your service: building genuine faculty-librarian partnerships. Reference Services Review,

      41(1), 80-90. doi: 10.1108/00907321311300893

Sanborn, L. (2005). Improving library instruction: Faculty collaboration. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(5), 477-48.

Starting Points in the Literature: Books, Websites, and Grey Literature

Cook, D. (2000). Creating connections: A review of the literature. In D. Raspa & D. Ward (Eds.), The collaborative imperative: librarians

     and faculty working together in the information universe (pp. 19-38). Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries.

Johnson, K., & Magusin, E. (2005). Faculty-librarian collaboration in online teaching and education. In Exploring the digital library: A

     guide for online teaching and learning. pp. 89-100. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Specific Collaborations

Specific collaborations described in the literature include:

  • first year literacy / survey courses
  • international student programs
  • psychology and educational psychology courses
  • business and management programs
  • science and technology courses and programs
  • problem-based and case-based learning
  • online learning

Starting points in literature:

Bowers, Cecilia V. McInnis; Chew, Byron; Bowers, Michael R; Ford, Charlotte E; Smith, Caroline; et al. (2009). Interdisciplinary Synergy:

     A Partnership between Business and Library Faculty and Its Effects on Students' Information Literacy. Journal of Business & Finance

     Librarianship, 14(2), 110-127.

Cheney, D. (2004). Problem-Based Learning: Librarians as Collaborators and Consultants. Portal : Libraries and the Academy, 4(4),


Gunnarsson, J., Kulesza, W., and Pettersson, A. (2014). Teaching international students how to avoid plagiarism: Librarians and faculty

     in collaboration. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3-4), 413-417.

Leckie, G. J., & Fullerton, A. (1999). Information literacy in science and engineering undergraduate education: Faculty attitudes and

     pedagogical practices. College & Research Libraries, 60(1), 9-29.

Pritchard, Peggy A. (2010). The Embedded Science Librarian: Partner in Curriculum Design and Delivery. Journal of Library

     Administration, 50(4), 373-396.