Learning Through Community Effort: Collaboration for Increased Project Success

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The Libraries Thriving Learning Community, organized by Credo Reference and LYRASIS, invites members to think about and engage on key current issues with the aim of developing approaches, solutions and responses that demonstrate the effectiveness of individual library professionals as well as libraries' effectiveness within the institutions of which they are a part. Since February, community participants have been engaging in a variety of interactions, primarily online, to explore and experiment with the kinds of individual and institutional actions needed for libraries to thrive. Join this session to learn about this innovative online collaboration and to hear details about how you can join a similar group in an upcoming learning community.

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Learning Through Community Effort: Collaboration for Increased Project Success

  1. 1. Learning ThroughCommunity EffortCollaboration for Increased ProjectSuccess June 25, 2012
  2. 2. Best Practices1. E-mail laura.warren@credoreference.com withLibraries Thriving questions or comments.2. Share comments and questions in the chatbox.3. Visit the Libraries Thriving Discussion Forum tocontinue the conversation after today‟s session Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  3. 3. The Background Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  4. 4. Top Five Reasons for Participating in a Learning Community1. The Ideas2. The People3. The Connections4. The Accountability5. The Success Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  5. 5. 1. The Ideas Librarian-Faculty Collaboration, Library Design,Educational Technology—what other topics would you like to cover? Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  6. 6. 2. The People Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  7. 7. 3. The Connections Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  8. 8. 4. The Accountability Project Log Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  9. 9. 5. The Success Online Seminar Series—Summer 2012
  10. 10. LESSONS LEARNED Caitlin Bakker Wilfrid Laurier University cbakker@wlu.ca
  11. 11. Reasons for Collaboration • Interdependence • Resources • Expertise • Power • Politics • Risk-Taking
  12. 12. Types of Collaboration• little c collaboration (between individuals)• Big C Collaboration (between organizations)• Middle ground between the two? (between departments and groups)
  13. 13. “If the academic library is at the center ofa liberal education, then librarians mustaggressively pursue options to partnerwith teaching faculty and others….” (Harvey & Dewald, 1997)
  14. 14. • Collaboration to reflect changes in higher education • The shift to considering the social construction of knowledge (see Nussbaum, 2008)• Not only acting as collaborators, but facilitating that movement for students, faculty, etc.
  15. 15. Design of Physical Space• The physical design of libraries to support the social dimensions of learning• The library as building the university community and acting as a third place • Places which “exist outside the home and beyond the „work lots‟ of modern economic production. They are places where people gather primarily to enjoy each other‟s company (Oldenburg & Brisett, 1982, 269)
  16. 16. Creation of Digital Space• The Three Rs have been replaced by the Three Cs: Contributing, Collaborating, and Creating• A means of overcoming limitations (time, distance, budget, etc.)• A way of serving the enormous projected growth of students (263 million by 2025)
  17. 17. Take Away Librarianship is aninherently collaborative profession. We need to embrace and expand on this in all of its manifestations in order to best meet theneeds of our users and institutions.
  18. 18. References• Bennett, S. (2006). The choice for learning. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32(1): 3-13.• Gjelten, D. (2012). Academic library design. Presentation for Libraries Thriving. April 11, 2012.• Hargadon, S. (2009). Educational networking: The important role web 2.0 will play in education. Retrieved from http://www.scribd.com/stevehargadon/d/24161189-Educational-Networking-The- Important-Role-Web-2-0-Will-Play-in-Education• Hargadon, S. (2012). Educational technology. Presentation for Libraries Thriving. May 9, 2012.• Harvey, K. & Dewald, N. (1997). Collaborating with faculty in preparing students for the asynchronous classroom. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/whitepapers/nashville/harveydewald• Oldenburg, R. & Brissett, D. (1982). The third place. Qualitative Sociology, 5(4): 265-284.• Nevins, K. (2012). Collaboration. Presentation for Libraries Thriving. April 24, 2012.• Nussbaum, E.M. (2008). Collaborative discourse, argumentation, and learning: Preface and literature review. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33(3): 345-359.

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