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Writing Center/Library Collaboration


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Presentation exploring collaborative efforts between libraries and writing centers.

Presentation exploring collaborative efforts between libraries and writing centers.

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    • 1. Writing Center/Library Collaboration for Student Achievement by Julie Poole and Andrea Stanfield COMO - October 17, 2008
    • 2. Objectives - Briefly report on previous developments in this area of study -  Discuss advantages/challenges of writing center/library collaborations - Discuss how to measure outcomes quantitatively in terms of student retention, return of investment, student success - Brainstorm best practices and ideas for an immediately usable collaboration format/workshop/etc.   - Discuss possibilities for sharing past and current collaborations and outcomes
    • 3. Previous Developments & Collaborations
      • Sharing Space
        • Allows opportunity for presence at one another’s meetings
        • Referrals are easier
        • Opportunity to share resources – handouts and computers
        • Sharing virtual space
    • 4. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d)   Sharing Space – Examples Mount Union College Information & Literacy Center – Information Literacy Studio University of Kansas – Writing Center Satellites Eastern Michigan University – Academic Projects Center
    • 5. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d)
      • Cross-training
        • Ensuring knowledge of purposes and goals of each department
        • Creating consistency in services provided by and between departments
        • Tutor-training often focuses on interaction with students which may help with referrals
    • 6. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d) Cross-training – Examples Colorado College – Librarian trained as writing tutor works regularly in writing center. University of New Hampshire at Manchester – Effort to ensure peer tutors understood basics of academic research and information literacy (White & Pobywajilo) Georgia Perimeter College/Lawrenceville – Librarians and library staff attended Learning & Tutoring Center training
    • 7. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d)
      • Providing Joint Services
        • Presenting collaborative workshops
        • Working in classrooms with writing lab staff, instructors, and librarians
        • Sharing handouts and making referrals
    • 8. Previous Developments & Collaborations (cont’d)
      • Providing Joint Services - Examples
          • University of Washington, Bothell - A decade of collaboration (Leadley & Rosenberg)
          • Rutgers - Presenting research & writing as a "single, interlocking process" (Tipton & Bender)
          • University of Louisville - Librarians as instructional consultants (Yohannes & Johnson article)
    • 9. Advantages of working together
      • Keeps Library & Writing Center
      • Visible and Relevant
        • Presents team-player image to administration
        • Increases collaboration with faculty for both departments
        • Increases status/stature of writing center and library professionals
        • Provides opportunity to share resources
        • Creates seamless delivery of services – “One Stop Shop”
    • 10. Advantages of working together (cont’d)
      • Promotes Student Success & Retention
        • Similar pedagogy between units leads to more active learners
        • Similar pedagogy lends itself to working toward same goals
        • Gives librarians and writing tutors understanding of where their pedagogy & goals crossover , making it easier to help students see the big picture and "seek meaning rather than the right answer" (Hook) 
        •   Collaboration between departments creates a learning community for students
        •   Collaborative efforts can create ways to reach at-risk and non-traditional students , which promotes student retention
    • 11. Challenges of working together
        • Inconsistencies w/technologies, missions, goals 
        • Loss of control
          • Librarians
          • Faculty
          • Writing Tutors
        • Time restraints and work load
    • 12. Challenges of working together         (cont'd)
        • Geographical distance if not part of a learning commons model
        • Space constraints
        • Lack of administrative support
        • Costs
        • If collaboration is not embedded as part of both departments, the collaboration may be fleeting at best (Currie & Eodice)
    • 13. Measuring Outcomes
        • Grades / passing standardized writing tests
        • In-class assessments such as the one minute paper, muddiest point, etc. (Stewart)
        • Improvement of grades/writing skills (must include faculty/course instructors in evaluative process)
        •   Sharing of assessment outcomes with students to show them their own successes/failures
    • 14. Brainstorming Session
        • Have you collaborated with your writing center?
        • What assessment methods do you use to assess writing and research skills?
        • What types of collaborations seem the most feasible?
        • What types of collaborations seem to be the most helpful for students?
        • Sustainability - what efforts can be made to ensure continuation of collaboration after key players move on?
        • Are there artificial academic boundaries created within institutions (budgets, departments, other)?  If so, how can they be removed or blurred?  Are there any boundaries that are necessary to maintain? 
        • How can faculty be a part of this collaboration?  Is it possible to collaborate effectively without faculty involvement?
        • Is it better to implement these types of projects from the bottom up or from the top down?
    • 15. Ongoing Project
      • Possibilities for sharing:
      • Working Bibliography – add citations/links to it
        • Wiki, google pages, google groups, listserv, blog, facebook, etc.
        • Which would you prefer??
    • 16. Questions??
      • Anything else you would like to add or see us add to the presentation? Anything we missed?
      • Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.