Creating, developing and documenting information literacy partnerships Clare McCluskey Academic Support Librarian York St John Universityc.firstname.lastname@example.org@librarygirl79
Partnerships?• Idea of communities of practice• Main theorist: Wenger
Themes from the literature• Promotion of library services, rather than partnerships – ‘we know best’• Accounts of embedding info skills in curriculum – but how to reach that point?• Importance of gaining views from faculty
Action research• Investigate own practice• Focus on the ‘I’• Many approaches, e.g. McNiff, Whitehead
How have I used it?• Interviews with faculty members on my role• Recordings of faculty research meetings
Over to you• Think about where you would like to build/develop partnerships• What will you do to facilitate this?• How will you measure the effects?• How will you disseminate the findings?
References• McCluskey, C. (2011) Creating information literacy partnerships in Higher Education. Library and information research, 35(111), pp. 59-72.• McNiff, J. (2010) Action research for professional development. Poole, September Books.• Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of practice: learning meaning and identity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.• Whitehead, J. (1989) Creating a living educational theory from questions of the kind, “How do I improve my practice?”. Cambridge journal of education, 19(1), pp. 137-153.