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Intrasector Collaboration


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If you've picked up a conference program lately, you are well aware that so many of the conversations that librarians are having focus on the hurdles to establishing relationships with faculty members and the issues that arise when attempting to collaborate across sectors. In honor of this year's theme, this session aims to move beyond all of that gloom and doom. Those of us having these conversations and running into these barriers are obviously very convinced of the value of collaboration so let's talk about the positives for a change--let's talk about intrasector collaboration.

This lively discussion will focus on libraries collaborating with libraries, librarians collaborating with librarians, and librarians collaborating with library school students. We'll discuss best practices for saving time, saving money, and saving the future of the profession through working with colleagues who are just as eager to collaborate as we are. Advisory board members from Libraries Thriving, the online community for librarians interested in e-resource innovation and information literacy promotion that was conceived during a 2010 Charleston Conference plenary session, will share their experience with working in these areas and attendees will be invited to join in with their stories, experiences, and questions. Come with a positive attitude towards collaboration and leave with ideas about how to better your working relationships with colleagues.

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Intrasector Collaboration

  1. 1. Intrasector Collaboration or: How WeLearned to Stop Worrying and Focus onthe PositivesAmanda DiFeterici, Sandy Hirsh, Laura Miller and Kate Sawyer
  2. 2. Agenda Librarians collaborating with library vendors Librarians collaborating with librarians
  3. 3. So Much to Share, So LittleTime Follow (and Click) Along: @LibsThriving
  4. 4. Laura MillerCredo Reference
  5. 5. Why I’m Here Credo Reference  Instructional Development Coordinator San Jose State University  Student  Intern  Participant in Library 2.012 Libraries Thriving  E-resource Innovation  Information Literacy Promotion  Collaboration
  6. 6. Amanda DiFeterici and Kate SawyerSouth University
  7. 7. Who we are South University – 10 campuses and online Subscribe to Credo Reference, Beta Testers for Credo Literati service Why this service is valuable to us –  Very active with Information Literacy  Small library staff at each campus  Projects are accomplished via committees  No in-house developers
  8. 8. What we did Generic tutorials  How to: use the library, Use Credo Reference, Find sources on a topic, Avoid plagiarism, etc. Course specific tutorials  Based on ACRL Standards of Information Literacy and Student Learning Outcomes  Average of 4 tutorials per class, 3 months Game-based Information Literacy Tutorial  4 separate sections, 6 months ongoing
  9. 9. Workflow Process Librarians InitialMeet w/ SMEs create Meeting with content Vendor Iterations • On Library Website • Used in classroom or off campus by students Finished media published
  10. 10. Best Practices We want to do Make a project plan something… but we’re not sure what! Starting from scratch or re-adapting content? Identify your objectives Refer back to standards or learning outcomes Decide on tone and scope
  11. 11. Best Practices Project leader or small Establish a workflow group works directly with vendor Set Timelines Send screenshots with any email Communication Feedback process Get buy-in from librarians, admin faculty, students Multiple iterations are ok!
  12. 12. Sandra HirshSan Jose State University
  13. 13. Cross-Field Collaboration: What We Did• Library 2.012 conference (link) • Free, multi-lingual, running 24 hours a day • 160 countries, 150 sessions, 11 keynote speakers • More than 30 conference partners (including Libraries Thriving) • Advisory board from 21 countries (e.g., Mongolia, Uganda, etc.) • Follow up to inaugural Library 2.011 conference (link)
  14. 14. Cross-Field Collaboration: What We Did• Strand 1: Libraries – Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces• Strand 2: Librarians & Information Professionals - Evolving Professional Roles in Today’s World• Strand 3: Content & Creation - Organizing and Creating Information• Strand 4: Changing Delivery Methods• Strand 5: User Centered Access• Strand 6: Mobile and Geo-Social Information Environments
  15. 15. Cross-Field Collaboration: Why We Did It• Facilitate a global conversation• Address key library and information issues• Inclusivity• Break down geographic boundaries• Showcase what is possible with online technology• Provide professional developmentopportunities• Give back to professional community• Bring together all types of librarians and information professionals
  16. 16. Cross-Field Collaboration: How We Did It• Crowd sourcing: • Keynote speakers • Speaking proposals• Roles: • Conference Chairs • Partners • Sponsors • Volunteers/Moderators • International Advisory Board • Presenters
  17. 17. Cross-Field Collaboration: Best Practices• Invite wide participation• Get partners to spread the word• Provide benefits (e.g., name on website)• Make live and recorded content available (link)• Engage students• Get involved! Library 2.013 will be inFall 2013!• Sign up for Library 2.0 network (link)
  18. 18. Cross-Field Collaboration: What We Did• Virtual Internships (link) • Can be unpaid or paid (by the host institution) • Can be all virtual or mix of onsite & virtual work • One semester (15 weeks in Spring and • Fall, 10 weeks in Summer) • Typically between 90 and 180 hours • per semester for 2 to 4 units of course • credit • Identify specific learning outcomes
  19. 19. Cross-Field Collaboration: What We Did• Examples: • Credo Reference’s Libraries Thriving • Dubai Women’s College Library • San Jose State University King Library • Yuba Community College • Marin County Free Library • San Mateo Library System • San Francisco Public Library
  20. 20. Cross-Field Collaboration: Why We Did It• Benefits - Students: • Gain relevant real-world experience • Build valuable professional connections • Get prepared for virtual work environments • Expand opportunities beyond geography• Benefits – Supervisors: • Access a larger applicant pool • Hire interns to supplement permanent staff • Save workspace, equipment and supplies • Harness innovative ideas • Revive important projects
  21. 21. Cross-Field Collaboration: Best Practices• Learn about becoming an internship supervisor (link)• Check out internship database (link)• Register your institution and submit a listing (link)• Review “tips for success” (link)• Learn about web conferencing, file sharing,• and online presentation tools (link)• Read about virtual internship students (link)• Watch site supervisor videos (link)• Contact Dr. Pat Franks for more information (
  22. 22. Thank You! Questions?Amanda DiFetericiadifeterici@southuniversity.eduSandy Hirshsandy.hirsh@sjsu.eduLaura Millerlaura.miller@credoreference.comKate