By Bruce Rosenstein
Effective communication and collaboration between librarians and faculty sounds great in theory. But in practice it's not always so easy. Fortunately, some recent articles give great guidance on how to get the most out of this relationship, and boost student success in the bargain.
"Faculty‐librarian collaboration in improving information literacy of educational opportunity program students" discusses how librarians and faculty teamed up to teach basic information literacy skills to "socio-economically disadvantaged students" at Rider University, in New Jersey. The article was written by librarians (Ma Lei Hsieh and Sharon Yang) and faculty (Susan McManimon) at the school. "For many years," the authors point out, "librarians at the Moore Library have worked closely with the Communication and journalism faculty on incorporating information literacy (IL) skills into the Speech Communication course to help students build a solid foundation of research skills for their academic work."