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Librarians Bridging the Gap: From High School to UniversityAcademic libraries have not typically been able to build partnerships with K-12 education in ways that could both impact our information literacy mission and the goals of our universities surrounding student achievement and academic persistence. However, these partnerships are important in the big picture, as libraries try to affect information literacy and student achievement. Partnerships with pre-university students can be accomplished in various ways, but one avenue is working through college preparation and academic outreach programs affiliated with the university. Since 2010, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries have been collaborating with the Office of Admissions on an innovative program working with high school seniors through the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA). The UNL Libraries have been able to demonstrate a strong connection with the students as they enter college, helping impact student retention and achievement statistics. Moreover, the project has improved the information literacy skills of the cohort’s students, by starting to work with them from the high school level.
Library Collaborations: Why and HowBeginning with the assumptions presented in Lewis' September 2007 College & Research Libraries article, "A Strategy for Academic Libraries in the First Quarter of the 21st Century." The presentation will explore the reasons why academic libraries will be required to collaborate both on and off campus in order to be effective in the future. It will then consider how do manage effective collaborations. Examples of collaborations such and the IU/ChaCha project and others will be presented.