• Librarian-Faculty Collaboration: An Imperative with Transformative Implications

      Ward, Dane; Illinois State University (2008-05-02)
      Meaningful and productive collaboration between librarians and faculty remains a significant, though frequently elusive goal for many academic institutions. Paradoxically, while the depth and power of collaboration emerges from the interactions between librarians and faculty, the possibilities for success often results from various institutional factors. Authentic collaboration does not exist in isolation. It is found in colleges and universities that act on their belief in the potential of these relationships to benefit students, faculty and staff. In this presentation, we will explore various understandings of collaboration, as well as the barriers and pathways to success. Perhaps most importantly, we will discuss and highlight individual and organizational actions that facilitate a capacity to manifest the collaborative imperative. Interdisciplinary research on caring and community-building, organizational culture and learning organizations will provide the basis for this presentation and discussion.