Three Ways to Improve the Faculty-Library Collaboration

Technology | September 10, 2018

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When it comes to faculty-library collaboration, there are many tactics to evaluate and employ to bridge the gap. One of the tactics up for consideration is tools and technology that easily allow faculty to use the library’s resources.

When it comes to faculty-library collaboration, there are many tactics to evaluate and employ to bridge the gap between faculty and librarians. One tactic is to leverage tools and technology that easily allow faculty to use the library’s resources. A reading list product like Curriculum Builder is a powerful tool for both the library and the faculty. Implementing Curriculum Builder, along with a robust marketing plan, can ensure success with faculty and drive usage of your library’s collection. Whether you’re a current customer of Curriculum Builder or already use a reading list tool, these three points can help improve the faculty-library collaboration.

Host a Special Event

Improving faculty-library collaboration starts with understanding the challenges faculty experience in their roles. One challenge revolves around students’ “technology expectations”. Today’s students are accustomed to apps, devices and tools that make any action (studying, researching, and even taking a course) as easy and user-friendly as possible. The library can use these expectations to their advantage by becoming a leader in these types of technologies. By establishing your library’s reputation as a tech leader, faculty will turn to the library to enhance their courses through technology. Hosting a special tech-themed event is a great way to increase faculty-library collaboration. Consider an idea such as “How to Better Integrate Technology into your Course,” and use it to present a reading list tool like Curriculum Builder. as well as other tech-focused solutions that can improve the overall course experience for students (and for faculty).

Improving faculty-library collaboration starts with understanding the challenges faculty experience in their roles.

Share a Success Story

Testimonials are a great way to not only demonstrate the effectiveness of faculty-library collaboration, but help skeptics overcome objections they may have to using a reading list tool. To generate a success story, connect with faculty members who are using your reading list tool, or who are interested in starting to use it, and work to optimize the tool for their course. At the end of the semester, meet with those faculty members to understand how the tool worked for them and receive tips they developed by using the tool. Use their feedback to create a success story and share with others to encourage interest.

Go Beyond the Reading List

To continue the faculty-library collaboration, an open dialog and communication around new resources, as well as unique features in existing tools, can help keep faculty interested in library resources. If you have a multifaceted reading list tool, you can show faculty how extensible this tool is by encouraging them to hold weekly forum discussions based on readings, create glossaries and class questionnaires, assign a graded quiz on reading list selections, and create offline assignments creating a seamless experience for students.

Want to see more ways to build better faculty-library collaboration? Download our infographic, “Six Ways to Win Over Faculty with Curriculum Builder”.

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