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Higher Education and Assessment: Faculty and Librarian Collaboration

Collaboration

What does it mean to use 21st Century Skills in the classroom? And how can a partnership with a library strengthen this?

Different Perspectives

Image credit: Library Journal

Library Journal, in partnership with Gale, study examined faculty and academic librarian perceptions of the services offered by academic libraries, and found

  • 87% of faculty feel that the academic library is important for providing resources for their own and their students’ research

However, service priorities and the whether communication was adequate differed.

  • Librarians and faculty agreed that the central function of academic libraries is information literacy instruction and research consultation for students.
  • Librarians rate their achievement in these areas much higher than faculty did.
  • 61% of faculty rated repository services as very important or essential, compared to just half of librarians.
  • Faculty also rated services such as text and data mining, and research grant management, higher than librarians did.

Communication seems to be the biggest barrier to faculty and academic librarians seeing eye to eye, though.

  • 98% of academic librarians thought there could be better communication between the two parties
  • 45% of faculty surveyed felt the same
  • 27% of faculty felt that there was “no need” to communicate with librarians

Most cited reasons for a lack of communication included: 

  • Busy schedules
  • Lack of easy ways to foster in-person contact

A Shared Responsibility

Students as Digital Pioneers and Partners

How Wide is the Gap Between Librarians and Faculty?

Faculty Survey of Academic Library

New Teaching Opportunities for Librarians

Trust

Pew Research Center Survey found libraries top the list of the most trusted information sources

  • 78% say their local library helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable
  • 76% believe libraries help them learn new things
  • 65% argue that libraries help them grow as people
  • 56% maintain that libraries help them get information that helps them make decisions

Maine State Library survey Librarians are the second most trusted professionals out of the 22 professions studied.

  • 78% rated librarians as “very high” or “high.”
  • Only nursing was perceived more trustworthy (81%)

Changing Roles of Librarians

Librarians and Instructional Designers