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Librarian-Faculty Collaboration Benefits

Student Benefits

  • Assignments are more meaningful and better planned
  • Information literacy is integrated into the curriculum
  • Information becomes more relevant to their lives
  • The student learns about intellectual property
  • The student develops critical thinking skills needed to evaluate resources
  • The student becomes an independent learner and develops intellectual curiosity
  • Students do better work and learning expectations are raised

Teaching Faculty Benefits

  • Faculty evaluate resources before designing an assignment, which in turn leads to better student products
  • Taking advantage of a librarian's expertise makes sense and saves time
  • Faculty develop confidence in sending students to the library
  • A better library collection in the faculty member's subject area results from increased communication
  • Library services can be a recruiting tool for potential faculty and students
  • Faculty member gets expert advice and assistance in designing assignments that involve library resources and information literacy concepts
  • Library instruction can break the monotony of the class schedule
  • Faculty member gets personalized reference and research assistance from the librarian
  • Simplifies the faculty member's interactions with the library
  • Facilitates the selection of Library resources for new courses and new programs

Librarian Benefits

  • Collaboration helps define librarian's academic role at Texas State University
  • Librarians use their subject specialties
  • Librarians are better able to help students with assignments
  • Librarians get feedback from the teaching faculty about student products
  • Gives all librarians more credibility and visibility in the academic community
  • Technical and public service librarians better understand processes and programs in each other's department