Curricular Collaborations: Using Emerging Technologies to Foster Innovative Partnerships

Curricular Collaborations: Using Emerging Technologies to Foster Innovative Partnerships

Susan M. Ryan (Stetson University, USA) and W. Tandy Grubbs (Stetson University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0323-1.ch004
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Abstract

As libraries make the transition from information repositories to centers of learning, librarians are under pressure to collaborate more effectively with other academic units and departments. At the same time, classroom faculty feel pressure to experiment with innovative teaching methods, to provide experiential learning opportunities, to be more interdisciplinary and collaborative, and to engage their students more proactively. A 3D printing curricular collaboration between a library and an academic department is presented that illustrates the importance of collaboration and innovation, the changing mission of libraries, the learning styles of millennial students, and the benefits of experiential learning. The chapter explores in-depth both the opportunities presented by curricular collaborations and the challenges to providing technologies in a curricular context.
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Academic libraries are experiencing transformational change - rather than just housing and disseminating information, libraries are transitioning into multi-purpose learning centers. To meet the contemporary academic library mission of active involvement in teaching and learning, librarians must explore ways in which today’s students learn and how we can best support their academic development. Rapidly evolving and emerging technologies offer new opportunities for libraries to partner with academic departments to design technology-infused curricula that enhance teaching and learning. Librarians should feel challenged to ensure that their students have the information and technology literacy skills to deal with a rapidly changing information world.

As libraries make the transition from information repositories to centers of learning, librarians are under pressure to broaden their missions and collaborate more effectively with other academic units and departments. At the same time, classroom faculty feel pressure to experiment with innovative teaching methods, to provide experiential learning opportunities, to be more interdisciplinary and collaborative, and to engage their students more proactively. This chapter opens with a discussion of the changing mission of libraries, and the importance of collaboration and innovation. The authors will then explore research on the learning styles of millennial students and the benefits of experiential learning, and detail potential collaborations with academic departments in developing innovative uses of library-housed technology to support curriculum development and faculty and student research. The chapter will describe both the opportunities presented by curricular collaborations (support of mission; library relevancy and visibility; marketing and promotion; fundraising; student research and learning; and librarian, faculty, and student publication and presentation possibilities) and the challenges to providing technologies in a curricular context (collaboration barriers; management of technology; costs; hardware and software issues; time commitment; staffing; and level of mediation required). To ground the discussion with an illustrative example, a 3D printing curricular collaboration between a library and an academic department will be featured. The chapter will close with measures of success and a discussion of how libraries can develop their own curricular collaborations.

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