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Collaboration & Advocacy

Explore suggestions on forming collaborative relationships and advocacy for Information Literacy Education.


Collaboration between teaching faculty and librarians is fundamental to information literacy.

  • Collaboration is based on shared goals, a shared vision, and a climate of trust and respect. Each partner brings different strengths and perspectives to the relationship.
  • The professor brings an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and interests of the students, and of the content to be taught.
  • The librarian adds a thorough knowledge of information skills and methods to integrate them into the course, pedagogical knowledge for teaching these skills and an understanding of student’s frustration with the research process.

Successful collaboration requires carefully defined roles, comprehensive planning and shared leadership.

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The following information provides librarians with some suggestions and ideas for information literacy advocacy and collaborations. See also the faculty and administrators section.

  • Give a department chair or professor a copy of the Information Literacy Framework or Standards and describe how they can be used in classroom assessment and program accreditation.
  • Be aware of the accreditation review cycle for your department and introduce the IL standards as an assessment tool.
  • Approach other campus organizations working with assessment or competency standards. Introduce yourself and start by listening to their challenges.
  • Ask a professor with whom you are currently working, what their greatest challenge is in terms of student research paper quality. Propose a way to address that one challenge.
  • Ask to see course syllabi and review each for research projects. Discuss options for library guidance with their research project. Use the strategy to start a dialog and proceed later with more options.
  • Team up with one faculty member to design assessment tools for a library research project. Use it as a springboard for other classes and collaborations.
  • Find funding opportunities such as on-campus faculty development grants. Set up partnerships with individual faculty to apply for those grants.
  • Start an Information Literacy Discussion group on campus.
  • Identify high school teachers and high school media specialist interested in collaborations. Review the AASL/ACRL Transitions Toolkit for recommendations. 
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