Working Together for Students' Success: Collaboration among Faculty, the Library, and the Office of Learning Support Services - long title but worthy topic, don't you think? Of course. And as I sat in that little tiny room listening to Irene Ke of the University of Houston, I thought to myself, "Well I for one am all for it!" And I felt a little smug about it too. "Yes, I share the viewpoint of the speaker!" I nodded knowingly as she described her interactions with faculty; I laughed with the rest when she said she was too embarrassed to tell an instructor that he talked to much.
But at about the half way mark, I realized that I have created this total fantasy library world in my head. Because really, what collaboration do I do? And what do I do to foster collaboration? Not much, friends and colleagues, not much.
All is not lost... for myself OR for you, Dear Colleagues. Some of you are great at collaboration with faculty, but for the rest of us who just want to get started:
- Mingle at school functions-introduce yourself! Luncheons, forums, etc.
- Be able to explain clearly what you and the library can do for that instructor's class
- Market your colleagues- maybe they're a better fit!
- Meet a likely collaborator? Go to coffee or even lunch together! (They have to eat at some point!)
- Follow up - don't let weeks go by without contacting a potential collaborator!
For this, I needed an hour long session.