We are looking for examples of successful working relationships between academic libraries and academic departments at US universities
We want to hear about your experience.
Come forward and talk to us about what is happening in your library!
‘Working together: evolving value for academic libraries’ is a study based around case studies of academic libraries which are providing particularly good and/or innovative support for teaching and research staff, including faculty outreach programs.
If you think your library has something interesting to offer, please get in touch with us!
In first instance, all we need from you is a short paragraph or list of the work your library is doing in supporting teaching and research staff, to assist us in the selection process.
Case study methodology outline
In each case study institution we are looking to interview:
• 2 members of library staff, including an academic liaison Librarian or equivalent
• 1-2 members of faculty (ideally including an individual in a library liaison role)
• An individual with an institutional perspective, e.g. senior management team member with responsibility for the Library, Pro-Vice Chancellor or Dean.
The case studies are being undertaken during March and April 2012. Interviews will be conducted by telephone, at a pre-arranged time to suit the interviewees. With permission of the interviewees, the interviews will be recorded to assist with note taking. We anticipate that each of the interviews will last no longer than 45 minutes. Email will be used for any follow-up queries that may be necessary.
The interviews will be tailored to individuals, but will focus on the following broad areas:
• What is the perception amongst faculty of the value of the library? How does this differ from the librarians’ perception of what teaching and research staff think? How can such differences be addressed?
• How are librarians promoting their resources and services to faculty? What effect does this have on perceptions of the library?
For library staff and those with senior management responsibility for the library, the following topics may also be discussed, as appropriate:
• What evidence of value do libraries have already, and how do they use it?
• How are libraries measuring their value to teaching and research staff?
• What are the drivers behind library evidence of value?
• What gaps exist in the evidence base, with particular relevance to library value to teaching and research staff?