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The Benefits of Librarian Leadership in University Teaching and Learning Centers: An Overview and Case Study

Author(s): Lisa Klopfer | Randal Baier | Stuart A. Karabenick

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Eastern Michigan University | Faculty Development | Information Literacy | Academic Libraries

At Eastern Michigan University, librarians became active leaders on the university-wide Teaching and Learning Resources Team. In that role we collaborated to plan integrated services with the directors of various faculty support offices, including the Faculty Center for Instructional Excellence (FCIE), the Center for Research Support (CRS), and the Center for Instructional Computing (CIC). As a consequence of this collaboration, the support centers were able to design programs that were more successful in meeting faculty needs, and library outreach programs themselves were strengthened. This case study demonstrates the mutual positive benefit derived from librarian leadership in faculty development and teaching and learning programs. Our paper contains specific examples of how librarians can promote information literacy and library learning while supporting faculty development and teaching and learning programs. We show how librarians epitomize the link between classroom skills and the newer concerns of computer literacy and information literacy. Based on our survey, we conclude by suggesting the types of librarian support and collaborative arrangements that would be most beneficial to faculty development or teaching and learning programs.
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