LIBRARIAN/FACULTY COLLABORATION: POOLING OUR TALENTS & RESOURCES
librarian faculty collaboration
librarian faculty instruction
librarian faculty "information literacy"
librarian faculty "reference assistance"
librarian faculty "sponsored programs"*
Collaborative projects between
librarians and teaching faculty are
typically centered around instruction in
the use of library resources.
*Each segment of the pie chart represents the results of a
Google Scholar search May 2008
Regina Beard, Business Librarian
Taking Advantage of an
K-State Tilford Group Incentive Grants
facilitate collaborative teaching projects
and programs across campus.
The Tilford Group is comprised of
interdisciplinary faculty, administrators,
and students charged with
developing a multicultural
curriculum model to facilitate
the total K-State student
Grant funds used to:
• Host a two-day workshop
including an invited speaker
• Pay for publicity materials
• Pay for DVD production
• Pay library resources
Our Talents and Leveraging Our Resources
to Provide Student Programming
Regina Beard, Business Librarian
While academic librarians are expected to reach out to faculty to promote library services,
specifically instruction in using library resources, less often does faculty think of working with
librarians on projects that may only tangentially relate to library use. Librarian/faculty
opportunities for non-instructional programming might take more time to identify and
implement, however, these types of projects are facilitated at K-State University, in part, by the
Tilford Incentive Grants. The grant program, sponsored by the Tilford Group (http://www.kstate.edu/tilford/),
was created to “encourage the infusion and assessment of the Tilford
multicultural competencies (found on the website) with the educational experiences of our [K-
State] students” and includes a component that not only
encourages collaboration but also provides an
opportunity for improving the dialogue between
teaching faculty and librarians.
The graph represents the results of several Google
Scholar searches and is meant to illustrate some
component of instruction or information literacy
programs that librarians are expected to participate in
versus the wider ranging programs that may or may not
have direct connection to the use of the library or its
resources but would benefit users as well as foster
The grant proposal included components that required active student participation in
classroom activities (Internet Journalism) and the completion of a substantive library research
assignment. The librarian acted primarily as consultant, resource person, grant editor, and
publicity person, in addition to sponsoring several workshop sessions. The Libraries’ graphic
design intern created the poster and postcards publicizing the event.
The collaborative efforts of the business librarian and the faculty member resulted in a
workshop targeted to student journalists, featured a professional reporter whose presentations
included effective Internet search and resource evaluation techniques, a very natural expansion
of the research efforts students might undertake for scholarly research. The workshop
facilitator, investigative reporter Bill Dedman, conducted several sessions over the two-day
event. Topics included web research, writing/reporting, evaluating Internet sites and
information, and one-on-one sessions.
• Attendance at the library-hosted sessions was less than anticipated, although that might
have been due to some sessions being repeated.
• Grant guidelines required tangible evidence that the program achieved what it set out
to. In this case, the students produced a short DVD including interviews with the
workshop facilitator, subjects whose stories became part of the class assignments, and
student reaction to the assignments.
• Students achieved a greater of awareness of diversity issues and expressed an increased
sensitivity to differences: racial, sexual, religious, etc.
The Tilford Group - http://www.k-state.edu/tilford/history.htm
Internet Journalism (student-produced DVD)
K-State Libraries Communications team
Regina M. Beard