Last week Jennifer Castaldo and Anita Norton presented a poster at the Fourteenth Off Campus Library Services Conference. This conference is offered every two years and focuses on issues involving providing library resources and services to distance education faculty and students.

Our poster, Collaboration Leads to Integration: A model for embedding library resources into online learning, describes how we work with one of our partners to collaborate at the ground level of the course development process.

Click this exerpt from the poster to view a PDF of the full poster:

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What does this mean? Each time a course is developed or revised we are in on a conference call involving the faculty member, instructional designer, program director, and liaison librarian.  In these calls we discuss the customized resources and services that we can provide to help enhance the course content and student learning.

From July 2009-March, 1 2010, we had forty-one calls, and thirty-one of the calls resulted in the use of the library’s resources or services in courses.   We have also created a form that lives in the course development template so that faculty members can request library resources or services at their point of need.  This process helps to initiate relationships with faculty before the course is even created, makes use of reliable academic resources and familiarizes the students with the library’s offerings.

We look forward to continuing this process and welcome any comments or questions.

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