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Collaboration, Embedded Librarianship, and Information Literacy in a Small Business Course: A Professor–Librarian Duoethnography

International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education

ISBN: 978-1-83909-453-8, eISBN: 978-1-83909-452-1

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 26 August 2020

Abstract

Although a great deal has been written about the challenges and opportunities for collaboration between librarians and professors in higher education, most recommendations for faculty–library collaboration are written by librarians, published in librarian-oriented venues, and rely on second-hand accounts of professorial perceptions and experiences. Dialogue between librarians and professors is missing. In this chapter, the authors present a duoethnographic inquiry into a librarian–professor collaboration: the authors collaboratively examine their four years working together on the senior seminar course “Small Business Management” at Acadia University, Canada. In considering the evolution of their course and their collaboration, the authors reflect on six dimensions of their experiences: the way their collaboration has shaped the course learning outcomes, the value the authors have derived from collaboratively reflexive teaching, the workload tensions the authors have navigated, the challenge of “fitting in,” and the role of library champion. The authors then conclude with four insights from their professorial–librarian collaboration that might be transferable to other contexts of higher education: the importance of openness, collegiality, time for collaboration, and attention to the cultural gaps between professorship and librarianship.

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MacNeil, R. and Wentzell, B. (2020), "Collaboration, Embedded Librarianship, and Information Literacy in a Small Business Course: A Professor–Librarian Duoethnography", Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P. and Cox, M.D. (Ed.) International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 183-197. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120200000026011

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