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How can librarians work to improve their teaching and student learning and build relationships and community? One solution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is the creation of an Instructional Partnerships Program. The Program enables librarians to work on individual instructional goals with the help of a partner. Partner librarians help each other improve their teaching through self-directed activities of reflection, discussion, and observation. Presenters will discuss how the Program was developed and how partnerships are currently helping librarians improve their teaching skills and build supportive relationships with colleagues. With input from attendees, presenters will consider how the Program might be used in a variety of library and campus settings. Attendees will participate in an activity illustrating how partner librarians can facilitate reflection and give feedback on teaching. Benefits and challenges will be highlighted. Resources and tools produced to support partnerships will also be shared.