LOEX Conference Proceedings 2011

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Quality Collaboration: Partnerships Across the Academy

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It's a classic problem: students in library instruction trying to research a topic without adequate preparation, or worse, having no topic at all. This was the number one problem identified when University of Tennessee Chattanooga library instructors and English Composition teaching faculty met in focus groups last summer. Learn how the UTC library used focus groups to partner with Freshman Composition teaching faculty to identify major problems, create innovative solutions, and collaborate to implement a completely refreshed 1st year library instruction program.

The results so far have been extremely satisfactory. Our partnership with Freshman English Composition faculty has resulted in library instruction that is an integral part of the Composition courses. We are making strong connections with students in library sessions that are closely coordinated with course assignments. Through this partnership, we have solved some issues that plague most library instruction programs.