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CRD Virtual Journal Club Summer Wrap-Up

September 10, 2021

This past summer, the College & Research Division hosted a virtual journal club, which met online three times to discuss scholarship in the library science field. The CRD Journal Club was originally established in Summer 2018, and typically runs in the summer, spring, and fall of each year. The theme for the Summer 2021 semester was librarians’ collaboration with faculty.

For the first session, the participants read two articles: “The invertebrates scale of librarianship: Finding your niche,” by Samantha Dannick, published in College & Research Library News, and “From service role to partnership: Faculty voices on collaboration with librarians,” by Maria A. Perez-Stable, Judith M. Arnold, LuMarie F. Guth, and Patricia Fravel Vander Meer, published in portal: Libraries and the Academy. The group spent a lot of time discussing different types of collaboration, noting instances which seem to be more authentic partnerships and discussing when they felt like “jellyfish” librarians, as discussed in Dannick’s article.

The second session focused on discussing the article “Kill the one-shot: Using a collaborative rubric to liberate the librarian–instructor partnership” by Nora Belzowski and Mark Robison, published in the Journal of Library Administration. The discussion focused mostly around the rubric implemented by Belzowki and Robison in their article, and how it could positively impact their own instructional scheduling and practices.

For the third and final session, participants discussed the article “Library research sprints as a tool to engage faculty and promote collaboration,” by Jenny McBurney, Shanda L. Hunt, Mariya Gyendina, Sarah Jane Brown, Benjamin Wiggins, and Shane Nackerud, published in portal: Libraries and the Academy. The discussion around the research sprints as described in the article morphed into larger conversations on librarians’ relationship to faculty, as service providers and as colleagues, which can often be complicated by a librarian’s status on campus. Job expectations and the realities of what librarians can (and should) be asked to provide also came up through conversations and examples.

This series’ discussion offered advice for forming collaborative partnerships where both parties have equal benefits from the outcome, and provided different perspectives on barriers to collaboration across different institutions.

Look for our upcoming emails and let us know at if you have any suggestions for topics/issues you would like to discuss!

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  1. September 12, 2021 8:59 pm

    Thank you for organizing these! I was able to attend the first two and got some really good ideas for reaching out to faculty to conduct information literacy sessions after a year and a half-long drought. I am happy to report that I have had wonderful feedback from faculty this fall semester and have conducted 3 information literacy sessions so far (which is a lot for me), and will be conducting a 4th later this month!

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