November 28, 2015

New Article: “Co-Teaching Relationships Among Librarians and Other Information Professionals”

The following article appears in the latest issue  (released today) of Collaborative Librarianship (Vol 4, No 4).


Co-Teaching Relationships Among Librarians and Other Information Professionals


Ann Medaille
University of Nevada, Reno

Amy W. Shannon
University of Nevada, Reno


Collaborative Librarianship
Vol 4, No 4


This article uses the co-teaching experiences of workshop instructors at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries as a basis for an in-depth exploration of the factors that lead to successful co-teaching arrangements among librarians and other information professionals. The experiences of these instructors demonstrate that co-teaching can provide numerous benefits: It can enhance the learning experience for students, it can provide a method for refining teaching skills, it can promote successful collaborations across departments, and it can bring innovative ideas into the classroom. Drawing on collaboration research from the Wilder Foundation, this study found that successful co-teaching relationships are characterized by factors related to environment, partnerships, process and structure, communication, purpose, resources, and external/long-term considerations. Within these seven areas, guidelines for successful co-teaching relationships have been formulated for use by librarians and other information professionals.

Direct to Full Text Article (17 pages; PDF)

See Also: Complete Table of Contents of Collaborative Librarianship (Vol 4, No 4).

Also from Medaille and Shannon: “Integration and Collaboration: Leveraging IT/Library Cooperation
by Combining Traditional Research Instruction with Technology Training” (1 page; PDF)

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