May 17, 2022

Journal Article: “Exploring Data Literacy via a Librarian-Faculty Learning Community: A Case Study”

The following article (open access) was recently published by The Journal of Academic Librarianship.


Exploring Data Literacy via a Librarian-Faculty Learning Community: A Case Study


Theresa Burress
University of South Florida

Emily Mann
University of South Florida

Tina Neville
University of South Florida


The Journal of Academic Librarianship
Volume 46, Issue 1, January 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2019.102076


Faculty learning communities (FLCs) are year-long professional development opportunities available at many higher education institutions in the United States. While the literature reflects some librarian engagement with FLCs, it seems limited primarily to areas of traditional librarian expertise such as information literacy and outreach. This article describes a case study of a librarian-facilitated FLC focused on data literacy, which resulted in the development of a teaching toolkit, library-led data literacy instruction, and ongoing collaborations between librarians and faculty. The FLC structure proved to be a valuable framework that facilitated collaborative learning in topics relevant to both disciplinary faculty and librarians. In addition, the tangible work products produced by the FLC serve to advance the strategic, curricular goals of the university while giving the library an opportunity to showcase its value in the academic lifecycle.

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