Collaborating for Student Success: A Model for Librarian Embedding in Faculty Blackboard Courses

Judy Xiao

Abstract


This paper presents a faculty-librarian collaborative course model for information literacy. Course-specific library resources and information literacy instruction are integrated seamlessly into the faculty Blackboard course. The librarian works with the faculty in the planning and designing of the library component and shares with the faculty the responsibilities of teaching students effective research skills and the task of evaluating student progress. Technologies are also used to enhance teaching and learning, including tutorials, discussion boards and blogs, plagiarism detection tools Turnitin and SafeAssign. Results suggest that librarian-faculty collaboration in  Blackboard online courses helps improve student learning and foster information literacy.  The author describes this model in detail, discusses its benefits and challenges, and offers recommendations for successful librarian-faculty collaboration.

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