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This paper aims to demonstrate that academic library cooperation is not only limited to work with other institutions but also includes partnerships with related campus units. The primary goal of interdepartmental collaboration is to enhance student success, a common institutional priority in the twenty-first century.
The paper offers examples of successful library/campus collaboration along with goals, advantages, disadvantages and challenges of such activity. Elements necessary for success as well as the importance of project assessment are emphasized.
Many opportunities for cooperation exist, especially with student development, centers for teaching excellence, information technology, academic departments, writing centers and more. The Information Commons model in particular offers the academic library many opportunities for shared services. Based on the successes of many colleges and universities, libraries are encouraged to consider and undertake partnerships with other student and faculty support services.
The paper incorporates an overview of the literature of library/campus cooperation along with the author’s experience to provide a roadmap for future projects at any college or research library.
Seal, Robert A.. Resource Sharing Begins at Home: Opportunities for Library Partnerships on a University Campus. Interlending & Document Supply, 44, 3: 127 - 134, 2016. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, University Libraries: Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ILDS-01-2016-0003
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