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Developing a Faculty-Library Collaboration Model


Nayana Darshani Wijayasundara

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology University of Malaya, MY
About Nayana

B Sc Eng (Hons) (Moratuwa) MLS (Colombo)

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia

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The emphasis for lifelong learning and associated graduate capabilities is leading to opportunities for new collaborative practices between lecturers and librarians. Lecturers bring expertise in their disciplines, knowledge of the content to be taught and of course assessment and teaching and learning skills. Librarians support to build up information skills and finds out methods to integrate them into the course. In this role, librarians encourage, support and nudge faculty in the establishment of learning priorities which ensure that students develop the abilities that will allow them to be effective lifelong learners in this ever-changing and increasingly prevalent digital world. The output of universities should fit the available academic careers and into the workforce. This urges the requirement of faculty-library collaboration.

In this study 'Faculty-Library Collaboration' is defined as librarians and teaching faculty work together to integrate information to enhance student learning. The attributes of causes and effects of faculty-library collaboration are discussed. Mainly the causes are categorized as membership, knowledge & skills and resources. The effects are categorized as teaching and learning, research and library resources and services. Based on the extensive literature review and some strategies used by the university libraries in other countries a conceptual model on faculty-library collaboration will be presented.

Key words: faculty-library collaboration, causes & effects of collaboration, models on collaboration

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, Vol.13 (Special Issue). 2009 131-146

How to Cite: Wijayasundara, N.D., 2009. Developing a Faculty-Library Collaboration Model. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 13(2), pp.131–146. DOI:
Published on 16 Nov 2009.
Peer Reviewed


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