Faculty-librarian partnerships in Australian higher education : critical dimensions

Bruce, Christine S. (2001) Faculty-librarian partnerships in Australian higher education : critical dimensions. Reference Services Review, 29(2), pp. 106-115.

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Australian higher education is presently subject to a period of substantial change. The needs of the economy and workforce, together with the broader educational role of the university are leading to focus on lifelong learning as a tool for bringing together the apparently diverging needs of different groups. Within this broader context, the emphasis on lifelong learning and associated graduate capabilities is leading to opportunities for new partnerships between faculty and librarians, partnerships that bring the two groups together in ways that are helping to transform the experience of teaching and learning. This paper explores emerging partnerships in diverse areas, including research and scholarship, curriculum, policy, supervision, and staff development. They are in the early phases of development and result from a broad focus on the learning and information literacy needs of students, as opposed to a narrow focus on using the library and its information resources. Taken together, and viewed from a system-wide perspective, these partnerships reveal a complex dynamic that is deserving of wider attention across the Australian higher education system and internationally.

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ID Code: 62321
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1108/00907320110394146
ISSN: 0090-7324
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2013 22:48
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 19:43

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