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Faculty and Librarian Collaborations: A Case Study and Proposal for Online Learning Environments

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Research Strategies Volume 20, Number 4, ISSN 0734-3310


To design a new distance education course with an emphasis on student group work, a collaborative effort among the University of Missouri St. Louis Libraries and faculty was established. The collaborative process resulted in a more individualized service experience for library users, and the problems of course construction, using the Blackboard course management system, were shared and solved with new efficiency. The goals of the institution and individuals involved were initially successful and have expanded into a larger effort of developing new resources and collaborative efforts throughout the campus. New methods, new technologies, and new roles and responsibilities for faculty and librarians are described. As librarians assume online "course librarian" positions, significant responsibilities can be shifted to their support, and new resources can be made available to students with considerable ease--particularly via library electronic resources, databases, and electronic communication.


Bielema, C., Crocker, D., Miller, J., Reynolds-Moehrle, J. & Shaw, H. (2005). Faculty and Librarian Collaborations: A Case Study and Proposal for Online Learning Environments. Research Strategies, 20(4), 334-345. Retrieved October 20, 2019 from .

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