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Subject:

librarian - academic co-operation/collaboration

From:

Zoe Toft <[log in to unmask]>

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Zoe Toft <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 17 Sep 2003 16:34:23 +0100

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Dear list members,

I am an academic in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental
and African Studies (University of London, UK). In the past year, like many
other academics no doubt, I have made increasing use of online resources to
support my teaching (partly through the use of a Virtual Learning
Environment) and I have now been approached by Update, a journal for
librarians and information managers (http://www.cilip.org.uk/update/) to
write a short article for them about what I, as an academic, think
librarians can do for me/other academics, and how academics and librarians
might work together in the future. Whilst I personally have worked quite
closely with the librarians at my institution, e.g. on creating full and up
to date list of online Linguistics journals and the provision of study
skills, anecdotal evidence (from both librarians and academic colleagues)
suggests that this is not the typical behaviour of an academic when it
comes to working with, or even thinking of librarians.

I would like to hear from members of this list who have tried or researched
different ways of getting academics to collaborate with them e.g. on
developing the information skills of researchers, as opposed to students.
Funny or exasperating stories would also be appreciated, as would any
references to articles on librarian-academic co-operation. If you wish to
reply off-list, my email is [log in to unmask]

Many thanks,
Zoe Toft
Department of Linguistics
SOAS

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