Hi Claire- have a look at the work of the INHALE project <>.(One of the Jisc 5/99 projects and part of the DNER Teaching and Learning programme). The Big Blue have written a case history for the project but haven't uploaded it to their site yet.

The main thrust of the collaboration undertaken has been to write and embed online information skills materials directly into online teaching and learning. The INHALE Information Skills materials make use of both freely available and subscription electronic information resources.. A main aspect of the project has been to embed these resources within VLEs (at Huddersfield this is Blackboard and at our partner sites this is WebCT.) We have worked with a raft of people, academic teaching staff, School (i.e.faculty ) learning technologists, central computing staff and other library staff.

The Information Skills materials originally written are now in a database which enables them to be easily customizable for other modules. Additional units are being written for inclusion in the database and the plan is that these will be freely accessible, not only to the project and partner institutions, but also to the rest of HE/FE.

At Huddersfield we already had a well developed School (faculty) - Library liason. This has been in place for quite a few years. The Academic Librarians sit on key committees within the Schools and therefore are able to have direct access to developments within the Schools so that they can feed back into the library Information Skills Teaching & Training (Induction Packages/Follow-up sessions on Database Searching etc) relevant to their School's requirements.

The complexity of the "hybrid library" , the incorporation of Virtual Learning Environments and the proliferation of student use the web  have been some of the driving forces behind the project. An additional driving  factor has been the need for the Information Skills materials used in teaching and learning to be relevant to the subject area and level of study , hence the importance of creating resources that are customizable.


Jenny Brook

-----Original Message-----
From: Claire McGuinness [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 29 May 2002 15:05
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Subject: Requestion for Information (Apologies for cross-posting)

Dear LIS-Infoskills Colleagues,
As part of a current research project, I am currently attempting to establish the level of faculty-library collaboration in third-level institutions, particularly within the context of information literacy education.While I am aware of increased activity in the US and Australia, I have comparatively little evidence of collaborative initiatives in the UK and Ireland, although I believe that this is due to lack of available descriptive documentation, rather than complete absence. The case studies published electronically as part of the Big Blue project are a good starting point - however, as part of my own investigation, I would be more than grateful to colleagues who would be willing to put together brief answers to two questions, to enable me to compile a "master list", as it were, of examples of successful (or even partly successful) collaborations in their institutions. The two questions are as follows:
  • Can you describe the library-faculty collaborative programme(s) at your institution, including the reasons for collaboration?
  • What were/are the key factors contributing to the success of this venture?
Answers need not be long, I merely wish to gain an overview of the activity in this regard. Results will, of course, be made available to interested parties. The benefits of this exercise are twofold - firstly, such a list contributes in an important way to the inclusivity of this, and future research projects; and secondly, making the list available to requesters may foster networking and inter-institutional co-operation between parties engaged in similar endeavours.
Thanking you for your contributions,
Claire McGuinness,
University College Dublin.