Presentation Title

Developing Communities of Practice: Reference, Instruction, and Outreach (RIO) Librarians with the NCICU Library Collaborative

Location

PARB 127

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

In 2016, library directors within the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) system elected to start a collaboration; they called it the NCICU Library Collaborative (NLC). As part of this collaborative, they wanted to form inter-institutional affinity groups among professionals with similar responsibilities. Our group is RIO, an affinity group for reference, instruction, and outreach professionals. Our mission is building a community of sharing information, developing best-practices, reducing duplicate work, and networking. This presentation will focus on the challenges faced as we learned how to work with multiple libraries in the NCICU system to launch an information literacy project. Challenges include establishing a practical method of communication, developing traction for the group via consistent structure, and advocating for the value of collaborative work.

After a “failed first start,” our cohort hosted a meeting at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, on June 2018. The goal was to gain traction for our multi-institutional collaborative effort to choose an information literacy project. Several project proposals were accepted at this initial meeting, but we decided to streamline our efforts towards one project. A recurrent theme in the submitted proposals was the application of ACRL’s Information Literacy framework and the creation of instructional materials. The group voted to combine several proposed projects into one multi-part endeavor focused on interpreting the framework and developing shared instructional materials in various formats. We are currently preparing to launch our lesson plan repository, based on RIO’s interpretation of the ACRL Framework.

Presentation Description

Do you want to gain new knowledge from other libraries without attending a conference every month? Discover how the Reference Instruction Outreach (RIO) affinity group of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities created an inter-institutional collaboration to work on an information literacy project. We will discuss RIO’s background, challenges, best practices, and how collaboration has benefited both us professionally and institutionally.

Keywords

Inter-institutional collaboration, NCICU Library Collaborative, Private colleges, Reference, Research, Outreach, Instruction, Special projects, Information Literacy, ACRL Framework

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Developing Communities of Practice: Reference, Instruction, and Outreach (RIO) Librarians with the NCICU Library Collaborative

PARB 127

In 2016, library directors within the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) system elected to start a collaboration; they called it the NCICU Library Collaborative (NLC). As part of this collaborative, they wanted to form inter-institutional affinity groups among professionals with similar responsibilities. Our group is RIO, an affinity group for reference, instruction, and outreach professionals. Our mission is building a community of sharing information, developing best-practices, reducing duplicate work, and networking. This presentation will focus on the challenges faced as we learned how to work with multiple libraries in the NCICU system to launch an information literacy project. Challenges include establishing a practical method of communication, developing traction for the group via consistent structure, and advocating for the value of collaborative work.

After a “failed first start,” our cohort hosted a meeting at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, on June 2018. The goal was to gain traction for our multi-institutional collaborative effort to choose an information literacy project. Several project proposals were accepted at this initial meeting, but we decided to streamline our efforts towards one project. A recurrent theme in the submitted proposals was the application of ACRL’s Information Literacy framework and the creation of instructional materials. The group voted to combine several proposed projects into one multi-part endeavor focused on interpreting the framework and developing shared instructional materials in various formats. We are currently preparing to launch our lesson plan repository, based on RIO’s interpretation of the ACRL Framework.