Library Partnership Program
The primary goal of the Library Partnership Program is to build relationships between the faculty and librarians in support of their shared mission to educate students and create knowledge. A “Librarian Partner” is appointed to each academic department and serves as the principal point of contact for information about library services, collections, events and policies. The Library Partnership Program aspires to cultivate deep collaboration and engagement between the Library and Fairfield University’s faculty. This user-centered program provides a framework for Librarian Partners to develop a significant understanding of complex departmental needs and goals, and for “Faculty Partners” to increase their knowledge of library services and evolving modes of information creation, consumption, and dissemination.
Librarian Partners are information experts who collaborate with faculty in their assigned academic departments to advance their scholarship and teaching. Examples may include:
- Support faculty and their students through the research lifecycle
- Work towards incorporating information literacy competencies into academic programs at all levels. Librarian Partners teach information literacy instruction classes, develop online learning modules and guides, and administer assessment tools in close collaboration with the faculty in order to achieve the Library’s student learning outcomes and the academic department’s goals.
- Advocate for Library services, collections and facilities to the faculty and administrators, and also advocate within the Library for their assigned academic departments’ curricular needs.
- Inform faculty of significant trends in research and publishing affecting their department and/or higher education.
- Develop, evaluate and promote the library collections and its usage in support of their department’s academic goals and curricular needs.
When appropriate, Librarian Partners will enlist functional specialists within the Library, such as librarians focused on collection development, digital humanities and scholarly communication.