I love the idea of collaboration. It broadens the creative knowledge base, creates a richer planning environment, provides opportunity for improved productivity, and fosters a broader sense of ownership.
Lynne Bisko and Rebecca Pope-Ruark (Elon University) have published an excellent article in the October issue of C&RL News entitled “Making the Video: Tips for Successful Library-Class Collaborations.” The article describes a collaborative effort between Elon’s Belk Library and a class supported by the University’s Center for Undergraduate Publishing and Information Design (CUPID). Bisko and Pope-Ruark conclude the article with some practical advice for other librarians considering similar collaboration with students. This is worth the read.
Opportunities for collaboration abound. Most recently on our campus, the library…
- Worked with some students in graphic design on logo concepts
- Coordinated with Student Services during the 2010 Census to educate students about the U.S. Census and provide information about Census jobs
- Also with Student Services, shared information about career-related resources and will be crafting a plan for embedding library resources on the Student Services website
- Is considering a collaborative effort between our library and a marketing class
- Has begun a conversation with the Art Department about a partnership involving the creativity of some art students, paint, and library walls. The students are loving the idea. I’ll be walking through the library with an art professor later today. Exciting stuff.
Does your library have any stories of collaboration across campus? Successes? Learning experiences?
OK, I personally would classify this more as “Friday Fascinating,” but you be the judge.
Here is a 2007 instrumental cover version of rock band Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” It is performed by the classically trained cello trio from Latvia, Melo-M. (The length is 5:22, but it is worth it.)
A friend from the library world brought to my attention the following YouTube video that is making the rounds. For people who have grown up surrounded by digital technology, there really is no concept of web 2.0.
This is also a great reminder to anyone trying to communicate with the uninitiated. Buzzwords, jargon, etc. — while they can be useful when communicating within inner circles — often carry very little (if any) meaning for the masses.
Now I want to try this on my campus and see the responses.
What about you — digital native or not — how would you respond if you were in the video with these students and were asked, “What is Web 2.0?”