Fostering collaboration between librarians and instructional designers

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/04/2016


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — With online education options more ubiquitous and sophisticated than ever, the need for academic librarians to be conversant with digital resources and design thinking has become increasingly important.  The way forward is through collaboration with instructional designers, which allows librarians to gain a better understanding of digital resource construction, design, goals, and responsibilities.  In “Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation,” published by ALA Editions, authors Joe Eshleman, Richard Moniz, Karen Mann, and Kristen Eshleman demonstrate that when librarians and instructional designers pool their knowledge of curriculum and technology, together they can impact changes that help to better serve faculty, students, and staff to address changes that are affecting higher education. Illustrated using plentiful examples of successful collaboration in higher education, this book:   

  • introduces the history of collaborative endeavors between instructional designers and librarians, sharing ideas for institutions of every size;
  • reviews key emerging issues, including intellectual property, digital scholarship, data services, digital publishing, and scholarly communication;
  • addresses library instruction, particularly the new information literacy framework and threshold concepts, and how the movement towards online library instruction can be supported through collaboration with instructional designers;
  • describes the complementary roles of librarians and instructional designers in detail, followed by a case study in collaboration at Davidson College, an evolving digital project that mirrors changes in technology and collaboration over more than a decade;
  • shows how librarians and instructional designers can work together to encourage, inform, train, and support both faculty and students in the use of digital media, media databases, online media, public domain resources, and streaming media tools;
  • highlights creative opportunities inherent in the design and use of the Learning Management System (LMS); and
  • looks ahead to how emerging technologies are already leading to new jobs at the intersection of librarianship and technology, such as the instructional design librarian.

Joe Eshleman has been the Instruction Librarian at Johnson & Wales University Library–Charlotte since 2008. He is a coauthor of “Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison” (alongside Richard Moniz and Jo Henry) and a contributor to “The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience.” Moniz, EdD, served as Director of Library Services for Johnson & Wales University’s Miami campus from 1997–2004 and has been the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus since 2004. He is also author of “Practical and Effective Management of Libraries.” Mann has provided Instructional Technology and Design services in the department of Academic Technology Services at Johnson & Wales University–Charlotte since 2011. Her background also includes experience as a high school media specialist, technologist, and science teacher. Kristen Eshleman serves as both practitioner for the humanities and Director of Instructional Technology at Davidson College. She is also the lead instructional designer for DavidsonX, a cofounder of THATCamp Piedmont, and an active member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative community.

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