New from ACRL - “Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in Collaboration”

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/11/2023


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in Collaboration," book number 80 in the Publications in Librarianship series. Edited by Alexia Hudson-Ward, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and Scott Walter, this unique book collects examples of successful academic library-museum collaborations and serves as critical knowledge for the cultural heritage sector.

Academic libraries and museums foster many outstanding collaborations supporting teaching, learning, and research within their respective institutions. These collaborations, like other progressive activities, require significant invisible labor, caretaking, and resources that have not always been documented. 

"Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community" brings together authors from libraries and museums across the United States who demonstrate how to develop and execute partnerships and bring forth new dimensions of transdisciplinary objects-based pedagogy, research, and learning centered on inclusive educational practices. Chapters explore visual thinking strategies and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in the undergraduate classroom; restoring Indigenous heritage through tribal partnerships; using object-based teaching to motivate student research; and much more. 

The collaborative approaches highlighted here demonstrate the power of possibility when two collections-centric entities unite to enrich our collective understanding of materiality, instructional approaches, and the importance of provenance. "Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community" also illustrates why interrogating past practices and value assignments within academic library and museum collections is essential to advancing culturally relevant approaches to knowledge sharing in physical and digital spaces.

“Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in Collaboration” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.    


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 8,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube