Academic journal article Collaborative Librarianship

Review of Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library

Academic journal article Collaborative Librarianship

Review of Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library

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McAdoo, Monty L. Building Bridges: Connecting Faculty, Students, and the College Library. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 167 pp.

In this ALA Editions, McAdoo offers guidance for academic librarians working with instructors and students to create effective assignments that integrate library resources to enhance student learning. The author works from the premise that "Assignments are the bridges between the classroom and true learning" (p.vii). In order to build these bridges, McAdoo emphasizes developing and managing relationships with faculty and students to further information literacy.

This book is divided into five sections: outlining the need for building bridges, developing a foundation for collaboration, creating effective assignments, understanding why assignments fail, and finally, tying it all together with faculty/librarian created student assignments. For an assignment to be successful, according to the author, librarians need to be involved in the development as well as the completion and evaluation of the assignment. McAdoo discusses reasons why this basic collaboration often does not exist including the politics associated with the university structure. …

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