Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

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Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks. Edited by Randall McClure. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 308 p. Paper $68 (ISBN 978-083898904-3).

On many campuses, writing skills and research skills are supported in separate instructional silos. When it comes to college composition assignments, however, writing and research are interdependent, and this close relationship is evident in the many common elements shared by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. How the core concepts in these frameworks interconnect and how librarians and writing instructors can work together to implement them in the classroom is the focus of Rewired.

Librarians and writing instructors frequently work separately, despite their shared values. The first section of Rewired examines this dynamic and presents ways to transform the relationship and develop mutually beneficial partnerships. The four essays in this portion analyze and interpret the frameworks, looking for ways to break down the campus/ library division and give composition instructors and librarians a common language to use when designing assignments and providing students with research support.

The majority of the book is devoted to case studies demonstrating these partnerships in action. Contributors include both librarians and writing instructors, and the campuses represented range in size from small private colleges to large public universities. …

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