"Creating Library Space in Response to Changing Student Needs (proposed)." Association of College and Research Libraries. Seattle.
As information becomes more and more available, the need for collaboration between the library and the rest of the academic community grows exponentially. In the days when students and faculty relied on the printed word as their source of information, they routinely visited the library and talked with librarians for guidance and instruction in the use of the bibliographic tools of the day. Today, with the proliferation of information at their finger tips, many students and faculty members rely on their own knowledge and ability to find what they need in cyberspace. It is the role of the academic librarian to pursue ways to reach students and to make library instruction relevant to them in this information explosion. Collaboration between librarians, faculty and other campus services is critical to the success of such a mission. One way of facilitating this collaboration is through renovation of the library building and physically integrating any relevant services. Through a review of the literature, on-campus visits and personal experience, this paper will explore ways that small academic libraries are partnering with other campus constituents to provide the necessary tools and instruction to educate students.