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Cases on Establishing Effective Collaborations in Academic Libraries

Cases on Establishing Effective Collaborations in Academic Libraries
Author(s)/Editor(s): Mary E. Piorun (University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, USA)and Regina Fisher Raboin (University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, USA)
Copyright: ©2023
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2515-2
ISBN13: 9781668425152
ISBN10: 1668425157
EISBN13: 9781668425176


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The forming and nurturing of new partnerships and collaborations is a critical component of librarianship. Academic libraries have a long history of collaboration within the library, across their institutions, and in their local communities. However, forming new partnerships can be time-consuming, and at times frustrating, leaving important opportunities, connections, and projects unrealized.

Cases on Establishing Effective Collaborations in Academic Libraries presents case studies on effective collaborations in a variety of settings with different objectives, staffing levels, and budgets that have proven to be successful in creating and maintaining strong and productive partnerships. It identifies and shares the role of the academic library in developing effective partnerships and collaborations within academia and the broader community. Covering topics such as controlled digital lending, research computing, and college readiness enhancement, this premier reference source is a vital resource for librarians and libraries, consortiums, university administrators, students and educators of higher education, community leaders, researchers, and academicians.

Author's/Editor's Biography

Mary Piorun (Ed.)

Mary Piorun, PhD, is the Director of the Lamar Soutter Library and the Network of National Library of Medicine, Region 7 at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan). Before joining UMass Chan in 1999, Mary was a systems librarian at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD, and served in various other positions in libraries in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Mary received her MSLS from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. and a Masters in Business Administration at Bentley University. In May 2008, Mary received the W. Michael Hoffman Prize for Business Ethics from the Bentley University, Center for Business Ethics. In January 2014, Mary completed a PhD in Managerial Leadership for the Information Professions at Simmons University. Mary is a member of the Medical Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Areas of Interest: library administration, leadership and management, strategic planning, grant oversight, program planning, implementation and evaluation, project coordination.

Regina Raboin (Ed.)

Regina Fisher Raboin, MSLIS, is the Associate Director at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan). As associate director she oversees the education, clinical, research, scholarly publishing, outreach services, library operations, and technology initiatives at the library. She is one of the co-leaders of the University's Medical Humanities Lab, an integration of the arts and humanities into medical education and healthcare through student, faculty, and staff collaborations fostering humanism in medicine. Regina is the Editor-in-chief for the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB). She is active in the Medical Library Association's (MLA) Leadership and Management Caucus and Co-editor of the Professionalism and Leadership section of MLA Connect, the MLA's weekly blog. She participates as a co-leader in the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Second-in-Command (SIC) group; she also is active on the Boston Library Consortium's (BLC) Associate University Librarians (AUL) group. Regina is Lamar Soutter Library's representative and Past-president of the Massachusetts Commonwealth Consortium of Libraries in Public Higher Education Institutions, Inc. (MCCLPHEI). Prior to joining UMMS, Regina was the Data Management Services Group Coordinator and Science Research & Instruction Librarian at Tisch Library, Tufts University. Regina was also a collaborator with the Lamar Soutter Library in the building of the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC) and a lecturer for the Simmons University's GSLIS Research Data Management course. Areas of interest: leadership and management, strategic planning, staff professional development, scholarly publishing/communication, research data management, education and outreach services, humanities in medicine, bioethics.


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