Profiles in Collaboration Three

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On November 4, 2010 and again on December 2, 2010 I showcased particular librarian/faculty information literacy collaborations.  This time I would like to discuss a day full of  different types of collaborations.  April 15 marked the 3rd Annual Maine Academic Libraries Day.  This year the event took place at Colby College in Waterville.  Though collaboration was not an official theme, the concept appeared in talks throughout the day.

Keynote speaker Daniel Russell of Google mentioned the social nature of information and also discussed the need for search help.  He even shared many search tips, including the use of Control-F to find a word on a page.  When you do your next search, pay attention to the left side of the results page: there you’ll find many limiters you may have previously ignored.

The first breakout session concerned Bowdoin College’s Digital Asset Management guidelines, which had resulted from library/information technology collaboration.  The second breakout session featured special collections librarians  from USM, Colby College, and Bangor Public Library: all presenters mentioned the importance of maintaining relationships with patrons.  Finally  Bates College, Bowdoin College, and Colby College presented a  breakout session about their shared catalog.

Indeed conferences are a wonderful place to learn about different collaborations. Keep reading InfoSavvy to learn about more of them.

P.S.  Thanks again to the kind people who let me follow their car back to I-95 afterward (I’m still shopping for a GPS unit.).