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At The University of Alabama, librarians from Gorgas Information Services (GIS) pursue a wide variety of outreach activities in order to reduce library anxiety and promote the services that the libraries have to offer. Among other things, GIS librarians collaborate with Student Support Services, provide weekly on-site research help and workshops at an on-campus residential community via the Gorgas Library at Ridgecrest program, and offer “satellite reference” help at meeting spaces around campus. Although these programs are unique in scope and purpose, GIS librarians have discovered that collaboration on fundamental outreach strategies is key to the success of individual programs. To that end, librarians in GIS have instituted a monthly outreach meeting in order to discuss outreach strategies, brainstorm new ideas, and share their experiences – both positive and negative. In this panel, we will discuss the evolution of this idea, what we’ve learned from the process, and talk about how this sort of formalized collaboration can be easily transferable and applicable to other areas of academic librarianship.
Outreach, Collaboration, Best Practices, Student Support, Housing and Residential, Honors College, Mallet Assembly
Information Literacy | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication
Pate, Jennifer, Boucher, Alex, Gilbreath, James, Johnson, Karlie. Caucusing with your Colleagues: Sharing Ideas to Create Effective Outreach Strategies. Alabama Library Association Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama. April 19, 2017.