Belk Library staff and building partners discuss approaches to student success at virtual conference

The presentations shared the speakers’ experiences with building partner collaborations and high-impact practices with attendees of the 2019 Louisiana Virtual Academic Library Conference.

Belk Library staff and building partners recently participated in the 2019 Louisiana Virtual Academic Library Conference.

Julia Bleakney, director of the Writing Center, Becky Olive-Taylor, executive director of the Koenigsberger Learning Center, Kelly Reimer, director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, and Joan Ruelle, dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library led a session titled “All Together Now: Deep Collaboration with Library Building Partners.” They offered insights into how libraries and their building partners can foster successful collaborative working models to focus on shared goals of student success while still leaving room for differentiation among services and departmental cultures.

Using Joan Lippincott’s deep collaboration model, the panel offered lessons learned about planning, logistics and troubleshooting along with strategies to help staff build successful partnerships with new building colleagues.

Ruelle, Chrystal Carpenter, coordinator of University Archives & Special collections, Teresa LePors, coordinator of library research & scholarly services, Patrick Rudd, coordinator of library instruction and outreach Services, and Shannon Tennant, coordinator of library collections, shared how Belk Library is creatively embedded in efforts to engage and challenge Elon University students, and how library activities, strategies, and planning reflect an institutional commitment to high impact practices.

Their session, “High Impact Practices and the Academic Library,” offered attendees the opportunity to reflect on their library’s involvement in high impact practices and to build strategies to deepen efforts at their institutions.