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Fostering partnerships at the forefront of research

Gale and American Libraries have collaborated on a new series that explores how librarians go about building and growing relationships within the academic community, both with students and faculty. Each article in the series is directly related to research and reveals how librarians can assist and guide colleagues and university students into deeper exploration and discover new information. The series covers trends in the topics of social justice, information literacy, digital archives, faculty outreach, digital scholarship, and new technology.

Featured Articles

Human Libraries: Turning the Page on Discrimination

The seventh case study in the series highlights a new trend on university campuses and in academic libraries of “checking out” human “books.” These Human Library events are used to discuss prejudices and confront stereotypes and discrimination while teaching and learning empathy and understanding. The article reveals how events like these are helping librarians look to the future of academic library services and information resources. 

A Monumental Debate: Addressing Controversial Namesakes

The sixth case study in the series explores how academic librarians and archivists are playing a key role in the ongoing debate over university monuments and buildings named after racist figures. The article looks at how providing historic documents and creating LibGuides and other learning resources are only a part of the library's role in helping to facilitate these conversations and provide context to the discussion. 

Pioneering Digital Humanities at Stanford: The Dos and Don’ts of Launching a Program

The fifth case study in the series showcases how academic libraries at top-tier schools like Stanford University are helping to pioneer the growing field of digital humanities—while also giving librarians new inroads and resources to connect with faculty, students, researchers, and other patrons. The article reveals the do's and don'ts of developing, or enhancing, an institution's digital humanities program.

Ready, Set, Research! Librarians use Hackathon-Like Approach with Research Sprints

The fourth case study in the series demonstrates how university librarians are connecting students, faculty, and staff to experts in their various fields who can—in short periods of time—help solve research problems. These “research sprints” are taking off across college campuses and throughout the academic community. They help to solve research issues that might otherwise take months or years.

Wading the Muddy Waters: Educating on Copyright and Digital Archives

The third case study in the series explores how librarians are helping faculty and college students navigate copyright restrictions for research projects and other assignments. From developing new resources to hosting workshops and teaching “crash courses,” academic librarians are going above and beyond to help educate their institution's communities.

Librarians Bridge the Gap: Accessing Public Health Information

The second case study in the series discusses how librarians are using academic library resources to contribute to public health research and education in important ways. The article also explores how academic librarians can support scholars and students from various disciplines as they examine the impact of past health policies and practices on current and future health care.

Digging through Boxes, Delving into Databases

The first case study in the series provides insights into how digital archives are impacting the way research is done on social justice and gender issues in academic libraries and throughout university campuses. It also looks at how academic librarians are developing innovative research ideas to attract students into social justice and gender topics.