Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 5, No 4 (2013)

Leveraging Strategic Institutional Partnerships: Creating a Phased Learning Commons at the University of Idaho Library

Kristin J. Henrich

Abstract


Following an energizing reorganization of the first floor, the University of Idaho Library sought additional strategies to support student learning and success. Building on previous successful collaborations with the Dean of Students Office, the Library and Tutoring Services created a model to offer peer-tutoring services in the library. Several philosophical and practical guidelines were considered, and implementation of the service, while challenging, was ultimately successful. Strategies for proposing, building, and maintaining similar partnerships with student services units are discussed, with best practices offered for other institutions seeking similar collaboration.

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