Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 5, No 4 (2013)

“She Has a Vocabulary I Just Don’t Have”: Faculty Culture and Information Literacy Collaboration

Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Jamie White-Farnham


The authors describe difficulties pertaining to discipline-specific discourse and identity among collabora-tors during the process of revising the information literacy component of a first-year writing program. Hardesty’s term “faculty culture” offers a frame through which to understand resistance and tension among otherwise engaged faculty and situates this experience within the uncomfortable history between faculty and librarians who may be perceived as “inauthentic” faculty. The authors suggest ways to im-prove communication between librarians and writing program faculty when collaborating on information literacy instruction.

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