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Lecturers and librarians: Integrating information skills into a first year course

Beverley McNamara, Martin Forsey, Raelene Wilding, Brian Poleykett and IIze Jonikis
School of Social and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
The Anthropology Teaching and Learning with Electronic Resources (ANTLER) project is a collaborative venture between the Library, the discipline of Anthropology and Sociology, and the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at The University of Western Australia. The aim of ANTLER is to investigate the issues involved with creating an academic course that demonstrates the integration of content delivery, skills acquisition, information resources, and course evaluation within a single online environment. As the two units that comprise the first year Anthropology and Sociology program incorporate modes of flexible delivery, have large enrolments and are offered to regional students in Albany and Geraldton, they provide an ideal model for the integration of digital information resources, including an 'electronic reserve' library collection, and information literacy exercises linked explicitly to unit content.

ANTLER has promoted a partnership between lecturers and librarians at UWA which is productive and challenging. Several issues arise in managing and nurturing this partnership so that it is ongoing and of benefit to the students of anthropology and sociology, and ultimately to the whole of the UWA staff and student body. This is of particular concern as one of the aims of the project is to produce a 'best practice' model that will assist academic staff in online teaching. Five key themes in the management of the partnership have been identified and will be discussed. They are: resourcing the project; determining roles and responsibilities; maintaining communication; consolidating different aims and agendas; and sustaining the project.

Please cite as: McNamara, B., Forsey, M., Wilding, R., Poleykett, B. and Jonikis, I. (2003). Lecturers and librarians: Integrating information skills into a first year course. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/mcnamara-abs.html

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