Sustainability and Reliability in an Academic-Public Library Collaborative Instruction Program: a case study.

by Quiroz, Sally F.

Abstract (Summary)
The Workshops in Public Libraries Program (WPLP), a partnership between an academic library and three public libraries providing computer instruction, is considered to be a resounding success by all stakeholders. This qualitative study reviews some of its strengths and weaknesses as they relate to sustainability and reliability. The workshops will be analyzed from several different perspectives in order identify the elements that contribute to its sustainability and make it a potential model for academic and public library collaborative programming. Information was collected from all stakeholders and participants regarding their involvement and their perception of its strengths and weaknesses.

• Semi-structured interviews were conducted with professional librarians at the stakeholder libraries.

• The crucial role of the coordinator of the program was analyzed.

• A survey was done of the volunteers who have participated in the program as workshop instructors.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Lisa Norberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cooperative library systems—teaching cooperation—college and university libraries cooperation—public computer assisted instruction—case studies internet—teaching


Date of Publication:08/25/2006

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