Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Published in To Improve the Academy, Volume 21 (2003), pp. 273–287, Annual Publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. Copyright © 2003 Anker Publishing Company. Used by permission.


Traditionally, working with teaching faculty is the primary consulting role for most faculty development professionals. The boundaries, however, are not always clear regarding instructional assistance that is provided to other personnel. This chapter demonstrates how collaboration among faculty consultants and information specialists can result in enhanced library utilization and bett er research-related instruction. Our model uses problem-based learning (PEL) as a vehicle for teaching research and retrieval skills in either a single class experience or in multiple classroom visits with an engineering librarian.