The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) has recently launched a cross-disciplinary Collaboratory space equipped with emerging technologies to enable faculty-led innovative projects, facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and bridge the gap between learning and research. With the support of the Collaboratorys faculty advisory committee, RULA has taken a reiterative approach in developing the Collaboratorys programs and operations. More than 80 faculty, researchers and graduate students have become members of the Collaboratory while still a pilot project. The Collaboratory is already home to several notable research projects, including the El-Hibeh digital archaeology project and the Open Textbook Library Project funded by eCampusOntario. The mission of the Collaboratory is not only to enable interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration, but also to provide underserved academic communities equitable access to digital research technology and facilities.
In this panel discussion, three faculty members of the Collaboratory and the librarian who led the development of the space will share their insights how academic libraries can build meaningful partnerships with faculty and researchers to develop an vibrant community to enhance teaching, learning and research. The panel will also reflect on how a technology enriched space in an academic library can support both the library and universitys mission and core values.
The Goal of Our Session
We will discuss the emerging role academic libraries have in supporting faculty research projects. Participants will learn how to pilot and build partnerships across campus to create a vibrant learning and research community. Librarians at other institutions can take away practical considerations regarding space and equipment considerations, staffing, marketing, support for faculty, creating a faculty advisory committee, and necessary cross-campus collaborations.