Academic Libraries and Collaborative Research Services

Rowman & Littlefield. Aug. 2022. 312p. ed. by Carrie Forbes. ISBN 9781538153680. $120. PRO MEDIA
Within the robust body of literature on collaborative efforts in the library, this timely collection of case studies and theoretical essays stands out. Designed to “realize the full potential that collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships with librarians can have,” editor Forbes (assoc. dean, Univ. of Denver Lib.) offers a curated collection exploring how “the nature of collaborative work in libraries helps reshape institutional research practices.” The book is divided by service (liaison, research data, publishing, and open access) with a section on professional development at the end. This last section is especially valuable, as it deals with developing soft skills. As there can be no collaboration without interpersonal skills, it is refreshing to read strategies and methods of practice to strengthen listening and speaking skills, as well as those skills that help to “foster an inclusive and equitable environment.” This volume could be improved by simply adding more of the same—more stories of successful collaborations, and more discussion on institutional research practices. Hopefully this effort will spark new publications on these topics.
VERDICT This edited volume will be useful to academic librarians and higher education campus administrators looking for practical methods to facilitate cross-campus collaboration.
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