Archive for October, 2008

Sister Libraries

Friday, October 17th, 2008

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

     My colleagues and I just returned from lovely Monterrey, Mexico, where we presented at a conference which we co-organized with our “sister library” at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (aka ITESM, or simply, Monterrey Mountains“The Tec.”) The name of the conference was “Working Together: Librarians and Faculty Collaborating to Transform Student Learning” and over two full days presenters from the University of Maryland and the Tecnológico de Monterrey discussed various aspects of librarian-faculty collaboration. Altogether it was a wonderful experience, and I think everyone on both sides learned a great deal.

Our relationship with the Tec dates back to 2005, and has included a Mexican History Museumsmaller “experience exchange” on library instruction, also held in Monterrey, as well as two visits by Tec personnel to our campus. We feel that the Tec has much expertise to offer us in the area of information technologies; in turn, their librarians are eager for our help to professionalize librarianship at the Tec and develop their system of liaison librarians. In addition, an interlibrary loan agreement will benefit both of our institutions.

If you are interested in finding a “sister library,” check out the ALA/IRRT Sister Library Initiative wiki–they have lots of great information about success stories, suggestions for activities, and, of course, a list of further resources.