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With online education options more ubiquitous and sophisticated than ever, the need for academic librarians to be conversant with digital resources and design thinking has become increasingly important.  The way forward is through collaboration with instructional designers, which allows librarians to gain a better understanding of digital resource construction, design, goals, and responsibilities.  In this book, the authors demonstrate that when librarians and instructional designers pool their knowledge of curriculum and technology, together they can impact changes that help to better serve faculty, students, and staff to address changes that are affecting higher education. Illustrated using plentiful examples of successful collaboration in higher education, this book   

  • introduces the history of collaborative endeavors between instructional designers and librarians, sharing ideas for institutions of every size;
  • reviews key emerging issues, including intellectual property, digital scholarship, data services, digital publishing, and scholarly communication;
  • addresses library instruction, particularly the new information literacy framework and threshold concepts, and how the movement towards online library instruction can be supported through collaboration with instructional designers;
  • describes the complementary roles of librarians and instructional designers in detail, followed by a case study in collaboration at Davidson College, an evolving digital project that mirrors changes in technology and collaboration over more than a decade;
  • shows how librarians and instructional designers can work together to encourage, inform, train, and support both faculty and students in the use of digital media, media databases, online media, public domain resources, and streaming media tools;
  • highlights creative opportunities inherent in the design and use of the Learning Management System (LMS); and
  • looks ahead to how emerging technologies are already leading to new jobs at the intersection of librarianship and technology, such as the instructional design librarian.

With a firm foundation on best practices drawn from a variety of institutions, this book maps out a partnership between academic librarians and instructional designers that will lead to improved outcomes.


Chapter 1    The Changing Environment of Higher Education
Joe Eshleman and Kristen Eshleman
Chapter 2    Comparisons and Collaborations between the Professions
Richard Moniz
Chapter 3    Best Practices and Opportunities for Collaboration
Richard Moniz
Chapter 4    Collaborating to Accomplish Big Goals
Joe Eshleman
Chapter 5    Where Librarians and Instructional Designers Meet
Joe Eshleman
Chapter 6    Innovation and Cooperative Ventures
Joe Eshleman and Kristen Eshleman
Chapter 7    Digital Media in the Modern University
Karen Mann
Chapter 8    Integrating the Library and LMS
Karen Mann
Chapter 9    What's Next for Librarians and Instructional Designers?
Joe Eshleman

About the Authors

Joe Eshleman

Joe Eshleman received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. He has been the Instruction Librarian at Johnson & Wales University Library–Charlotte since 2008. During this time, he has taught numerous library instruction sessions. Mr. Eshleman completed the Association of College and Research Libraries' Immersion Program, an intensive program of training and education for instruction librarians, in 2009. He is a coauthor of Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison (alongside Richard Moniz and Jo Henry) and a contributor to The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience. He has presented on numerous occasions, including at the American Library Association Conference, the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, and the First National Personal Librarian and First Year Experience Library Conference.

Dr. Richard Moniz

Richard Moniz, EdD, is Head Librarian at Horry Georgetown Technical College. He served as Director of Library Services for Johnson & Wales University's Miami campus from 1997–2004 and was the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte campus from 2004-2018. He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as Head of Information Technology Services for Johnson & Wales in Miami and taught classes on subjects such as computer science, world history, US history, and American government. Additionally, since 2006, he has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Courses taught have included Information Sources and Services, Special Libraries, Library Administration, Information Sources in the Professions, and Online Bibliographic Information Retrieval. Dr. Moniz has published in numerous places. He is sole author of the 2010 textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries, coauthor of Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison, and coauthor and coeditor of The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience. He is actively engaged in the profession and has held a number of committee and board responsibilities within the ALA, LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association), ACRL, CLS (College Libraries), and Metrolina Library Association (including serving as President of this organization) in addition to other nonprofit organizations such as Carolina Raptor Center, Charlotte Museum of History, and Charlotte's Arts and Science Council.

Karen Mann

Karen Mann received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007, a Graduate Certificate in Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology from North Carolina State University in 2015, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. She earned her National Board Certification in Library Media in 2009. She has provided Instructional Technology and Design services in the department of Academic Technology Services at Johnson & Wales University–Charlotte since 2011. Her background also includes experience as a high school media specialist, technologist, and science teacher. Mann has presented at multiple conferences on best practices in teaching with technology and has provided a variety of training workshops that focus on creating exemplary courses and engaging the learner with technology.

Kristen Eshleman

Kristen Eshleman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and in International Studies in 1992. She received her Master of Science in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 1994. At Davidson, she serves as both practitioner for the humanities and Director of Instructional Technology, identifying current and emerging technologies and working with faculty in the humanities to determine whether they have pedagogical value in a small, residential liberal arts environment. She is also the lead instructional designer for DavidsonX, a cofounder of THATCamp Piedmont, and an active member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative community. The anthropologist in her is drawn to the intersections between technology and culture. Her interests include digital scholarship, blended learning, educational research, and designing effective processes for institutional innovation.

”As two sides of the same coin, librarians and instructional designers need to work together to achieve the best outcomes for their libraries. This book is directed at academic libraries, but can be applied to any setting."

”Providing a purposeful introduction and index, the authors also give evidence in nine solid chapters on how to cultivate relations with curriculum development in mind. Chapters have a clean design with satisfactory balance between white space and text using subtopic divisions, visual figures, and highlighted information boxes … An excellent resource for administrators, librarians and instructional designers at the collegiate and postcollegiate level. Highly recommended."

”Wide-ranging and thoroughly researched."
— Library Journal