Together We Are Stronger: K-16 Information Literacy Collaborations


By K. Alix Hayden

Together We Are Stronger: K-16 Information Literacy Collaborations


Hayden describes a “study sought to examine and explore stakeholders’ conceptions for establishing meaningful collaborations focused specifically on information literacy, between academic and school libraries”. Findings, results, and, with differences noted between teacher-librarians and academic librarians, strategies such as mentoring towards greater collaboration are shared.


K. Alix Hayden, PhD, is currently the Librarian for Nursing and Education at the University of Calgary. She received her MLIS and MSc from the University of Alberta, and completed her PhD in 2003 from the University of Calgary. Her doctoral work, supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, investigated undergraduate students’ lived experience of information seeking. For the last few years, her research focus has been on school libraries. She has worked with colleagues from the Calgary Board of Education to develop and present teacher workshops focusing on students’ information seeking process. In 2008, she took a 6-month sabbatical to investigate potential collaboration between K-12 and academic librarians. Recently she received a grant from the Alberta Teacher’s Association to investigate the best practices of expert teacher-librarians, which will commence in the Fall 2010. Colleagues working with her on the research include Erin Hansen (Research & Learning Commons, Calgary Board of Education) and Barbara Brydges (Director, Doucette Curriculum Library, University of Calgary).