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The Teaching Needs of Engineering Faculty Compared with Business Faculty: How the Library and Librarian Fit In

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2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Baltimore , Maryland

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June 25, 2023

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June 25, 2023

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June 28, 2023

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Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) Technical Session 4: Outreach & Collaboration

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Engineering Libraries Division (ELD)

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Erin Rowley University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

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Erin Rowley is the Head of Science and Engineering Library Services at the University at Buffalo and serves as the Engineering Librarian. Her research interests include the use of technical standards in engineering education, the role of the librarian in entrepreneurial information literacy, and collaboration between business and engineering librarians in academia.

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When considering the teaching needs of faculty, much of the literature in the field of librarianship focuses on information literacy needs and instruction. An Ithaka S+R 2018 study explored how librarians could further support faculty teaching needs, specifically looking at business faculty [1]. A similar, more-targeted study was conducted on the teaching needs of engineering faculty in 2020 [2]. This paper compares the results of these two separate studies, to determine where, if any, teaching needs overlap. Interview transcripts from both studies were coded and analyzed to discover any commonalities in teaching needs between business and engineering faculty and how the library and librarian fit into the narrative. Ultimately three core themes emerged: student literature research skills, project-based learning, and electronic access to materials and resources. Recommendations for additional research and future librarian collaborations, as well as faculty outreach, are prescribed.

[1] K. Tanaka et al., "Teaching Business: Looking at the Support Needs of Instructors," Ithaka S+R, 2019. [2] [AUTHOR NAME], "Examining the Teaching Needs of Engineering Faculty: How the Library and Librarian Fit In," presented at the 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference, July, 2021.

Rowley, E. (2023, June), The Teaching Needs of Engineering Faculty Compared with Business Faculty: How the Library and Librarian Fit In Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. 10.18260/1-2--44489

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