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The Sum Is Greater Than the Parts: Cross-Institutional Collaboration for Information Literacy in Academic Libraries: Charity B. Hope, Christina A. Peterson

Recently, collaboration for information literacy has emerged as a particular theme in the professional literature. The past year alone (2000-2001) has seen the launch of ALA past-president Nancy Kranich’s “Information Literacy Community Partnerships Initiative,” and the related “Community and Collaboration” series in CRL News, beginning with Betsy Wilson’s inaugural essay, “The Lone Ranger is Dead: Success Today Demands Collaboration.”1 The sense of urgency conveyed by Wilson’s subtitle perhaps resonates most strongly in academic libraries, where librarians’ success or failure in helping students to learn information literacy skills depends on building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with classroom faculty. The title and content of another significant and recent publication, the collection of essays edited by Raspa and Ward entitled, The Collaborative Imperative: Librarians and Faculty Working Together in the Information Universe, underscores this point. In Doug Cook’s literature review on librarian/classroom faculty collaboration, he notes that his literature search for librarian-campus partnerships in academic libraries revealed over 400 articles describing specific campus projects and initiatives alone (what he calls the “How We Done It Good” category).2 Collaboration-especially collaboration on campus-is clearly a central and growing area of concern for advocates of information literacy.