Library Roundup – Highline College

–Submitted by Deb Moore

Managing the Learning and Teaching Center

A constant goal of librarians is to reach out and establish closer working relationships with faculty colleagues. Of course, there are many approaches to doing so. At Highline College, Jack Harton, a reference librarian, took the approach of working informally with the staff of the college’s Learning and Teaching Center (LTC). This has now evolved to where he is responsible for totally revamping and managing the website for Highline’s Learning and Teaching Center (http://ltc.highline.edu). The website, still very much a work in process, will focus on two major components. The first is providing information on professional development opportunities for instructional staff, at the local, state, and national level. The second component focuses on teacher effectiveness and what Highline faculty are doing in the classroom to promote student learning and achievement. The idea is for the website to act as an avenue for sharing this information with other Highline instructors. For librarians, this sharing includes promoting library services and resources, including collaborating with other faculty regarding, among other things, information literacy instruction and the use of open education resources. In soliciting information from campus faculty to be added to the LTC site, Jack will be able to share with his reference colleagues what other faculty are working on and possibly identify opportunities for further collaborative opportunities.