Unrealised Potential: A Survey of Students as Partners in Australian University Libraries

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Dollinger, Mollie, Salisbury, Fiona and Davis, Kate. 2023. "Unrealised Potential: A Survey of Students as Partners in Australian University Libraries ." New Review of Academic Librarianship. 29 (3), pp. 288-303. https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2022.2138477
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Unrealised Potential: A Survey of Students as Partners in Australian University Libraries

ERA Journal ID36494
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDollinger, Mollie (Author), Salisbury, Fiona (Author) and Davis, Kate (Author)
Journal TitleNew Review of Academic Librarianship
Journal Citation29 (3), pp. 288-303
Number of Pages24
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1361-4533
1740-7834
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2022.2138477
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13614533.2022.2138477
Abstract

Student partnership, a growing phenomenon in higher education, has transformed the way universities collaborate with students. Yet to date the academic library has rarely been examined as place for student and staff partnership to thrive. In this paper, we present findings from a national students as partners benchmarking survey conducted across Australian academic libraries, with responses from library staff representing 35 universities across six states (n = 210). Our findings highlight that while many library staff see the potential benefits to student partnership, this potential is largely unrealised. Our findings further tackle the commonly perceived barriers to partnership specific to the library context, such as staff understanding of student partnership and its corresponding practices as well as challenges and barriers to student engagement. We conclude with a recommendation for more reflection in academic libraries on how to create a connected and relationship-rich culture of partnership.

Keywordsacademic library, students as partners, student voice, library as a partner
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461099. Library and information studies not elsewhere classified
461006. Library studies
390303. Higher education
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Byline AffiliationsDeakin University
Western Sydney University
School of Business
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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