Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in Collaboration

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Academic libraries and museums foster many outstanding collaborations supporting teaching, learning, and research within their respective institutions. These collaborations, like other progressive activities, require significant invisible labor, caretaking, and resources that have not always been documented.
Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community collects examples of successful academic library-museum collaborations and serves as critical knowledge for the cultural heritage sector. Authors from libraries and museums across the United States demonstrate how to develop and execute partnerships and bring forth new dimensions of transdisciplinary objects-based pedagogy, research, and learning centered on inclusive educational practices. Chapters explore visual thinking strategies and the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education in the undergraduate classroom; restoring Indigenous heritage through tribal partnerships; using object-based teaching to motivate student research; and much more.
The collaborative approaches highlighted here demonstrate the power of possibility when two collections-centric entities unite to enrich our collective understanding of materiality, instructional approaches, and the importance of provenance. Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community also illustrates why interrogating past practices and value assignments within academic library and museum collections is essential to advancing culturally relevant approaches to knowledge sharing in physical and digital spaces.


Chapter 1. Designing a Better GLAM Alliance: Aligning Missions, Values, and Strategic Goals at the University of Oregon’s Libraries and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Adriene Lim, Jill Hartz, and Jenny R. Kreiger
Chapter 2. The University of Iowa Executive Leadership Academy: A Case Study in Leveraging Broad University Resources to Support GLAM Collaborations
Jane Garrity, Elizabeth Constantine, Megan Hammes,
Cory Lockwood, and Lynn Teesch
Chapter 3. Visual Thinking Strategies and The Framework in the Undergraduate Classroom: Research as Inquiry and Scholarship as Conversation through the Lens of a University’s Art Collection
Kayla Birt Flegal and Alexandra Chamberlain
Chapter 4. Pieced Together: Community Engagement Through Collaboration
Susan Dreher and Andrea Packard
Chapter 5. The Cultural Heritage Collaborative: Shared Mission, Expertise, and Spaces for Natural History and Library Collections
Patrick Kociolek, Robert H. McDonald, Leslie J. Reynolds, and Jennifer Knievel
Chapter 6. Restoring Indigenous Heritage: Building Community through Tribal Partnerships at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
Jennifer A. St. Germain, Kelsey T. Grimm, and April K. Sievert
Chapter 7. Building Bridges: A Case Study in Community Engagement Between the Art Museum and the Library System at West Virginia University
Sally Brown and Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson
Chapter 8. Editing Wikipedia at Vanderbilt: How Library-Art Gallery Collaboration Can Benefit Learning Beyond the Classroom
Mary Anne Caton and Joseph Mella
Chapter 9. Paths to Partnership: New Models for Museum-Library Collaborations at Northwestern University
Corinne Granof
Chapter 10. Across the Square: Collaborative Paper and Photograph Conservation at the University of Washington Libraries and the Henry Art Gallery
Stephanie Lamson and Sylvia Wolf
Chapter 11. Librarians and Curators as Co-teachers: Using Collaborative, Object-Based Teaching to Motivate Student Research and Inquiry
Alexander Watkins and Hope Saska
Chapter 12. Of Primary Importance: Connecting Social Studies Teachers to Library and Museum Resources
Adrienne Scott, Pamela Nett Kruger, and Irene Korber
Chapter 13. Using Exhibitions for Teaching and Learning: Collaboration Between a University Library and Museum
Alex Regan
Chapter 14. Collection-Centered Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship in St. John’s University’s Master’s Degree Program in Museum Administration
Dr. Susan Rosenberg with Alyse Hennig
Chapter 15. Collaboration and Convergence at the Consortial Level: Museums10 and the Five College Library Consortium
Jennifer Gunter King, Simon Neame, and Jessica Nicoll
Chapter 16. How History and a Commitment to Social Justice Informed Library-Museum Collaboration at Oberlin College
Alexia Hudson-Ward
About the Editors

Alexia Hudson-Ward

Alexia Hudson-Ward is Associate Director of Research & Learning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. Her past roles include the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College, Penn State University tenured librarian, award-winning entertainment editor, public radio promotions coordinator, and Coca-Cola Company marketing manager. She contributes service to the cultural heritage & higher education communities as a trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass & on the Board of Directors for The Center for Research Libraries, LYRASIS, and The Conversation U.S. Edition.
Alexia is a member of the American Antiquarian Society, the MIT Press Editorial Board, and an Advisory Board member of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Toward Inclusive Excellence, a popular multimedia blog dedicated to illuminating diversity-centered research. She holds an MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English Literature and African American Studies from Temple University. Alexia is currently a Simmons University doctoral candidate in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program and holds several professional certificates.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Julie Rodrigues Widholm is the Executive Director of UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), where she leads the strategic and artistic vision to promote community building, new scholarship, equity, and interdisciplinary learning in exhibitions, collections, and programs. Prior to BAMPFA, Rodrigues Widholm was director and chief curator at DePaul Art Museum, where she launched a multiyear Latinx Art Initiative, and a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago specializing in global contemporary art and artists from Latin America. Her curatorial projects have been presented at museums across the United States, such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, Nasher Museum at Duke University, MIT List Visual Arts Center, among others. She holds a BA in Art History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Scott Walter

Scott Walter is Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.