Building Collaboration with Faculty and Instructional Designers

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Beth Larkee Kumar
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero


Librarians are often working together within the library, but collaborating with faculty and instructional designers can benefit your students, faculty, and staff. Many large libraries have whole teams working collaboratively, but in a theological library you might be working at a much smaller scale, with a limited budget. This pre-conference focused on approaches that a small team (one librarian and one instructional designer/faculty member) has developed to collaborate across their departments to build a suite of services and collections to serve their patrons. The workshop allowed time to develop a plan of action to bring away three concrete items on which to collaborate with the faculty or instructional designers at your school.

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Preconference Workshops
Author Biographies

Beth Larkee Kumar, Graduate Theological Union

Beth Larkee Kumar is Learning and User Experience Librarian at the Graduate Theological Union Library in Berkeley, CA, managing library online learning, user experience, and managing the website, guides, and marketing. Previously she was Head of Reference at the GTU, managing reference desk and the reference collection.  Beth has been at the GTU for the past five years, but has previously been in academic libraries in Colorado, Illinois, and Virginia; ranging in size from giant flagship institutions to tiny private colleges. She holds both an MLIS and a Masters of Education (EdM) in Educational Organization and Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, United Lutheran Seminary

Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero is currently Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy at United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania.  Previously, he was Director of Digital Learning and Lecturer in Theology and Educational Technology at Graduate Theological Union, responsible for the consortium’s learning management system, course design workshops, faculty development, and teaching a doctoral seminar on digital pedagogy.  He earned his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies and Systematic Theology from GTU and has additional training from Educause and the Online Learning Consortium.  Starting in January 2020, he will be serving as co-editor of the journal Teaching Theology & Religion.