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University of Colorado at Boulder
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5 of the North Central Association Higher
Learning Commission Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
The Libraries built a key partnership with Information Technology Services for the
Norlin Learning Commons -at
http://www.colorado.edu/its/oneonone/oneononespring08.pdf, scroll down to
“A Word from Dennis Maloney: Norlin Learning Commons: Innovative Learning
Spaces” (p.2)
The Libraries also partner with the Graduate Teacher Program to offer a Provost's
Fellows Program that provides a semester long fellowship in the Libraries for graduate
students who have an interest in some aspect of research librarianship. To date, at least
nine Libraries Fellows are matriculating in schools of library and information science.
In a partnership with the Writing Center, operated by the Program for Writing and
Rhetoric and located in Norlin Library, reference librarians work closely with the PWR
first year writing classes, providing information literacy instruction and research support.
The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering
and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
Core Component C. The organization assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who will live and
work in a global, diverse, and technological society.
Based on a shared commitment to supporting and providing access to the scholarship of
graduate students, the Libraries has partnered with the Graduate School to enable
submission of and access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) since fall 2004.
ETDs provide a technologically advanced medium for expressing and disseminating
ideas. The full text of dissertations produced at any campus of the University of
Colorado system from 1997 to the present are available as free PDF downloads from the
Chinook online catalog.
Core Component D. The organization provides support to ensure that faculty, students, and staff acquire,
discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.
As a campus partner in the educational mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder,
the University Libraries promotes information literacy through instructional programs
that address the conceptual understanding of information, information retrieval, and
information sources as well as critical thinking and analysis skills. The learning
objectives are directly linked to the campus' Student Digital Literacy Goals.
Using a curricular-integration approach, University Libraries faculty and staff provide
researchers with the conceptual understanding and technical skills necessary to:
identify the ways in which knowledge is disseminated, organized and acquired
access the wide spectrum of information resources made available to the campus
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