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No Writing Center is an Island: A Swedish Writing Center and its University Library Work Together
Umeå University, Umeå University Library.
Umeå University, Umeå University Library.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9735-4491
2016 (English)In: Building Bridges through Academic Writing: Research, Policy, and Practice: Third International Conference on Academic Writing in Israel June 27-28, 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Writing center tutors and librarians share in the goal of helping students with the recursive processes of writing and researching. Nevertheless, few writing centers that are located in university libraries work collaboratively, but rather simply share a location.

Research from the US shows that collaboration can take different forms, and while some of these may be readily transferable to European university systems, some will be challenging to implement. Also, this research tends to originate from librarians rather than writing consultants (Ferer, 2012).

Umea University is unusual in that it works collaboratively. Drawing on our experience, we will provide a Swedish university's perspective based on the collaboration between its Writing Centre and University Library. We explain how we work together to match students' writing and researching needs, the challenges in collaborating, and what future additional collaborations are possible. Finally, we raise the question, what more can we do to develop and maintain our collaboration?

Discussing best practices can provide valuable information to better meet the new generation of students. Research, thinking and writing go hand in hand. Rather than compartmentalizing these processes, writing tutors and librarians can work together with students to help them navigate these intricately linked processes. Collecting this expertise into one location allows students more comprehensive support and convenient access: "one-stop shopping" (Cooke & Bledsoe, 2008).

Writing centers and libraries can have an influence in the current reformation of higher education and should contribute to the discussion by promoting their strengths and sharing their respective knowledge (Elmborg, 2005). We hope to contribute to the conversation through our presentation.

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2016.
Keywords [en]
Writing centers, collaboration, University libraries
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General Language Studies and Linguistics Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146279DiVA, id: diva2:1194670
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Third International Conference on Academic Writing, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 27-28, 2016
Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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