Interinstitutional library collaboration: Support for a joint master of public health program

Emily R. Ford, Laura Zeigen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Library-related and resource access issues confronting students enrolled in an interinstitutional joint master's degree program in public health are addressed in this chapter. It details a cross-institutional collaborative effort to identify and provide research resources to interinstitutional joint degree students and faculty and analyzes the program through the lens of literature on collaboration in higher education and in library instruction. Reports on findings from qualitative feedback and quantitative card sort analysis data were gathered to inform development of content for, and organization of, a library research guide. Bureaucratic structures and policies often affect library services to students and faculty in interinstitutional joint degree programs. Therefore, more salient information about library policies, services, and resources was needed in order for the affected libraries to coordinate instruction, collections, and services to best support such programs. One of the limitations of the case study was that limited qualitative and quantitative feedback was received. Also there was no prior formal needs assessment. Nevertheless, the chapter provides insight to challenges facing libraries and librarians supporting interinstitutional joint degree programs. It also points to administrative opportunities to create rich library collaborations. Existing literature does not adequately address obstacles of in-person interinstitutional joint degree programs. The contribution of this chapter is that it identifies the complications of access, library policies, and administrative procedure that will need to be address by two or more libraries that want to support joint degree programs at the college or university level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMergers and Alliances
Subtitle of host publicationThe Operational View and Cases
EditorsAnne Woodsworth, David Penniman
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Librarianship
ISSN (Print)0065-2830


  • Card sort analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Joint degree programs
  • LibGuides
  • Library instruction
  • Research guides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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