Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)


Collaborative Academic Partnerships: Support for International Students’ Library Research Success

Friday, June 2
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 408B

An international research team studied student experiences in academic libraries located in home countries and host institutions. To foster successful transitions, these research findings frame design activities for collaborative orientation programs involving campus academic libraries, international student offices, and academic support services.

Learning Objectives:

Mary M. Somerville

University Librarian, University Libraries
University of the Pacific

While serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden, Dr. Mary M. Somerville developed strong intellectual relationships with Scandinavian social informatics professors. In subsequent years, she hosted their undergraduate and graduate students, as well as two Swedish faculty members on sabbatical assignments. When her research agenda integrated Australian learning theories, Mary expanded her professional network and hosted an Australian Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the university library. She also initiatied a five year staff exchange program with a Swedish academic library followed by a three year staff exchange program with an Australian academic library. In recognition of her internationalization efforts, Mary received the Global Ambassador Award from the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.


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Niraj Chaudhary

Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives

Niraj Chaudhary currently serves as Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives for University Libraries at University of the Pacific, one university with campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California, USA. Previously, he served as Head of Information and Educational Technology Services for Auraria Library, which serves University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver.


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Elizabeth Cooper

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Liz Cooper is an Assistant Professor and Social Sciences Librarian at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM, USA). She is also the Library's liaison to the University's Global Education Office. She has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX, USA) and an MA in Middle East Studies from The American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt). She is active in the American Library Association (ALA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and NAFSA, among other professional associations.


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Michael Flierl

Assistant Professor of Library Science, Learning Design Specialist
Purdue University

Michael Flierl is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Learning Design Specialist at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). His research and practice aims to empower various student groups, including international students and rising scholars (usually referred to as first generation, underrepresented minority, and low income students) to use information critically and reflectively to learn – fostering academic and professional success. Leading an international student interest group, participating in a transfer student committee, and collaborating directly with faculty instructing international students, Michael is actively involved in working to make Purdue Libraries, and Purdue more broadly, recognize the values and benefits of inclusivity and diversity.


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