Reaching Shared Goals in Higher Education: A Collaboration of the Library and Disability Support Services

Karen F. Kaufmann, Dr. Geraldine Perez, Marshall Bryant


How do departments in higher education partner and collaborate to support student academic success? Is collaboration a result of only intentional work, or can unintentional conversations, interactions, and dialogue produce significant impact? Disability Support Services (DSS) and the Library uncovered some common goals as a result of ongoing yet informal dialogue and interactions. As common goals and shared vision emerged in conversations and activities, new opportunities for collaborative work between DSS and the Library became evident. This case study may provide new stepping stones and innovative thoughts for your collaborative work possibilities in higher education.


collaboration; higher education; communication; library; disability support services; partnership; perceptions; access; accommodations; technology; awareness; leadership

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