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Two information literacy leaders from the University of Rhode Island, Cheryl A. McCarthy, Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and Interim Dean of University Libraries, and Mary C. MacDonald, Professor and Head of Instruction in the University Libraries, collaborated with colleagues across the state to present a multi-type library professional development (PD) workshop sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). With the creation of a panel of librarians from multi-type libraries, librarians shared best practices in information literacy instruction across one state. In this paper, we will discuss how a panel of academic, high school, public, and special librarians collaborated to present examples of best practices teaching information literacy and created a LibGuide to curate resources. We will share the goals of the PD workshop and how participants interacted in round table discussions to find synergies in programs. We will also identify the outcomes of this collaboration for sustainability and continued professional development for instruction in libraries with the formation of an Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART, 2014).
McCarthy, C. A. and MacDonald M. C. (In Press 2014) “We're All In It Together: Professional Development Linking Multi-Type Libraries with Information Literacy Instruction Across One State.” Presented at LOEX Annual Conference (May 9, 2014). In LOEX Conference Proceedings. LOEX, Grand Rapids, Michigan.