Rysavy, Monica and Michalak, Russell (2020) “What Collaboration Means to Us: Trust, Laughter, & Scholarly Productivity,” Collaborative Librarianship: Vol. 12 : Iss. 1 , Article 2. Available at:


This essay examines how collaboration is key to a successful scholarly partnership over an extended period. We firmly believe successful collaboration only works by trusting your colleague. Part of the balancing act of working on major projects and publications is deciding who will take the lead or take on the majority of the work, while the other person takes on a more supportive role. We share three successful ongoing projects (our information literacy assessment program, onboarding program, and inventory of the book collection with Agile methodologies) that could not have been completed without each other’s knowledge and skills.

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