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Librarian Liaison Guidelines

Librarian Liaisons may be involved in:

Reference Activities

  • Reference assistance to faculty and departments
  • Individual reference consultations
  • In depth literature searches
  • Tracking faculty research interests
  • Attending conferences of department's discipline
  • Joint research projects
  • Informing faculty on services and resources
  • Design and implementation of special programs and exhibits
  • Co-sponsoring events with departments
  • Communication to faculty about discipline specific resources
  • Getting feedback on databases
  • Orienting prospective faculty on library resources
  • Meeting department's new faculty
  • Contribution to department publications
  • Attending department meetings
  • Getting on department mailing lists
  • Helping prepare accreditation reports
  • Writing grants with departments
  • Generally speaking, staying involved with faculty outside library

Instruction Activities

  • Teach course specific sessions (see Information Literacy Instruction for more details)
  • Virtual tours or physical tours
  • Individual instruction
  • Library Assignments
  • Integrate Information literacy concepts
  • Marketing

Collection Development

  • Have or attain some education, experience, interest or expertise in their assigned subject areas.
  • Find education opportunities to develop their knowledge in all of their assigned subject areas.
  • Read material reviews, articles and publishers catalogues related to their subject areas. This includes articles and books about trends and issues in the discipline itself.
  • Maintain communications with Faculty Representatives in their assigned areas.
  • Write their assigned subject area criteria and review annually and update when necessary. Do both in consultation with their department faculty representative.
  • Communication with the department Chair/s when necessary.
  • Produce all, or supplement, their assigned department's library material requests in a timely and complete manner. 
  • Field questions and supply information regarding the library ordering information when requested from department faculty in their assigned areas.
  • Act as the information specialist in their assigned subject areas when information is requested via patron (student, faculty or staff) that may be in or beyond our current resources.
  • Act as the source to disseminate to the department via the library faculty representative and/or individual department faculty, new resources and services that would be of use to them regarding the library generally and/or their research. Ask for and give feedback regarding resources.
  • Help participate in new faculty orientation, specific to their assigned subject areas. Volunteer to do this for the department or to participate in at least one department meeting.
  • Perform assigned subject area program reviews, new program assessments and accreditations.
  • Keep informed throughout the year about what their department faculty is requesting (691 subject search).
  • Review departments' requests not ordered at the end of the fiscal year.
  • Be available to assist the Continuing Resources and Monographic Acquisitions staff as requested regarding any questions or problems that may emerge concerning their department's orders (theirs and their department faculty).
  • Recommend material for gaps they find in any or all subject areas of the collection.
  • Weed material for their assigned subject areas.
  • Participate in CD meetings including the annually scheduled meeting of the faculty library representatives.
  • Design and implement programs and exhibits related to their assigned areas.