Librarian Liaison Guidelines
Librarian Liaisons may be involved in:
- 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
- Teach course specific sessions (see Information Literacy Instruction for more details)
- Virtual tours or physical tours
- Individual instruction
- Library Assignments
- Integrate Information literacy concepts
- 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 the Department Representatives in their assigned areas.
- Write their assigned subject area criteria and/or 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. This means they supply as much information as possible for their orders including web pages, brochures or catalogs.
- 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. Includes looking at the department requests submitted (691 subject search).
- Review departments' serial and monograph requests not ordered at the end of the fiscal year and contact the departments regarding their disposition.
- Be available to assist the Serials 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.