Library Liaison Program Liaison Potential Activities

The following list is intended as a guide for liaisons to utilize in setting up relationships and working with assigned departments, schools and programs.  The list is not meant to be exhaustive or prescriptive; rather it is an outline of activities that individual liaisons might consider in preparing an action plan for each academic year.  It is recognized that each individual liaison and department, school, or program are different and may require a variety of strategies to effectively serve those assigned to the liaison.  The checklist is provided just as a guide and not as a definitive or specific program.

Communication

  • Have name added to departmental mail and e-mail distribution lists

  • Create or update electronic distribution list of liaison clientele

  • Create and update subject web page or other "resources by subject page"

  • Have resources by subject page linked from department, program or specific course web site

  • Produce information guides on new services, collections, and research tools

  • Prepare or update subject research guides and electronic guides

  • Have subject research guides and electronic guides scanned and linked to the subject web page

  • Schedule regular visits

  • Write a feature or column for departmental or library newsletter

  • Prepare and distribute library information news updates (electronic or paper) targeted to the liaison department

Information Sharing

  • Send information packets to new faculty including adjuncts

  • Schedule individual orientation meetings with new faculty and adjuncts

  • Coordinate with Instruction Coordinator library orientation sessions for new graduate students

  • Schedule demonstrations of relevant electronic products

  • Establish or update new books distribution list

Information Gathering

  • Meet with Department Chair or Dean to learn about the current plans for the department or program; seek feedback on the library liaison program and the action plan being established for the year.

  • Continue to meet regularly with Department Chair or Dean to learn about current plans for the Department; seek feedback on the library liaison program and the action plan being established for the year.

  • Attend departmental meetings or other faculty inclusive gatherings

  • Survey and document faculty research interests

  • Serve on a departmental, program, or campus committee (e.g., facility re-dedication)

  • Assist with department, program, or campus self-study / re-accreditation / grant

  • Learn about the curriculum

Collection Development

  • Perform a scan of electronic resources in the subject or program area and recommend potential resources

  • Create or update collection development statement

  • In conjunction with the Selectors Committee, create or update collection development policy and when appropriate communicate to appropriate individuals or team

  • Perform a collection review (General, or Special collections)

  • Monitor use of serial titles: add and drop titles according to cost and need

  • Review serial titles for potential shift from paper to electronic format

Program Development

  • Perform a scan of the profession with regard to potential liaison activities for this area

  • Establish a liaison partnership with another library staff member or with other library staff in similar programs.

  • Audit or attend a class in the liaison subject area

  • Write and submit an article for publication that is related to one's liaison work or liaison subject area

  • Participate in a conference or workshop related to one's subject area

  • Assist with planning of conference related to one's subject area

New Directions

  • Work with department, program, or campus administrators to insure information literacy is fully incorporated into the program curriculum

  • Establish a teaching partnership with a member of the liaison departments or programs

  • Teach a course or a course component in the liaison departments or programs

  • Establish a research partnership with a member of the liaison departments or programs

  • Develop or help develop an interactive learning module in the liaison area