Library Liaison Program Objectives and Goals

The library liaison is the primary contact person between the University Libraries and Archives and an academic unit (school, department, or program). The intention of the program is to provide each academic unit with the name of at least one person that they can contact in the library for assistance with or information about library resources and services.

The library liaison is expected to be generally well informed about the Libraries' collections, services, and resources; and able to interpret and promote these to faculty and students in his or her academic unit.  The library liaison is also expected to become knowledgeable in the subject matter, the curriculum, and the information and research needs of the academic unit.


The library liaison program will:

  • Facilitate and improve communication with academic units and the individual faculty members in those units.

  • Promote the services and resources of the library to academic units and individual faculty members

  • Advocate the library, its resources and services across campus through personal contacts

  • Advocate the curricular and research needs of academic units and individual faculty members in regard to funding and selection issues

  • Provide a contact person in the library for academic units and faculty who is knowledgeable about curriculum, research trends, syllabi information, and future directions in specific disciplines

  • Provide information about the library, its funding and selection policies to academic units across campus.

  • Involve faculty from across campus in the selection and de-selection of library materials.

  • Provide opportunities for library faculty to become more involved in the campus community and become better acquainted with faculty across campus and academic units.

  • Provide an opportunity to train, orient and mentor new faculty, both in the library and across campus.

Objectives (Action Steps):

Library liaisons are expected to:

  • Participate actively in Selector's meetings and the decision making process.

  • Be a point of contact for the academic unit with the University Libraries and Archives and collaborate with the assigned academic units.

  • Communicate on a regular basis with the academic unit.

  • Notify the academic unit of new resources and services applicable to the discipline.

  • Provide information to the academic units about funds available, and the selection process.

  • Know about the assigned academic unit and work in assessing or reviewing curricular changes and working in accreditation or review processes. Provide support for accreditation review processes, new academic programs, and grant proposals.

  • Seek feedback from the academic unit regarding library resources and services.

  • Attend events and become involved in departmental or academic unit activities.  Schmooze.

  • Meet with both old and new faculty in academic units across campus.  Establish relationships with and get to know individual faculty in the academic units for which they are responsible.

  • Share collection development profiles with the faculty in academic units.

  • Support faculty teaching and research through the purchase and provision of materials.

  • Build faculty profiles of individual faculty members in academic units to guide the selection of materials.

  • Involve faculty across campus in the selection and de-selection process.

  • Select and initiate orders for materials in the particular subject areas associated with the academic unit

  • Review gift materials.

  • Maintain an awareness of expenditures within the limits of the fund allocations.

  • Evaluate collection strengths and weaknesses.

  • Review circulation statistics and patterns, along with Interlibrary Loan requests and statistics.

  • Participate in the formulation and writing of collection development policy and statements.

  • Develop guides to resources and services.

  • Serve on appropriate committees and task forces across campus.

  • De-select materials that are superseded, outdated and no longer viable to the library's mission.

The liaison partnership is intended to be a collegial relationship between the library liaison and the academic unit.  Library liaisons need to become integral members of the academic community and take an active role in enhancing academic units throughout the university.