Library Liaison Programme

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To better support teaching, learning and research, the library liaison programme provides a range of avenue to enhance communications and facilitate partnership between the Library and academic departments.

 

What is a library liaison?

A library liaison is a staff member designated as the formal contact person between the Libraries and a specific academic department. The primary role of a liaison is to foster communication between the library and the academic programmes. The liaison is therefore expected to understand the information needs of his or her academic department and to represent those needs within the library. At the same time, the liaison is expected to be fully knowledgeable about library resources and services so as to represent these activities effectively to his or her academic department/s.

Since no two academic departments are exactly the same, no two library liaison assignments are exactly the same. On top of that, library programme depends upon the support and cooperation from many areas of the library. With understandable variations, here are progressive services levels of the library's Liaison programme:

 

Services required of all liaisons:

  • Develop subject knowledge in assigned liaison librarian area/s
  • Maintain library subject resources page for the department
  • Assist with and/or place items on reserve
  • Send library policy and other informational emails
  • Participate in the liaison librarian meeting
  • Keep relevant statistics and annual report
  • Work closely with academic departments on collection development and management
  • Pass along acquisition requests from users
  • Advocate for assigned department/s

 

Basic Services:

  • Perform email, telephone, and in-person subject-specific reference
  • Provide basic in-depth research consultations
  • Conduct course-integrated instruction
  • Develop programme specific library instructions
  • Perform mediated searches
  • Learn the working and information needs of assigned department/s
  • Help to set up subject alerts (SDIs)

 

Discretionary Services:

  • Participate in college or programme curriculum committee
  • Acts as library representative on academic unit committees
  • Coauthor articles or grants with academic faculty
  • Perform services to support grants
  • Search citations to help prepare tenure and promotion packets

 

Library Contacts for Academic Departments / Programmes