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To enhance communication and facilitate partnership between the Library and Faculty staff, the Library Liaison Programme is established to provide support to faculty staff in different areas.

Purposes

A library liaison is a staff member designated as the formal contact person between the Library and a specific academic department. The primary role of a liaison is to foster communication between the library and the academic department. The liaison understands the information needs of his or her academic department and to represent those needs within the Library. At the same time, the liaison is also fully knowledgeable about library resources and services and will present them 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, the Library Liaison Programme depends upon the support and cooperation from many areas of the Library. With understandable variations, services listed below are just suggestions, and may vary with different needs.

Services

 
Communication
  • Understand the working and information needs of assigned department/s
  • Participate in the departmental meetings of assigned department/s
  • Schedule meetings with department staff
  • Provide new staff orientation
  • Communicate and update the department with the latest information regarding library resources, services and facilities 
  • Participate in the liaison librarian meeting
Teaching, Learning and Research Support
  • Develop subject knowledge in the discipline of the department he / she serves
  • Conduct tailor-made library workshops to meet specific needs of different courses
  • Prepare and maintain the course reading lists on Course Readings @ Library
  • Maintain library subject resources page for the department
  • Perform subject-specific reference service via email, telephone, and in-person
  • Provide basic and in-depth research consultation
  • Perform mediated searches
  • Set up subject alerts
  • Work closely with assigned department(s) for any joint events with the Library
Collection Development
  • Pass along acquisition requests from users
  • Keep relevant statistics and annual report
  • Work closely with assigned department/s on collection development and management
  • Assist with and/or place items on Course Reserves
Scholarly Communication Services
  • Participate in programme curriculum committee
  • Act as the library representative in academic unit committees
  • Coauthor articles or grants with academic faculty
  • Perform services to support grants seeking
  • Search citations to help prepare tenure and promotion packets
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