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Reference & Instruction Guide: Liaisons
Policies, procedures, best practices and training guide, for reference and instruction services.
As subject or program liaison, Liaison Librarians are the main link between the library and academic programs. Liaison activities involve establishing a line of communication with faculty through e-mail, phone, or face-to-face meetings. Liaisons become familiar with program curriculum and trends, plus develop & manage a collection of resources that fit the program needs.
Relate course topics to Library resources in both print & eresources currently available.
Check to see if your area has gone through a Program Review, where the program trends are documented.
Initiate contact with program lead by possibly phone or email.
Consider creating list of questions or resource sharing topics ahead of time to maximize time together.
Ask to attend a program meeting to get to know faculty in your area, listen to program issues, and to be considered to talk about library resources that relate to curriculum / assignment topics.
Once you get to know some of the faculty, you may want to meet individually regarding assignment research needs or library collection development needs. This is a nice way to encourage Library Instruction and Library Collection Development services.
Share via campus email distribution lists to all full-time & part-time faculty / staff in your program any library news and resources that may be pertinent.
Share with library staff happenings in your liaison programs:
Keeping library staff updated assists in providing reference / instruction services and other library services.
Review meetings and reports tab to see materials regarding course revisions or for approvals of new courses. Access to the CC reports & proposals are in the network's "O" drive: O:\Exec-Public\Provost-Office-Public\Academic-Senate-Public\Curriculum Committee