To enhance communication between the library and academic units.
To develop a systematic and sustainable method of developing library collections by working with faculty members.
To identify more clearly library resources needed to support the University’s academic programs and research.
Background & Challenges
The following challenges prompted the Library to look for different ways of managing collections.
Budget issues including an increase in subscriptions costs and a decrease in available funds for books inflation.
Faculty retirements and new faculty.
University growth and the need to support new programs.
Need for faculty outreach.
Growing library materials wish list.
Role of Library Liaisons
Serve as key contacts for collaborating with faculty in specific departments.
Learn as much as possible about programs in assigned department including courses, degrees and certificates offered; faculty research; community partnerships and outreach; accrediting organizations; professional associations; comparison of holdings with other universities; etc.
Create awareness of library materials and services available to faculty members.
Send requests for journal subscriptions and databases so that when funding is available your requests can be considered. Liaisons will submit requests for resources that require recurring funds to the Collection Development Committee for consideration.
Review book lists from liaisons and make recommendations for purchase.
Let us know when you are developing a new class or program so that we can discuss resources needed.
Communicate library resource requirements for accreditation to your department's library liaison.
Invite your department's library liaison to an occasional departmental meeting.
Tell us the best ways to communicate with you– email, IM, blogs, newsletters, web pages, meetings?
Pass along the names of new faculty, visiting faculty, others who may like to have a library contact.
Keep communication open for ways the Library can better partner with faculty.
Schedule library instruction sessions for students. Encourage faculty who have not used our library instruction program to contact us for options and ideas. The Library Instruction Team can customize instruction sessions for your courses.
The Carpenter Library aspires to be the intellectual center of its community, to foster innovations that lead to the discovery of knowledge, and to further the research and scholarly endeavors of its users.