Library Liaison Program

Background and 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.

Resources

Goals

  • 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.

The 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.
  • Communicate the Library’s collection development policies to faculty members and involve faculty members in collection development.
  • Initiate appropriate requests for purchases of materials.
  • Provide feedback on behalf of academic departments to advise the Library of specific research and curricular needs.
  • Assist in providing statistical information for new courses and programs, program reviews, and accreditation reviews.
  • Participate in analysis of collections to determine strengths and weaknesses.

The Role of Faculty Department Representatives

  • Serve as a communication link between the library and your department/program.
  • Represent the teaching & research needs of your department/program.
  • Advise and consult with us about collections, teaching, and research .
  • Keep the library informed of curricular & departmental changes.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource keeping colleagues informed of library services & resources.

 

 

Contact us!

 

Area Code 904 
  
Administration620-2553
Checkout Desk620-2615
Course Reserves620-2615 
Interlibrary Loan    620-2615
Media620-2615
Reference620-2616