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Subject Librarians Innovatively Partnering at the University of Central Florida: Recommended Reading

Guide to accompany the May 15th 2015 FLA Subject Librarian Panel

Subject Liaison Bibliography

Selected Bibliography

ARL Publishes Special Report on Liaison Librarian Roles

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a report on liaison librarian roles as a special issue of Research Library Issues (/RLI/ #265) 2009.

Guest edited by ARL’s Karla Hahn, this special issue of RLI focuses on the evolution of new roles and institutional strategies for liaison work. Five articles identify emerging roles and consider the challenges of developing corresponding liaison capabilities. Authors from Minnesota, Berkeley, MIT, British Columbia, and NYU each reflect on their experiences and offer insights to fellow travelers mapping out their own routes to a new vision of liaison work. The full table of contents with links to the articles follows.

“Introduction: Positioning Liaison Librarians for the 21st Century”
Karla Hahn, Assistant Executive Director, Research, Teaching, and Learning, ARL

“A Framework for Articulating New Library Roles”
Karen Williams, Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs, University of Minnesota Libraries

“Amplifying the Educational Role of Librarians”
Elizabeth A. Dupuis, Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives and Director of the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, University of California, Berkeley

“The Last Mile: The Liaison Role in Curating Science and Engineering Research Data”
Tracy Gabridge, Co-Head, Engineering and Science Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

“Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles”
Joy Kirchner, Librarian for Collections, Licensing and Digital Scholarship, University of British Columbia Library

“New Roles of Liaison Librarians: A Liaison’s Perspective”
Kara M. Whatley, Life Sciences Librarian and Head of the Coles Science Center, New York University

Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC (RLI) is a freely available, online-only publication released six times per year by the Association of Research Libraries. RLI focuses on the major issues that affect the ability of research libraries to meet the academic and research needs of the diverse communities they serve.

 Other Publications:

Academic library liaison programs: four case studies. By: Henry, Jo. Library Review, 2012, Vol. 61 Issue 7, p485-496, 12p; DOI: 10.1108/00242531211288236

Academic library liaison programs in US libraries: methods and benefits. By: Thull, James; Hansen, Mary Anne. New Library World, 2009, Vol. 110 Issue 11/12, p529-540, 12p;               DOI: 10.1108/03074800911007541

The Benefits of Non-Library Professional Organization Membership for Liaison Librarians.  By Miranda Henry Bennett. In The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 37(1):46-53.

Dangerous liaisons? : Defining the faculty liaison librarian service model, its effectiveness and sustainability. By RODWELL, John; FAIRBAIRN, Linden In Change management in academic libraries - 2 Library management 2008, Vol. 29, Issue 1-2 p116-124 9p

Evaluating the Impact of Academic Liaison Librarians on Their User Community: A Review and Case Study. By: Cooke, Louise; Norris, Michael; Busby, Nial; Page, Thomas; Franklin, Ginny; Gadd, Elizabeth; Young, Helen. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Apr2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p5-30. 26p. 4 Charts. DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2011.539096.

Experiments and Experiences in Liaison Activities : Lessons from New Librarians in Integrating Technology, Face-to-Face, and Follow-Up. By KOZEL-GAINS, Melissa A.; STODDART, Richard A. In Collection management 2009, Vol. 34, Issue 2 p130-142 13p
As is the case in many university libraries, Albertsons Library at Boise State University, has hired many new librarians to replace retiring librarians. These newer librarians, typically with less than 3 years' academic library experience, are actively engaged in meeting the opportunities and challenges of subject liaison responsibilities using innovative Web-based tools. This article addresses liaison experiences with faculty-directed blogs, personalized facuity research pages, a wiki-based liaison manual, and the use of LibraryThing as a collection development tool. An overview of these efforts confirms that new technologies are only as good as the face-to-face communication and the follow-up that accompany their implementation. Much of the content in this article was presented at the 2007 and 2008 Acquisitions Institute conferences at Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, Oregon.

The Importance of Library Liaison Programs.  By: Carpan, Carolyn. College & Undergraduate Libraries. Jan-Mar2011, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p104-110. 7p. DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2011.550536.

Leading Change in the System of Scholarly Communication: A Case Study of Engaging Liaison Librarians for Outreach to Faculty. By MALENFANT, Kara J. In College & research libraries 2010, Vol. 71, Issue 1 p63-76 14p.
This narrative, single-case study examines how liaison librarians at the University of Minnesota (UMN) came to include advocating for reform of the scholarly communication system among their core responsibilities. While other libraries may hire a coordinator or rely on a committee to undertake outreach programs, UMN has defined baseline expertise in scholarly communication for all librarians who serve as liaisons to disciplinary faculty members. By 'mainstreaming' scholarly communication duties, UMN is declaring these issues central to the procession.1 This intrinsic study uses evidence gathered from open-ended interviews with three participants, supplemented by documentation. It explores the context of these changes, systems thinking, and new mental models.

Liaison services  /  Susan Logue ... [et al.].Detail Only Available Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, 2007. 01/01/2007 169 p.

Liaison Services in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 189. By: Latta, Gail F.. 1992 193 pp. (ED359971)

The library liaison toolkit : Learning to bridge the communication gap. By MACALUSO, Stephan J.; PETRUZZELLI, Barbara Whitney In Relationships between teaching faculty and teaching librarians The Reference librarian 2005, Issue 89-90 p163-177 15p

PERSPECTIVES ON… · Going Boldly Beyond the Reference Desk: Practical Advice and Learning Plans for New Reference Librarians Performing Liaison Work. By: Stoddart, Richard A.; Bryant, Thedis W.; Baker, Amia L.; Lee, Adrienne; Spencer, Brett. Journal of Academic Librarianship. Jul2006, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p419-427. 9p.


Successful Liaison Marketing Strategies for Library Instruction: The Proof Is in the Pudding. By: Graham, Jamie M.. Southeastern Librarian, Spring2008, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p4-8, 5p

Taking the Mountain to Mohammed: The Effect of Librarian Visits to Faculty Members on Their use of the Library.  By: Watson, Erin M. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Nov2010, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p145-159. 15p. 2 Graphs. DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2010.500922.

University Faculty's Perception of a Library Liaison Program: A Case Study. By: Yang, Zheng Ye (Lan). Journal of Academic Librarianship. Mar2000, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p124. 5p.

Using Multiple Data Sources to Develop a Liaison Agenda.  By: Brown, Jeanne M.; Tucker, Cory. College & Undergraduate Libraries. Oct-Dec2010, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p365-385. 21p. DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2010.525424.
Subject librarians at many college and university libraries have a wide variety of job responsibilities. Yet they often lack guidance on goal setting and prioritization. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Libraries, the liaison program currently lacks a formal agenda setting process. This study explores using multiple sources of data for liaison goal setting and goal prioritization. Data from the LibQUAL+ survey, faculty surveys and focus groups, and usage statistics were examined for the disciplines of art, architecture, business, and hotel administration, and then applied to the development of liaison agendas. The results show that data can enrich and inform liaison perceptions of the behavior and priorities of their constituents and assist liaisons with establishing annual goals.[ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

What Liaisons Say about Themselves and What Faculty Say about Their Liaisons, a U.S. Survey. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, v12 n2 p155-177 Apr 2012.