ARL has released Evolution of Library Liaisons, SPEC Kit 349, an exploration of the changing role of the library liaison, the shifting goals and strategies of liaison programs at ARL member libraries, and the factors that influence these changes on an institutional level. This study covers liaison services objectives and policies, assignment of liaison responsibilities, level of department participation, administration and evaluation of services, how liaisons are trained, and the benefits and challenges of offering such services.
Some of the major areas of change for library liaisons include skill sets, core duties and responsibilities, the categories of users served, methods of internal and external communication and collaboration, and the definition of impact and success. Catalysts of change include changes in various disciplines, the evolving landscape of scholarship and publishing, library reorganizations, reduced staffing, and new or revised federal policies.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of liaison services websites; descriptions of liaison responsibilities, competencies, and goals; job descriptions of staff who provide these services; and reports on changes to liaison models.
SPEC Kit 349, Evolution of Library Liaisons
Rebecca K. Miller and Lauren Pressley
November 2015 • 204 pp.
SPEC Kit 349
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