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Library Liaison Report to Spur Discussion of Liaison Roles


The Association of Research Libraries is pleased to release the final report of a pilot Library Liaison Institute (PDF) organized by Columbia University Libraries, Cornell University Libraries, and the University of Toronto Libraries, and held at Cornell University in June 2015. Nearly 50 liaison librarians from the three Association member institutions convened in Ithaca, New York, for two days to examine—through a mix of presentations and active learning experiences—future models for structuring liaison work, and to discuss ways to measure the impact of liaison work on fulfilling the mission of the university.

The report, authored by Library Liaison Institute organizers Barbara Rockenbach, director, Humanities and History Libraries, Columbia University Libraries; Judy Ruttenberg, program director, Association of Research Libraries; Kornelia Tancheva, associate university librarian for Research and Learning Services, Cornell University Libraries; and Rita Vine, head, Faculty and Student Engagement at the University of Toronto Libraries, summarizes the institute and offers critical reflections and recommendations for reorganizing liaison work as well as guidance for offering future Library Liaison Institutes.

Following on a 2013 New Roles for New Times report on liaison librarians and a 2015 SPEC Kit on the Evolution of Library Liaisons, this new report will continue the Association-wide conversation on the needs and roles of liaisons in research libraries.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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