In the latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), teams from five North American universities describe their reorganizations and redefinitions of what it means to be a research library liaison with faculty and students. Barbara Rockenbach, associate university librarian for research and learning at Columbia University, opens the issue with an overview of the five case studies. Rita Vine, head of faculty and student engagement at University of Toronto Libraries and visiting program officer at the Association of Research Libraries, wraps up the issue with a selected bibliography for further reading.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
What Are We Trying to Build?
Barbara Rockenbach, Columbia University
Leaving Liaison Behind: Reflections on the Last Decade
M.J. D’Elia and Doug Horne, University of Guelph
MIT Libraries Liaison Program: A Paradigm Shift
Karrie Peterson and Ellen Finnie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The University of South Florida Libraries’ Evolving Service Model: From ROLES to Research Platform Teams
Maryellen Allen and Todd Chavez, University of South Florida
Moving from Subject Specialists to a Functional Model
Ann Frenkel, Tiffany Moxham, Dani Brecher Cook, and Brianna Marshall, University of California, Riverside
Iterative Evolution of the Liaison Librarian Role: A Brief Case Study
Jenifer Flaxbart, The University of Texas at Austin
Selected Bibliography on Library Liaisons
Rita Vine, University of Toronto and Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues no. 294 (2018) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
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