ARL is offering a free webcast to further explore Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries, the third report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, schools, and researchers. The latest report proposes that evolving research library environments—including shifting technology, student learning, and scholarly practices—call for a fresh look into the role of research library liaisons.
The webcast will feature the report authors as well as three reactors from the research library community. The authors, Janice M. Jaguszewski from the University of Minnesota Libraries and Karen Williams from the University of Arizona Libraries, will present highlights from the study, which was based on extensive interviews in the field. Also speaking in the webcast will be Barbara Dewey of Penn State University Libraries, Greg Raschke of North Carolina State University Libraries, and Catherine Soehner of the University of Utah Library. These three reactors will discuss ideas for using the report locally as well as provide their own observations about the changing liaison model.
The webcast is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. eastern daylight time. The event is free of charge but online registration is required. If you are unable to attend the webcast, it will be recorded and available on ARL’s YouTube channel shortly after the event.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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/.