Liaison and Liaison Librarian Responsibilities

The development of the collection is a shared responsibility of the library and teaching faculty. The Library Liaison Program is the main vehicle of communication, collaboration, and cooperation between library and teaching faculty. Generally, the library will host a meeting of the librarian liaisons and faculty liaisons once each fall and spring semester.

Current liaison and liaison librarian appointments.

In order to achieve these goals and meet mutual expectations, the following general responsibilities for both librarian liaisons and faculty liaisons are listed below.

Liaison Librarians

The liaison librarian is the primary contact for department/program faculty for questions and information regarding library collections, instructional support, and reference services.

Liaison Librarian responsibilities fall into these major categories:

Engagement – Serve as primary liaison to assigned subject area(s) for faculty, staff, and students. Take initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communication about resource needs and service expectations. Let faculty liaison know when there are new resources of interest in their area. Communicate new or important library initiatives. Work closely with the faculty liaison during special projects.

Education and Outreach – Work with assigned subject area(s) to design appropriate instruction through a variety of methods. Promote library services and collections.

Research Services – Provide in-depth reference and research services to library users.

Collection Development – In consultation with faculty liaison, develop and manage collections in support of assigned subject area(s) in appropriate formats. Consult with the faculty liaison and other academic administrators concerning future academic directions, programmatic needs, and changes in course offerings that may impact how the Library supports the department/program.

Digital Tools – Promote use of subject-specific information resources and services utilizing current technologies (such as LibGuides) and information tools. Work to develop and maintain accuracy and relevance of these tools as it relates to subject-specific content.

Scholarly Communication – Work to educate and inform Drake faculty, administrators, and students about issues associated with the scholarly communication process, especially textbook alternatives and Open Educational Resources (OER).

Faculty Liaisons

Faculty liaisons are appointed by the chairs of their respective academic departments or programs to serve as the primary representatives between the Library and departments or programs. Their responsibilities include:

  • Attend bi-annual Library Liaison meeting.
  • Keep assigned subject librarian informed about future academic directions, programmatic needs, and changes in courses and/or degrees that may impact how the library supports teaching and learning through library collections, instructional services and/or other library services.
  • Keep assigned subject librarian informed about new, evolving, or diminishing research focuses that may impact how the Library supports research and creative activities through library collections and/or services.
  • Regularly communicate with assigned subject librarian and encouragement of departmental colleagues to also communicate with assigned subject librarian  regarding instruction, purchase, research, or information needs.
  • Distribute library communications to departmental colleagues. Coordinate any response that may be required to these communication(s).
  • Coordinate faculty recommendations for acquiring new resources.
  • Coordinate departmental participation in special library projects.