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Liaison Services

Courtright Memorial Library

Library liaisons engage with faculty and staff, meeting their research, access, and teaching needs across all schools, departments, and University programs. Factors that drive faculty engagement can include:

  • Program design
  • Majors and minors taught
  • Number of faculty per program/department
  • Digital Commons representation and usage
  • School, department, and program committee participation

Supporting the needs of the student body are equally important, and factors that drive student engagement can include: 

  • Research project needs and assignments
  • Information literacy engagement
  • Event and programming support and opportunities
  • Select and appropriate University Program & Enrichment Series committee participation

Above all, liaisons are expected to be advocates for the Library, its services and resources, and will work to foster collaboration between the Library and other areas on campus.  

In addition to responsibilities associated with each position’s primary job descriptions, library staff will be encouraged to liaise with academic and administrative departments in a variety of appropriate and necessary ways, including:

Outreach, Advocacy, and Support (All)

  •  Work closely within liaison areas to assist with developing new programs or initiatives
  • Identify and follow up on departmental project collaborations
  • *Present annually to liaison areas to share library updates and to connect library initiatives more closely to liaison area goals
  • Assist with accreditation, program reviews, and development
  • Participate in any necessary or relevant committees related to or housed within their liaison areas and report back to the library as needed
  • Take initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communication about the resource needs and service expectations from faculty, student and staff.

Scholarly Communications (All)

  • Work with faculty, students, and staff to identify low or no-cost textbook options
  • Assist liaison area with utilizing library resources
  • Keep current with general trends in scholarly communications and educate and inform liaison's community about scholarly communication issues
  • Promote new avenues of scholarly communication such as open access publishing, journal hosting, etc.
  • Discover and recruit scholarly output for inclusion in the DC@otterbein

Collection and Resources (Librarians)

  • Engaging in appropriate collection development
  • Systematically review appropriate collections as per the Collection Development Policy standards
  • Partner with university groups to identify and provide access to currently-taught textbooks (print or eBook)
  • Provide new program and accreditation collection analysis if desired 

Teaching, Learning, and Research Services  (Librarians)

  • Assist faculty, students, and staff with research and other information literacy questions
  • Assist staff and faculty in those areas with electronic, print, and other resource or access needs
  • Provide instruction in information literacy to courses or individuals within the discipline
  • Identify the major and minor gateway courses and actively seek a significant degree of involvement in those courses.
  • Provide abundant research services including research consultations and faculty research assistance.

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Westerville, OH 43081

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