The Liaison Librarian Program provides faculty in departments with an ongoing opportunity for learning about the programs, services and collections of Parkland Library. A librarian is appointed to a specific department to maintain regular communication between the Library and that department. Departments are encouraged to include their liaison librarian in any forum, project, department meeting, or program where library support is a factor to be considered.
The Library encourages the department to formally designate a faculty member as the department library liaison so the librarian can learn more about the department and refer faculty needs to appropriate individuals or units within the Library. The liaison librarian will keep the department informed of library activities and will act as the primary contact for faculty, representing the needs of the assigned academic department to the Library.
Depending on the needs of the department, activities of a liaison librarian might include
Periodic meetings with individuals or groups of faculty to review information needs, including resources that should be added
Introducing new faculty to the Library and its programs and services
Tailoring instructional programs to specific unit needs
Providing assistance on difficult, specialized database searches
Monitoring curricular developments in the unit
Liaison assignments are made based on a combination of an individual's academic background, work experience and interest; assignments are evaluated periodically. Any faculty member with any question about Parkland Library, its programs and services, may contact their department liaison.
If you have questions or suggestions about the program, call or e-mail Anna Maria Watkin, Library Director.
Each librarian liaison has a special responsibility to ensure that the faculty of the department is kept informed about library programs, services and products that support their instructional and research activities.
Throughout each academic year a librarian liaison will
Acquaint themselves with the content of courses offered in the department
Identify opportunities to increase the Library's presence in the department's instructional program
Make personal visits to the department as necessary
Ensure that newly appointed faculty are introduced to the Library and its major functions
Work with faculty colleagues to resolve library issues, obtain needed library materials, locate needed information, and explore the Internet and its tools
Analyze relevant portions of the book and journal collection and perform collection development as needed