Collaboration is key to transform liaison roles

This ARL report, New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries, recently came out. It is by Janice M. Jaguszewski, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Karen Williams, University of Arizona Libraries. The report:

presents findings from interviews and other research into current trends in liaison librarianship, surfacing several challenges to the established, overarching liaison structure.

Within the report, they discussed collaboration on pages 13 and 14.

Collaboration and partnerships at every level, as well as clear roles and responsibilities, are critical to leveraging expertise and thereby developing and expanding new services, liaison roles, and library roles more generally. Librarians are increasingly inter-reliant with others on campus.

Everyone interviewed recognized the need for collaboration as new library roles and models emerge. As previously noted, the hybrid model of liaisons and functional specialists requires a team approach as well as a strong referral system. And, of course, the very use of the term “liaison,” which refers to a librarian’s connection with academic departments, suggests collaboration and partnership with faculty.

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