What is a Librarian Liaison?
Librarians are assigned to a department(s) on campus based on their educational background or experience. They are expected to serve as a communication bridge between the library system and their department(s) and vice versa in order to provide support for teaching, learning, creation, and research. There are many roles for librarian liaisons in providing instruction sessions, research support, and collection development for their departments.
Liaisons work with faculty and students in their assigned departments, in the following ways. Refer to specific guide tabs or embedded links for more information on these roles.
Liaison Librarians have many roles in serving the library system and their assigned departments. You will find many suggested activities and lists of things to do but research has found that there is no one way to be a liaison and no one list of things to do that will make you a great liaison (see the the Liaison Competencies Document for ideas).
You should have two goals in mind when performing liaison work and then the details will be left to your professional discretion and how creative you are:
The key to building a successful liaison relationship is to make yourself and your services visible and accessible! Take a look at the recommended readings included throughout this guide to get started on working toward your liaison goals.