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Toolkit for Library Liaisons

What is the Role of a Liaison?

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.

  • Serve as a resource on services, programming, and resources
  • Provide reliable, consistent, and timely service and responses
  • Provide discipline-specific instruction
  • Provide discipline-specific reference assistance
  • Provide discipline-specific research consultations
  • Develop collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the students and faculty
  • Serve as a resource for information on scholarly communication and copyright
  • Communicate changes in library services and resources

Strategies for Liaisons

Liaisons have many roles in serving the Libraries and their assigned departments. You will find many suggested activities (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:

  • Be Proactive in contacting your departments in person and virtually (remember faculty get many emails so yours might be lost please contact them in person whenever possible), and,
  • Be Engaged and Involved in the department by visiting, (attend faculty brown bags and student group meetings etc.).

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.


This LibGuide was developed, with permission, from the Wayne State Libraries Liaison Toolkit LibGuide.