Responsibilities of the UTA Subject Liaison Librarian are to:
Enhance the collections and make informed subject collection decisions based on:
- curricula and research
- data from a variety of sources.
When you are first assigned to a Liaison subject area, please contact the UTA Acquisitions Librarian [Presently unfilled position. In the meantime contact Peter Zhang. This will be updated when the position is filled.] to schedule a meeting to review the collections policy and get any of your questions about it answered.
Tips for the Subject Liaison Librarian:
1. Become familiar with the University of Texas at Arlington's graduate and undergraduate courses.
2. Survey the faculty in his/her subject departments to understand the research needs in the area.
Compiling data about UTA courses and faculty research is an ongoing process requiring periodic review due to their changing nature. The collection should reflect these changes. It is important to inform faculty that they can contact the Subject Liaison Librarian for resource requests. Forms for requesting new materials are posted on the left side of this page, and should be shared with faculty when receiving a request from them.
Given our "Just in Time, not Just in Case" Collection Philosophy, the selecting responsibility has stayed primarily with A&D. This is meant to help free liaisons up for more outreach work. There is no expectation for liaisons to select x number of books per yea, as is often the case at other academic libraries.
Below is the Collection Development Policy and related information for UTA Libraries.
Participate in ongoing communication with faculty, staff, and other selectors regarding:
SERIALS REVIEWS, WEEDING
Electronic Resources Information and Statistics:
Liaisons should monitor the following resources:
E-Resource use statistics are available on a title-by-title basis:
E-Resource outages: When a database is down, or when you can’t retrieve a PDF of something that we appear to be subscribed to: contact ERMS on Outlook.
Liaisons should become familiar with the UTA Library’s Digital Collections, as well as the work of our Special Collections, and efforts underway in Open Access Publishing. Incorporating these specialized collections into instruction, as well as including them in Library Guides, adds yet another dimension to the libraries’ resources.
In addition, some of the collections were developed with grant funding, and with the involvement of community or campus partners.
Liaisons should be on the lookout for opportunities to work with faculty, as well as with on and off campus partners, and and other library teams to bring potential collections to light.